Ana Karkar's paintings have a distant memory of films, not at all virtuous, more haunted than exact. Ana Karkar paints these images of films as they continue to live in us, after their projection, inhabiting the back of our mind: caution, a permanent storm.


— Philippe Azoury, Journalist and Film Critic

Born and raised in San Francisco, Ana Karkar studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Sorbonne and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She dropped out of her MFA for a job at Louis Vuitton HQ where she worked for 7 years in image production and digital media. In 2013 she was mentored in the TURPS Correspondence program based in London.


Her work is influenced by images held in the collective conscious, experimental film and cinema. She offers an alternative perspective to these images via painting. The storytelling in her work is inspired by film directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and Dario Argento as well as a number of contemporary photographers. Her painterly stroke evokes that of Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon and Egon Schiele as well as the Viennese Secession reprised in Psychedelic Art from her hometown.


More recent exhibitions include a solo show at Galerie Marguo, Consulat de la Gaité in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, and DZIALDOV in Berlin. Her work has been presented by international galleries, mostly in Germany and Luxembourg, but also in France, Belgium, the UK and Japan.


Born in San Francisco, United States in 1986
Currently lives and works in Paris, France 



2016   TURPS Art School, London, UK
2010   Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Arts et Sciences de l'Art, Paris, France
2008  École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris 
2004  San Francisco Art Institute, USA





Galerie Marguo, ‘Return From Exile’, Paris, France  

2019 DZIALDOV, We value your privacy’, Berlin, Germany  

 Copie Service, Spine to Perform an Exorcism’, Paris, France 

2018  Le Consulat de la Gaité, Where there’s smoke, Paris, France 

 Meta-Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Unmanifest Territories’, North Miami, FL 




2022 Galerie Marguo, 'ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair', Shanghai, China
2022   Nosbaum Reding, Fundamental Occurrences, Brussels, Belgium
  Minus 1 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2021 N.104 Gallery, Seasons of Nebula’, Tokyo, Japan
  ArtParis & Hors Cadre at Grand Palais Ephémère, Portraits et figuration. Regard sur la scène francaise, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, Paris, France 

König Galerie, MISA Discoveries, Berlin, Germany


König Galerie, Messe in St Agnes, Berlin, Germany 


Tata bookshop, Iwakan 2, Tokyo, Japan 


Horscadre, Intimations, Paris, France 


Nosbaum Reding, Brussels Galerie Ephémère, Brussels, Belgium

2019 Nosbaum Reding, Just So Stories, Luxembourg
  Galerie PCP, Café Spit’, Paris, France 
2018 SFMOMA, Submission Friday’, online 
  Laundry Artspace, Colourful Chaos by FluxKUNST’, Brisbane, Australia 
2017 DZIALDOV, L'homme Sauvage, Berlin, Germany 
  Andrew Edlin Gallery, Et Tu, Art Brute?, New York, NY 
  La Galerie 36 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, Night School, Paris, France 
  Zaratan Arte Contemporânea, BYOB_Lx, Lisbon, Portugal 
  DZIALDOV, …why not hug the strangers.’, Berlin, Germany
 2016 SFMOMA, Submission Friday, online 

‘Turps Correspond’, The Artworks, Halifax, UK
IR11, Edinburgh, UK

Londonewcastle Project Space, London, UK

2015 DZIALDOV, Malfunction, Berlin, Germany 
  Glasgow Openhouse, Cold on the OutsideGlasgow, UK
  Passage Choiseul, FTO #2, Paris, France 
  Assembly House, Figure This Out, Leeds, UK 
2014 Turps Painting Studio, Correspond, London, UK
  DZIALDOV, Re-Boot, Berlin, Germany
2012 Galerie Christian Berst, Surf Your Mind, Paris, France 
2010 Centre Commerciale Sans Commerce, CHIC Art Fair, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, France
  Centre Culturel Auguste Dobel, Chez Jack, Paris, France
2009 'La Petite Ceinture' 75020, ‘Chemins de Fer’, Paris, France 
2008 Centre Saint Charles, ‘Untitled’, Paris, France 
2006 Carrousel du Louvre, ‘I V Y Paris’, Paris, France




2014  Atelier Austmarka Artist in Residence Grant, Norway