Anna Walinska was an American painter. She is known for her colorful works of the Modernist period, large black & white Abstract Expressionist paintings, collages done with handmade Burmese Shan paper, and a substantial body of work in various media on the theme of the Holocaust. She is represented in numerous museum collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis, the Johnson Museum at Cornell, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Walinska’s work spans nine decades, with the oldest known watercolor dating to 1918. Over her lifetime, she produced more than 2000 works on canvas and paper, created with oil, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, casein, ink, assemblage, and any combination of materials that intrigued her. Her work, Walinska wrote, “sought to convey the spirit of a search without boundaries.”