Anna Heinrihsone (1970)
Anna Heinrihsone is known in the theatre scene as a costume designer with unique style, where one of its features is vivid characters, who unfold in mutual relations and actions. Vivid and original characters are distinctive in her figurative painting, as well. (V. Vejs)
Anna Heinrihsoneis one of the most renowned contemporary costume and stage designers in Latvia with international experience. She has developed projects in Estonia as well as Russia, working with such significant Latvian directors as Indra Roga, Viesturs Meiksans, Aivars Leimanis, Rezija Kalnina, and Russian directors Genady Ostrovsky and Alexander Kalyagin et al.
As an well-known and popular stage and costume designer with her own unique style, where one of its features is vivid characters, who unfold in mutual relations and actions, Anna Heinrihsone has establish her name, working in Latvia – at the New Riga Theatre, the Valmiera Drama Theatre, the Latvian National Opera and Ballet, as well as in Estonia – the Tartu Vannemuine Theatre, and Russia – MHAT (Moscow Art Theatre), the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Nominated eight times, in 2000 and 2012, she has won the Latvia's annual theatre award “Players' Night” for “Best costume designer”.
Anna Heinrihsone has also created important exhibition designs at the Latvian National Museum of Art, the Riga Film Museum, Zanis Lipke Memorial et. al.; currently her exhibition design is on view at the Liepaja museum for the exhibition of the famous Russian fashion historian and collector Alexander Vasilyev – “Alexander Vasiliev costume collection. II War Time”
In parallel to stage, costume design and exhibition design, Anna Heinrihsone also works in visual art – painting and drawing, regularly organizing solo shows and participating in group exhibitions. Similarly to her stage designs, bright and original characters are also distinctive in her paintings. Anna Heinrihsone’s works create an absolutely solitary world of images, in which every new work can be perceptible as a sequel of the last. In her paintings, the artist has directness typical to the drawing of children, and it leads us into ironical, stinging and tragicomic world of images.
Anna Heinrihsone has graduated from the Department of Stage Design of the Art Academy of Latvia (1996). Since 1995, she has created stage designs and costumes for more than 90 theatre plays in Latvia, Estonia and Russia. In 2000 and 2012, won the Latvia's annual theatre award “Players' Night” for “Best costume designer”. Since 1992, Anna Heinrihsone has been participating at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, as well as organized 13 solo shows and participated in more than 20 painting and stage design group exhibitions in Latvia and abroad. At the moment, the artist is creating costumes for George Carson’s movie “GetMeLovedup.com” (Blazebuster Productions).
Her works are in public collections – Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga, Latvia), Swedbank Contemporary Art Collection (Riga, Latvia), KUMU (Tallinn, Estonia).
The artist lives and works in Riga, Latvia.