An Explorer, Architect and an Archeologist All Rolled Into One: Abstract Painter Ayn Kraven

Ayn Kraven’s oversized canvases are full of life, color and energy – dynamic compositions that demand the viewer’s full attention. Working primarily in acrylics, oils, and mixed media, Kraven is an accomplished abstract artist with a robust, devoted following on her Instagram account, @AynKraven.

 From the Humanity/Torn Apart Series – via the artist’s Instagram

From the Humanity/Torn Apart Series – via the artist’s Instagram

What we really admire about Ayn’s work is her fearless devotion to process. Emotionally intense, her explorations command contemplation: it is a pleasure to regard the finished work whilst discerning the route Kraven on her journey of creation. She states that every stroke matters. We see this manifesting in the rich array of texture and dimensionality that makes her work so arresting.

 Meditation/In Studio from the artist’s Instagram

Meditation/In Studio from the artist’s Instagram

The American Fabric Arts Building is committed to giving Stamford’s working artists a place to do their best work. Kraven speaks eloquently about the importance of having an appropriate workspace, writing, “For every Artist there Studio becomes a space which embodies the essence of that person. It vibrates with the energies that are expended during creation and weaves this invisible quilt of love frustration and the gifts bestowed through countless hours of work. No matter how bad my day may be I can always find comfort within its walls a force that drives me forward🖤” (sic)

Ayn has traveled and trained in many places throughout her life. “In the end, you are the creation of your own experiences,” she explained, crediting a turbulent childhood, artistic training in Switzerland, London, and Parson’s School of Design as critical points in her artistic development.

Ayn participates in Open Studios, and welcomes studio visits by appointment. When there, she urges visitors to view her work in a specific fashion. “When all is said and done, I invite the Viewer not to look at my work as a whole complete painting but, to be a part of my exploration of my layers or shapes and what emotions they might discover within themselves, what makes them connenct.”