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