Photo: Regina Kelaita, 2021

Juana Anzellini was born and raised in Colombia. She is currently living and working between Berlin and Leipzig.
She holds two post-graduate degrees: a “Meisterschülerstudium” at the HGB-Leipzig (Germany) lead by Prof. Helmut Mark (Klasse Bildende Kunst) and a “Masters in Fine Arts” from Caspar David Friedrich Institut (Greifswald, Germany) in 2015. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Her artistic work focuses on painting, drawing and printing. The theme “Blindness” in its physical, as well as in its psychical dimension, is the central and most important motivation of her artistic work. Due to her strong personal interest on the figure of the blind, and its respective perceptive limits and ranges, the ground of her ideas reaches again and again a broader perspective. Blindness is not just a matter of not seeing through the eyes. She is an active artist and exhibits internationally since 2009.


2021       Meisterschülerstudium / Prof. Helmut Mark, HGB-Leipzig, Germany

2015           M.F.A., Ernst Moritz Arndt Universität, CDFI. Greifswald, Germany

2014           Sommer Courses, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany

2009           B.F.A. & Minor in Literature, Univ. de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia

2006/07      Academic exchange by Prof. Friedemann Hahn, Akademie für Bildende Kunst. Mainz, Germany

Prices and Scholarships
2023 Lucas Cranach Residency-Scholrship. Cranach-Stiftung Wittenberg. 2023.

2022 Scholarship Neustart Kultur, Stiftung Kunstfonds.

Residency-Scholarship 32. Sächsisches Druckgrafik Symposion 2022.

2020   1.Prize at “100 Sächsiche Grafiken 2020”, NeueSächsische Galerie Chemnitz, Germany.

Purchase from the German State Collection KdFS, Germany.

2018/19     Creator Broker Owner Förderung (Promotion). Berlin, Deutschland.

2016/17     Caspar-David-Friedrich Scholarship. Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur MV, Germany.

2015          First Price / Neue Sinnlichkeit 2015, JVA Magdeburg, Germany

2014          Boost Price / artSIEBEN Kunstverein,Greifswald / Vorpommern, Germany

2009          Ramón Zubiría Scholarship. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia

2009          CUM LAUDE Degree. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia

2006/07    Academic Award. Johannes Gutenberg University. Mainz, Germany

Individual exhibitions

2023 SOFT PORN, FORO.SPACE. Bogotá, Colombia

2022 SOFT PORN, Galería Jenny Vilà. Cali, Colombia

2021 PSSST…!, Raum für drastische Massnahmen. Berlin, Germany

2020 #softpawn, @ck_offspace. Leipzig, Deutschland

2018 NICHT SEHEN WOLLEN/KÖNNEN. Galerie Irrgang. Berlin, Germany

2017 Mutuum Auxilium. Galería Jenny Vilá. Cali, Colombia

2017 Mutuum Auxilium. Fallada Haus. Greifswald, Germany

2015 Die verlorene Klarheit. PollyFaber. Greifswald, Germany

2014 The blindness of the sighted. BW Unlimited Galleries. Greifswald, Germany

2013 VER Y NO VER. Galería Las Edades. Bogotá, Colombia

2011 provocaciones. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia

2007 promesas. Akademie für Bildende Kunst. Mainz, Germany

Group exhibitions (selection)


HOCHDRUCK NOW, 70 Jahre XYLON, Kunstmuseum Reutlingen, Germany

100 Sächsiche Grafiken 2022, Museum für Druckkunst. Leipzig, Germany

Über Druck. Zeitgenössische Druckgrafik aus Sachsen und der Lausitz. Görlitzer Sammlungen. Görlitz, Germany

Schaufenster: Überdruck. Käthe Kollwitz Haus. Moritzburg, Germany

The State of the world. Gmünder Kunstverein.Schwäbis Gmünd, Germany


AUCTION, Weserhalle Galerie. Berlin, Germany

32. Sächsisches Druckgrafik Symposion. Hohenossig, Germany

100 Sächsiche Grafiken 2022, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz, Germany

Förderankäufe 2020/2021/ Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Landesvertretung Sachsen in Berlin, Germany.

Mimimi!!!, Works from the collection ” Wolken Kuckucksheim”. Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig, Germany.

Easter is the story of a woman, Gnezarethkirche (Kollaboration mit STARTBAHN). Berlin, Germany.

PASSANTEN (Amor&Pschyche), Mädler Art Forum. Leipzig, Germany.


RECHAZADA. Pintura ayer, hoy y mañana. Galería Jenny Vilà. Cali, Colombia.

M21/Meisterschüler*innen Ausstellung. A&O Kunstahalle. Leipzig, Germany.

INIT. Off-Space “Plateau”. Lindenow Festival. Leipzig, Germany.

KENNZEICHEN L – Eine Stadt stellt sich aus. Stadgeschichtliches Museum. Leipzig, Germany.

THIS IS NOT FUNNY, Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten. Berlin, Germany.

NEVER ENDING STORIES. Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig, Germany.

Pintura Inmortal. Galería EL MUSEO. Bogotá, Kolumbien.

STÖRENFRIEDE, 13. Biennale Sächsischer Druckgrafik. Museum für Druckkunst, Leipzig, Germany.


NO HAY TIEMPO. Foro Space. Bogotá, Colombia.

100 Sächsiche Grafiken 2020. Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz, Germany.

WIN/WIN, Neu Angekaufte Kunstwerke der KdFS. HALLE 14 Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany.

Terms and Conditions. Rundgang HGB-Leipzig. Leipzig, Germany.


FINAL DRIFT/DRAFT. Westpol. Leipzig, Germany.

In Memorian. Galerie Irrgang. Leipzig, Germany.


Arbeit/Spiel/Muse. Interdisciplinary project (dance/painting) from Anna Katalin Németh, Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch”. Berlin, Germany.

Neue Aussichten. Neue Greifen Galerie. Greifswald, Germany.

TURN. Konglomerat. Leipzig, Germany.


Galería Alonso Garcés invita a la Galería Jenny Vilá. Bogotá, Colombia.

REPRODUCIBLES. Museo de Arte de Pereira. Pereira, Colombia.

Entre los días y las cosas. Embajada de Colombia. Berlin, Germany.

Salon Berlin. Venezia Viva – Atelier Aperto. Venice, Italy.

REPRODUCIBLES. EspacioElDorado, Bogotá, Colombia.

NEWCOMER. NeueGreifenGalerie, Greifswald, Germany.

Puls Pulse Pulsa! Palais am Festungsgraben. Berlin, Germany.

REPRODUCIBLES. EspacioElDorado, Bogotá, Colombia.

NEWCOMER. NeueGreifenGalerie, Greifswald, Germany.


vermeintlich anders (KONGLOMERAT). Pöge/Haus e.V., Leipzig, Deutschland.

Exposición LA GARZA. Congr. de Nuestra Señora del Rosario Barrio Las Cruces. Bogotá, Kolumbien.

PERRON Kunstpreis. Kunsthaus Frankenthal, Deutschland.

schreibKUNST // Schreibkräfte. MDR Landesfunkhaus, Magdeburg, Germany

EN MEDIO. EspacioElDorado, Bogotá, Colombia

5. Eb-Dietzsch-Kunstpreis für Malerei 2016. Volksbank. Gera, Germany

NEULAND. Neue Greifen Galerie. Greifswald, Germany


Berliner Nächte. Galerie FRANKLIN, München, Germany


SUBASARTE. Museo de arte moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO). Bogotá, Colombia

INSOMNALE 2015. Caspar-David-Institut. Greifswald. Germany

NEUE SINNLICHKEIT 2015. JVA, Magdeburg, Germany

TRIALOG. Moving Poets/No-Villa. Berlin, Germany

CASPARS Grafik. Orangerie. Putbus, Germany


ART Weissensee UTA. Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz. Berlin, Germany

INSOMNALE 14. Caspar-David-Institut. Greifswald, Germany


Sin pudor a ser pintura. Cámara de Comercio. Bogotá, Colombia

CINCO ARTISTAS cinco propuestas. Casa Cano. Bogotá, Colombia


Navidad de Navidades. L.A. Galería. Bogotá, Colombia

Imagen Regional 7. Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango. Bogotá, Colombia

4. Salón Regional. Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango. Bogotá, Colombia


IV Salón Imagen Regional. Banco de la República. Girardot, Colombia

Lanceros 2011. Museo Naval, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

IKAS ART 2011: III Muestra arte universitario. Bilbao Exhibition, Spain

Al Natural. Galeria Espacio Alterno Uniandinos. Bogotá, Colombia


Miradas. Boulevard de Waterloo. Brussels, Belgium

VI Premio Uniandino al Arte. Galeria Espacio Alterno. Bogotá, Colombia

Primera bienal de arte colombiano. Principado Asturias. Brussels, Belgium


Yolanda o Magdalena, 13. Salón Regional de Artistas. Sogamoso, Colombia

ARTIS 2009. Centro Cultural SKANDIA. Bogotá, Colombia

INVITADOS. Galería El MUSEO. Bogotá, Colombia



ARTBO. Bogotá, Colombia.


KUNST/MITTE Kunstmesse. NeueGreifen Galerie. Magdeburg, Germany.

Kölner Liste Kunst Messe. NeueGreifen Galerie. Cologne, Germany.


Affordable Art Fair. NeueGreifen Galerie. Hamburg, Germany.

Kölner Liste Kunst Messe. NeueGreifen Galerie. Cologne, Germany.

Structures of the gaze, seeing, not seeing and the subject of blindness mainly, have been the central topics of my artistic activity and a personal commitment for years. These have weaved a “red thread” through my paintings, prints and other artworks.

For me, blindness is a multi-faceted phenomenon that cannot be reduced to a biological lack of vision. It is precisely through this approach I have analyzed and made art so far. I consider painting as a sign and an overlap of layers that contains, both, the visible and the invisible. Furthermore, I have pursued different metaphorical and symbolic approaches to blindness that illuminate it in a physical, historical and in an daily life manner. I have explored this concept with different content and material solutions. For example, oil on canvas, intaglio or haptic wall objects.

What happens when an image is created thinking of a pair of eyes that cannot see? Is this image perceived differently? What is it, that my eyes cannot see? What is it, that I prefer not seeing?



Fortuna´s Rumble

Often placed in the center of the image, the round structure can be seen. A rotating system is operated by a blindfolded woman: Fortuna. Attached to the wheel are figures in different life situations, which go up and down in time with the wheel. These constellations correspond to the symbolism of transience and changeability of happiness to bad luck. Blindness serves as a metaphor of the inexplicable impermanence of each person’s fate. 

LINOPRINT made during the Artistic Residency at the Cranach Stiftung (Lutherstadt Wittenberg)



– Photo: Regina Kelaita, 2021.

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