Anya Paintsil

Born in Wrexham, Wales, 1993. Lives and works in Chester.

Anya Paintsil is a North West based textile artist of Welsh and Ghanaian descent. Combining traditional hand rug making techniques with afro hair styling methods, Paintsil seeks to promote artistic practices historically devalued due to their associations with femininity and other marginalised groups. 

Paintsil’s work is largely autobiographical, with her body of work consisting of self-portraits and portraits of her family, to communicate her experiences growing up in North Wales, as well as frequently focusing on past traumas, mental health and her experiences as a woman on the autism spectrum.

Anya’s work will be included in group shows at The Craft Council Gallery, London; The Whitworth, Manchester; Glynn Vivan, Swansea; and to be announced shows in the USA. Past exhibitions include a solo presentation at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, London; Open Studio at Manchester School Of Art, (2020); Useful Culture, Manchester Art Gallery,Manchester, (2019) 

Anya is a 2020 graduate of The Manchester School of Art.

Image credits :
Victoria Moyosola