A Distorted Reality

“Through architecture and nature photography, I use abstraction to speak about perception.” - the artist

Blurry Joy II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Blurry Joy II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Ana Leal was born in the Northeast of Brazil in 1969. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil and a Masters degree in Marketing from the University of Pernambuco, Brazil.

Building V, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Building V, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Photography has always been a passion. At age 15, she received an F3 Nikon as a birthday present. Since then, her passion has grown.

Blurry Blues II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Blurry Blues II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Self-educated, she decided to become a professional photographer in 2013 when she got a Bachelor degree in photography from the Pan American School of Arts in São Paulo and in 2016 she joined  an MFA program  in Visual Arts at Miami International University of Arts and Design.

Glass, 2018, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Glass, 2018, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Abstract expressionism and constructivism are her main influences. The work of the artist is mainly abstract and marked by the presence of geometric lines.

Shutter IV, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Shutter IV, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Through architecture and nature photography, I use abstraction to speak about perception. From landscapes to everyday objects I present a new perception using a very minimalist and many times abstract point of view. I make use of geometry and abstraction as a visual language of shape, color, and line to create photographic compositions that may exist with independence from our visual references of the real world. Repetition and fragmentation are also recurrent elements of my work.

Blurry Doubt I, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Blurry Doubt I, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

In my process, many times I work in multiples such as diptychs and triptychs to show the evolution of my thought process. The images can be either visually organized, fragmented, or complete abstractions that represents a distorted reality.

About the collection:

Ana shoots with a Nikon D800 usually with a 50 mm lens. Three of the images, Blurry Blues, Blurry Joy and Blurry Doubt are from the Psychological Landscapes series. The remaining three are from New York buildings, glass and shutters.


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