Ana Killingstad Artist

To wake the soul with tender strokes of art. Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. Painting is by nature a luminous language. The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Like emotions, colours are a reflection of life.
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Painting began as an activity that brought me great joy, but soon became much more than that.
It became a basic need and a way to express myself that I never imagined was accessible to me before.

Most importantly I enjoy it. A great deal of my work is done using fabric, gesso and acrylics.
The technique allows me to play with texture, color and light.

One of the most exciting aspects of these paintings is that the work evolves and reveals itself to me.

Although I have a vision of what I want a piece to look like when finished, as I work on it possibilities emerge and surprise me. The end result is often more interesting than I anticipated. I am always amazed at how this process unfolds and how I am the creator as well as the medium for the work to create itself.

I also love extracting bits and pieces out of nature, be it a detail of a leaf or a flower and blowing it up into large canvases. I am usually drawn to bright, bold colors and sensual forms. I use mostly acrylics for these pieces.


My parents were living and working in Washington D.C. when I was born. As the daughter of a Brazilian diplomat
I also lived in Paris, London, Hong Kong and Mexico
among other places.

Appreciation for the arts was a part of family life.
My stepmother is an artist, my father an author, both
instilled in me a love of art in all its manifestations.
From an early age we visited galleries, museums, went
to concerts and sight seeing outings wherever we happened
to be.

As an adult I studied music and languages and became a translator and interpreter by trade. However, music has never ceased to be a part of my life and I continue to play the classical guitar today.

After I married I stayed home and raised my children.
During this period we lived in Hong Kong, England and
later moved to Minneapolis, MN. I began painting in the mid 90s while living in Hong Kong, and I have produced artwork ever since, to present-day Minnesota.

Ana Killingstad
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I often have fresh works available. Please contact me if you would be interested in acquiring one, or if you just have a comment.
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