Softly melodic yet spiritedly rhythmic compositions distinguish Estonian-born Zlata Jaanimagi’s paintings. Working primarily in oil on canvas, Jaanimagi’s brushwork is both alluring and animated, soothingly bravura and swept throughout her paintings. Though diverse in style and subject matter, these works convey a certain tranquility, emanating peace and calm to their viewers. Slightly fantastical in theme, the paintings are rooted in tangible forms and instilled with a rich, playful whimsy. Jaanimagi uses a cool palette, with colors that contrast in a transfixing alchemy which radiates into not only two-dimensional spaces, but our three-dimensional spaces as well. While the artist’s inspiration comes from her own psyche, she finds stimulation in her viewers’ reactions to her work. “Watching people’s reactions to my paintings is wonderful, because they are all very different but always positive,” explains Jaanimagi. “Everyone sees what he/she wants to see and it inspires me to new ideas.”
Artistic as a child, Zlata Jaanimagi traveled to St. Petersburg to study film and theater directing. With extensive experience in art direction, she now lives in Helsinki and is devoted to painting.