Anja Van Herle

Biography

Born in Belgium in 1969, Anja’s early interest in fashion design led her to a career in arts. In 1987, she enrolled in Belgium’s prestigious Institute of Art and earned a Master of Fine Art in Painting. In 2003 Anja relocated to Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works. Her work embodies a European sense of style with American influences. Reflecting on the timeless elements of High Fashion, Anja Van Herle creates elegant and exquisite artwork that incorporates within both, contemporary and classic ideas of glamour and femininity. She remains loyal to her figurative subject, female portraiture with perfect facial features, flawless, polished, chic, and playful. Often framed in oversized eyewear covered with Swarovski crystals. Eyewear plays a central symbolic role in her pieces, as Anja explains, if the eyes are the window to the soul, then glasses are more than just an accessory. The incorporation of sunglasses allows defining personality whose eyes tell a story and capture emotions. Van Herle is known for reintroducing a traditional representation of Fashion in her own artistic manner.
Anja’s work currently presented alongside Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Basquiat. Additionally, she’s shown with Shepard Fairey, Retna, Damien Hirst, Chuck Close and Victoria’s Secret fashion photographer Russell James. Her work has been featured at Art Palm Beach and Art Wynwood with Oliver Cole Gallery.