ana calder

Visual artist.  Proud mother.  Travel junkie

Ana's bio
A Poppy Field



Why Is Nudity So Important In My Art?

Because nudity expresses human energy and life, mundane yet controversial, simultaneously natural and unnatural.

My artwork is expressive and perhaps even romantic, with stories told by nude females in a whirlwind destined to challenge Adam who was told to feel free to eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden


The intention of my females is to transition from a flat image into a deep eruption of color merged in compositions swinging between active and resting forms. The anatomical study is part of the research of my work much inspired by Magic Realism in connection to magical moments in the real world upon hidden mysteries of the ‘I know", and moments of new understanding in the ‘I don't know’.

I use earthy and atmospheric tones, often in translucent, ethereal layers, incorporating organic shapes, blends, and textures within my work. Delicate line drawings of bodies and animals are integrated within expansive fields of splashed, dripped, and brushed paint


My creative process evolves in 3 phases and it may sound simple or mechanical but each phase has its' different focus and energy. The phases aren't moved by a time frame and each one exists aloof from that moment passing into the next one.

The Beginning unveils the road to freedom ,  is the phase with a creative and open-minded approach working mix-media predominantly with acrylic paint and layers of paint, paper, and crayons on a medium-large-scale canvas.

Ana plays with grafitti colors

The Exploring phase perpetuates a feeling of faith that the image moves the gazer into a meaningful experience whether it be emotional, intellectual, physical, or even mystical grasp.

The Completion phase allows me the serenity to fall in love with the avatar set in motion.


My work sparks from the lived experiences of the different cultures that have shaped me. Including my university years in that distinct New Orleans of the '70s; I was afterward enriched by 15 years in the isolated rainforest jungle of Costa Rica. I moved on to a contrasting environment and stayed 27 years in my beloved Sweden where I built my family, and in the meantime took geographic advantage to stay in Tallinn, Estonia for a short period before my recent move to a small village in charming Costa Rica where I'm presently stationed.

In 2017, I was granted the Award of Excellence by Trevisan International Art in Bologna, Italy, and also honored with the Certificate of Excellence given by the Palm Art Award in Quedlinburg, Germany in 2017 and 2019. My paintings are held within private collections in the USA, Costa Rica, Continental Europe, and Scandinavia. Old and recent exhibitions have taken place in Viken, Madrid, Helsingborg, Copenhagen, and Florence. Copenhagen.


...and I get a kick from that moment where I inspired the viewer and we experience a playful feeling of shared understanding.


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*Camino a Santiago* /private collection in Laröd, Sweden.

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*Camino a Santiago* /private collection in Laröd, Sweden.

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*ACCV 2022©


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Santa Ana, Costa Rica

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