The artist Ana Kuni was born in USSR during the communist regime. In her early memories long queues for food feature strongly, but she has happy memories too: playing on the beach during hot
summers, having the freedom to explore her immediate environment and the necessity of using one’s imagination as entertainment.
It was during childhood that the USSR collapsed and her country, Ukraine, became independent. The parents of Ana Kuni, both engineers by profession are humble sincere individuals and she was
fortunate enough to be raised in a very loving environment, where a strong bond to nature was encouraged and vegetarianism was a way of life. It was only as an adult that she realised how
remarkable and unique this lifestyle was and the sacrifices her parents must have made to maintain it, and for that she will always be truly grateful to them.
Ana Kuni always had a vivid imagination and her early paintings inspired her mother to send her to a local Art School aged six. She frequently travelled with her Father to St Petersburg and
Moscow to walk along the stately hallways of Hermitage Museum and Tretyakov Gallery. It was from this seed that the passion and love for art grew, and with it a realisation that this could be an
escape, from the functional ugliness of communism.