The essence of her work reflects on the the timeless themes of impermanence, the irrevocable passing of time and transience as the core of our existence. Her works evoke conceptual vivacity, beauty and emotional poignancy often revisiting the major motifs of the old masters and still life translating them into the modern world. 

Prior to moving into the the art world and since completing her MA at Kings College London and Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Vanja has worked commercially as a Creative Director in design and advertising industries in London. She is now mainly focusing on her Art working in and exhibiting across a range of different media: photography, conceptual art, site specific installation, sculpture, video art, textile design, print and VR. 

Her work has been commissioned for a number of private, public, museum and corporate collections and published in books and magazines. Her photographic print has reached £10000 at a recent Bonham’s Auction.  

She has featured wit her work in numerous international exhibitions, festivals and residencies across Europe, Asia and America. Only this year her work has been exhibited in Japan, USA, Mexico, Italy, UK and she is delighted now to be showing for the first time in Singapore. Earlier this month Vanja’s work was exhibited in the NaWei Gallery at the Fullerton Hotel, as one of the finalists of the Art Gemini International Art Prize.

She is also currently exhibiting in London as part of the God Save the Queen exhibition alongside some of the most celebrated artists such as Terry O’Neil, Rankin, David Swanell and Alison Jackson. 

Earlier this year her work Flowers for Algernon was selected for the Royal Academy of Arts 251st Summer Exhibition, she also exhibited as part of this years 58th Venice Biennale and as part of a multi media video installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Oaxaca MACO (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Oaxaca).

Other past exhibitions, participations and awards include: Royal Academy of Arts (2019 and 2009 Summer Exhibition), 56th, 57th, 58th Venice Biennale, The Hall of Awa Museum Japan, Museum of Contemporary Art Oaxaca (MACO), Institute of Contemporary Art ICA, The Photographers’ Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Somerset House, House of St Barnabas, New Orleans Photo Alliance USA, Les Rencontres d’Arles France, Art Brussels, Mall Galleries, Chelsea Arts Club, Royal College of Art, Mercers Hall, Tobacco Docks, Royal Overseas League, Association of Photographers, Jonathan Ross Gallery London, China House Malaysia, Alliance Francaise Malaysia, Siddhartha Art Gallery Kathmandu, Palazzo Ducale Cantelmo Italy, Cata Odata Bali, Q-Park Car Park, New Moment Serbia.

Power Structures installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Oaxaca (MACO),
Vanja Karas selected for the 251st Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Recent spread in the press following the God Save the Queen exhibition
David Bowie – The Man Who Fell to Earth by Vanja Karas
Installation Accidental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily by Vanja Karas
Vanja Karas
Vanja Karas
Vanja Karas
Vanja Karas
Sculpted by Decay a VR installation by Vanja Karas
Flowers for Algernon by Vanja Karas at the Royal academy of Arts
Remains of the Day by Vanja Karas

Staging Schiele by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Dancers from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance give London premiere of Staging Schiele at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall , a work inspired by the viceral expressive work of painter Egon Schiele, commissioned by Southbank Centre.  Inspired by the extraordinary work and life of the Austrian artist, famous for his unflinching nudes and searing self portraits, the piece scrutinises the eternal conundrum of the male artist and the female model. Colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives: four dancers inhabit the highly charged world of the artist Egon Schiele, putting the human body on visceral display. Jeyasingh’s award-winning choreography matches the intensity of Schiele, engaging with his anxieties as well as his supreme self-confidence. Staging Schiele captures the artist’s own self-conscious framing of himself and his work. Both intimate and formal, it throws light on his brief meteoric rise to fame. Jeyasingh is joined by composer Orlando Gough, visual artist Ben Cullen Williams, lighting designer Adam Carree and costume designer Cottweiler. Dancers Sunbee Han and Catarina Carvalho.

Dancers from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance give London premiere of Staging Schiele at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall , a work inspired by the viceral expressive work of painter Egon Schiele. Dancers Sunbee Han and Catarina Carvalho.  Photography © Vanja Karas


Pina Bausch, Kontakthof, Posthumous


This body of work explores the neo-expressoinist non-verbal narrative of movement and dance. These images are part of a series taken during the performance created by the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch performed by her theatre group Tanztheater Wuppertal, after her death, at the Barbican Theatre in London. The series, however, is not only about the aesthetics of Pina Bausch’s neo-expressionist choreography and movement: it also explores the comfort and discomfort of solitude and the interplay between the voluntary and involuntary basis on which we collect, cultivate, recall and process our memories. Dealing with the historical narrative through symbolism, allegory and myth, the dramatic physical idiosyncrasy is created by the performers, all specially chosen to be over 65, from the generation that carries pre-Berlin Wall memories and experiences. Some live and long for the past, some escape into their fantasies, others don’t want to remember…


2012     24th London Photography Annual Exhibition, The Strand Gallery, London
2012     Something of the Night, The Strand Gallery, London
2012     Pina Bausch, Kontakthof, Posthumous, Galerie Huit, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Galerie Huit, France
2012     Solitary / Transience, Arles Contemporary/Arles Contemporain, Galerie Huit, France
2012     Moving Pictures, Casino Title Sequence, Auction, Ground Floor Left, London (alongside Richard Wilson and Gavin Turk)
2012     Solitary / Transience, China House, Penang, Malaysia
2012     Solitary / Transience, Alliance Francaise, Penang, Malaysia
2011     Pina Bausch, 23 London Independent Photography Annual Exhibition, Proud Central, Photomonth, London
2011     Solitary on Danube, Galerie Huit, during Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival, France
2011     The Royal Wedding, London Portrait & Documentary Project, World Photography Festival, Somerset House, London
2010     22nd Annual Exhibition, London Independent Photography, Proud Central (The Strand Gallery), London
2010     24 Hours of Art, International Art Festival, New Moment (Saatchi and Saatchi) Gallery, Belgrade
2010     Stop Motion, Annual Exhibition. Brent Artists Gallery, London
2010     The Ugly Bugs Ball, Chelsea Arts Club, London
2010     Going Postal, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Artwork Auctioned by Bonhams, London
2010     Permanent Installation Swiss Re Building AKA the Gherkin, London
2010     Open Salon, Viewfinder Gallery, London
2009    Separating Myth from Reality, International Art Festival, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2009     Exquisite Corpse, Chelsea Arts Club, London
2009     Moving Pictures – Persistence of Vision, Portobello Film Festival, London
2009     Queen’s Elm Artists at Queen’s Elm Gallery, London
2009     50×50, Brent Artists Resource Gallery, London
2009     Summer Exhibition 2009, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Vanja Karas, Royal Academy of Arts 2009, London

2009     Spring Exhibition, BAR Art Gallery, London
2009     Food for Thought, BAR Art Gallery, London
2009     In Print, BAR Art Gallery, London
2009     Open Salon, Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich
2008     Kathmandu, St Mary’s Hospital, permanent installation
2008     Open Door, Royal Overseas League, London
2008     Lost and Found, St Matthews Gallery, London
2008     De Vere, Canary Wharf, permanent installation
2007     Red Dot, Association of Photographers Gallery, London
2007     What Haunts You, Photographers Gallery, London
2007     Home, Willesden Art Gallery, London
2007     Now and Then, Brent Museum, London, part of museum’s permanent collection
2007     Portfolio, Association of Photographers Gallery, London
2006     Annual Exhibition, London Independent Photography, Cottons Atrium, London
2006     Decisive Movement, BAR Art Gallery, London
2005     LIP Annual Exhibition, Smethwick Photographic Society, Smethwick
2005     Annual Exhibition, London Independent Photography, Cottons Atrium, London
2005     Eastern Cameos, Dissenters Gallery, London, solo exhibition
2005     Around a Mile, Dissenters Gallery, London