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Anastasia with Portrait of Sanford and Dolores Ziff in Donors Lounge of the Ziff Ballet Opera House
Performing Arts Center of Miami
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Fashion helps fight disease

Fashion helps fight disease
-By Kenny Feijoo

The Miami Herald
March 31, 2001


The Fashion Art Ball 2001 to benefit the fight against cystic fibrosis aimed to display the best South Florida has to offer.

At the Bath Club in Miami Beach, the open-air party Friday night featured some of the best-known local restaurants, a variety of Floridian art and, of course, Miami¹s trendy fashion. "This is a good combination for South Florida," said Roy Aron von Hansen, co-founder of the event. "It all goes together. Art and fashion combine for a charitable cause."

Anastasia "The Great", performed Friday during the Fashion Art Ball; a party raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and showoff some of the area¹s best restaurants, art and fashion. There was also a silent auction, which included round-trip tickets to anywhere in Europe.

The idea a gala with a silent auction plus a fashion show to collect money to benefit cystic fibrosis research.

Auction items sold for as little as $95 for a gift certificate to a beauty salon and as much as $3,600 for two round-trip tickets to the destination of the buyer¹s choice within Europe.

But traffic around the silent auction paled in comparison to activity around the food and drink samples. At the open courtyard, between palm trees and artifi-cial bubbles, lines formed to sample Le Brasserie Les Walles' escargot with butter and garlic or The 55 Restaurant's crepes with oxtail and spinach. "Good food, good art, models ‹ this illustrates what Miami is all about," said David Sorian as he savored the food from Caffe Cappuccino.

Guests ‹ some with tattooed arms, evening gowns, turquoise feathered boas and even the stylish little black dress ‹ seemed happy to have paid $75 to participate.

"If this is a way to help" said Paulette Rolandes as she tried The Forge¹s creme brulee, "then bring in another one of these."

Organizers of the event, which sold 348 tickets, expected to raise at least $30,000, said Tern Wallace, executive director for the South Florida Cystic Fibrosis Association. Over the past two years, the event has funded almost $80,000 in cystic fibrosis research.

Howard Austin Feld, another co-founder of the event, said he was satisfied with the gala¹s success "This event has moved to another level," he said. "It had undergone a tremendous growth, it has received a tremendous support. I just hope it continues to go up."


Warren Henry Gala Reception Marks Launch of Jaguar Luxury Sports Sedan

Tropical Tribune
May - June, 1999
Warren Henry Gala Reception Marks Launch of Jaguar Luxury Sports Sedan

Warren Henry Jaguar ushered in the new millennium ahead of schedule with the introduction of Jaguars all-new luxury sports sedan ‹ the Jaguar S-TYPE ‹ which is available as a 2000 model.

Over 800 VIP guests attended an evening reception at Warren Henry Jaguar to get their first glimpse of the car that is already receiving unqualified raves from the automotive industry. Playing host and greeting guests personally was Warren Henry Zinn, chairman/CEO of Warren Henry Automobiles. The exclusive gathering of dignitaries, auto aficionados and Warren Henry customers was the first to see the spectacular Jaguar S-TYPE on display in Warren Henry¹s newly renovated and expanded Jaguar showroom.

The following Friday morning at 10 a.m., the Jaguar S-TYPE officially went on sale, although the dealership has been taking advanced orders for several months. Noted Zinn, The Jaguar S-TYPE embodies all of the graceful styling, refined power, agile handling and effortless operation for which the Jaguar name is synonymous." Added Zinn. "There¹s no question the 5-TYPE is destined to become a 20th Century classic."

In conjunction with Hansen Art Production, Warren Henry Jaguar took the occasion to showcase its new limited edition Anastasia Jaguar XJ8. This one-of-a-kind luxury sedan has been custom-designed by world-renowned artist Anastasia The Great. Along with the limited-edition cars, Anastasia is also introducing a new line of Jaguar accessories and jewelry.

The Anastasia Jaguar XJ8 on display along side the new Jaguar S-TYPE is the first of 10 cars Anastasia will individually design in 1999, with 20 more slated for 2000. That means only 30 people in the world will have the exclusive pleasure of owning this classic collectible. The car retails for $110,630.

The bottom line: whether you go for the clean, classic styling of the new Jaguar 5-TYPE or the dynamic individuality of the Anastasia Jaguar XJ8, if it¹s a Warren Henry Jaguar, you¹re assured the ultimate in luxury, engineering, performance and service.

Warren Zinn, owner of Warren Henry Automobiles, Inc. also has the dealerships for Volvo, Infiniti and Land Rover. Zinn is proud to announce the Land Rover, currently under construction, will be located in South Dade at 16750 South Dixie Highway.

Art or Machine Customized Jaguar hits the road in S. Florida

The Miami Herald
June 30, 1999
Art or Machine
Customized Jaguar hits the road in S. Florida

-By Adam Hickey


It has parts sculpted in Italy, layered in 250 grams of 24-karat gold and adorned with rubies -- and it can lake you from zero to 60mph in 6.9 seconds.

It is the Anastasia Jaguar XJ8, a joint venture between Italian artist Anastasia and Warren Henry Jaguar. With hand-painted designs on its leather seats and Versace-esque roman ornamentation elsewhere, the prototype brings new meaning to the British car manufacturer's slogan, "The blending of art and machine."

More and more people are buying customized automobiles, whether it's sport utility vehicles with Eddie Bauer interiors, or Ferraris with customized paint jobs. But few people would ever commission an artist to accent their car -- until now.

Dealership owner Warren Henry Zinn said if it happens anywhere, it'll happen here -- a place where cars are as much about personality as they are about transportation, and conspicuous consumption is king. The dealership is offering to sell 30 Jaguars, models chosen by and adapted to each individual's personality by the artist. So far, there have been about half-dozen serious inquiries, and Zinn said he hopes to close a few deals in September. The price: about $60,000 for the car and $40,000 for the art. ŒI thought, What the hell, let's try it' Zinn said. "A lot of people in this market are looking for things that nobody else has. Everybody wants what they can't have."

Certainly, Anastasia's designs aren't for the meek-- or for the typical Jaguar buyer. The British car is known for its understated elegance, while the Anastasia Jaguar is any-thing but understated. On the prototype, the gearshift is a bronze jaguar's head layered in gold; silver heads top the door leeks; a painted swath of brown leopard-skin cuts across the dash-board; and a Cuban cigar and cutter are painted on the backseat's armrest.

It is replete with Greco-Roman images: the head of Medusa juts Out from the dash-board door, and behind the leather head-rests are hand-painted laurel wreaths crossed by a quiver of arrows and a torch. "It's about power... This is a warrior's car," said Anastasia.

A Renaissance-style painter by trade, she describes herself as the "last of the Great Masters," on a par with Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Her client list ranges from the Vatican to Sylvester Stallone. She also owns a nightclub in Rome, designs clothing and sculpts.

Her current project, Glory of Miami, would be a bronze monument 180 feet tall, with fire, a water fountain, lasers, and 2,000 white marble steps. It will make Miami the "Venice of America," said Roy Hansen, Anastasia's producer, who is seeking investors for the project.

Todd Tarrant, who owns the Bal Harbour Gallery, which will exhibit Anastasia's work in November, said he initially was skeptical about combining a car like the Jaguar with work by an artist known for her flamboyance. After seeing the car, however, he was pleasantly surprised.

"I thought some of her treatments were very well thought out and fit the Jaguar very well," he said. Suggesting the cars might appeal to the South Florida buyer, he said: "It could be that fun side of their personality that they might not have in New Jersey"

Although customization is popular among American car buyers, the Anastasia Jaguar brings personalization to a new level.

Since 1995, requests for customized Ferraris have risen from about 50 percent to 70 percent of the orders placed in the United States, said Carlo Fiorani, spokesman for Ferrari North America. But Ferrari has not had requests for gold accents.

At a publicity event for the Jaguar last Wednesday night at the Forge restaurant, passers-by and diners critiqued the detail work.

"Wild! I love it," exclaimed Cindy Behier, 38, of North Miami, who owns an XJ8. "It's definitely for somebody who likes a lot of gold".

Warren Henry Automobiles Debuts Limited Edition "Anastasia Jaguar XJ8"Warren Henry Automobiles Debuts Limited Edition "Anastasia Jaguar XJ8"

South Florida's Entertainment News and Views
April 30 - May 8 1999
Warren Henry Automobiles Debuts
Limited Edition "Anastasia Jaguar XJ8"

In light of today's penchant for collectibles, Warren Henry Jaguar is giving automobile aficionados something to dream about the limited edition Anastasia Jaguar XIS. This one-of-a-kind luxury sedan has been custom designed by Anastasia the Great. Along with the limited-edition cars, she has also designed an all-new line of Jaguar accessories and jewelry. Amid the flashing cameras and buzzing of TV mini-cams, Warren Henry Zinn, president of Warren Henry Jaguar, assisted Anastasia in unveiling the first of 10 cars she will Individu-ally design in 1999, with 20 more slated for 2000. That means only 30 people in the world will bate the exclusive pleasure of owning this classic collectible. The Anastasia Jaguar XJ8 just unveiled features $40,000 worth of interior and exterior detailing of 24-katat gold and bronze set off by gemstones. The interior also boasts the hand painted image of a jaguar on the dashboard while a golden sculpture of a Jaguar adorns the gearshift. The car retails for $110 630.

Anastasia studied architecture, painting and sculpture at Russia's well-known Academy of Art. Consumed by the romantic tradition of the Renaissance she moved to Italy where she developed her 'New Renaissance Style', inspired by the great masters of the 13th to 15th centuries.

Today, Anastasia maintains studios in Milan, Rome, Munich and Miami Beach. She has produced critically acclaimed works of art for clients that include the Vatican and the royal family of Jordan. For the latter she painted a portrait of King Hussein encrusted with gold and diamonds that was prettied to the late monarch on his 61st birthday. She was commissioned by Sylvester Stallone to paint a portrait of his wife and child. This portrait is encrusted noted with diamonds, emeralds and gold.


Artist Anastasia The Great Brings Old-world Elegance to Miami's Art World

Channels Magazine December 1998
Artist Anastasia The Great
Brings Old-world Elegance to Miami's Art World

By Catherine McElrath


Her canvases convey a world centuries past, their rich gilded frames containing icons and images culled from renaissance masters and medieval tableaux. Anastasia, designer, artist, and sculptor, paints from her balcony overlooking Biscayne Bay, capturing elusive images for clients such as Norwegian Cruise Lines CEO Geir Aune, Sylvester Stallone, and King Hussein of Jordan. Italian-born Anastasia a former model and club owner in Italy, studied classic methods of painting using egg tempera and other time-intensive techniques to create her modern masterpieces. A fixture on the local club scene, she's been inspired by the energy of Miami and Miami Beach to work on two of her ambitious projects: limited-edition Anastasia Edition Jaguar automobiles and a proposed 180-foot bronze statue and fountain in Biscayne Bay

Anastasia the Great

The Miami Herald
December - 1998
Anastasia the Great
Miami Beach-based Italian artist Anastasia the Great has designed a limited edition Jaguar XJ8. Ten cars, each featuring $40,000 worth of detailing in gold, bronze and gemstones, will be produced this year. Another 20 are set for sale in 2000. The cars retail for $110,630 at Warren Henry Jaguar, 20800 NW Second Avenue, in North Dade.



South Florida's Most Important Artist

The Sun Post - June 4, 1998
South Florida's Most Important Artist
By Brian C. Cronin


Anastasia the Great in her penthouse

In she latest repackaging of long-held popular myth, 20th Century Fox brings the animated adventure of the Romanoff grand Duchess, Anastasia, who narrowly escapes the bloody Care of her fellow royals, but unable to flee a revolution-torn Russia, ends up in an orphanage with little memory of her past. Two Con men whisk her away to Paris, where she is reunited with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie. This historical epic, complete with a love story, a mushy soundtrack, and celebrity voiceovers, is fun for the kids, but is also, unfortunately, pure fiction.

There's another "Anastasia" script, however, thats true to life, less violent, and relates an equally enchanting fairy tale, whose most dramatic chapter presently being written eight here in Miami. In it, Anastasia, the child of a Russian Orthodox priest and an Italian mother, leases her regimented life at the monastery in Zagorsk in search of adventure is Western Europe, sleeping in train stations until the is "discovered" and offered modeling work in Italy. Supported by her glamorous new vocation, she pursues her tine passion ‹ art ‹ perfecting her craft sod gaining commissions from such notable clients as the Jordanian royal family and the Vatican. Her root lifestyle lands her in Miami, where she hopes so spearhead an artistic renaissance and transform the Magic City into the "Venice of America." This is the unusual and unresolved sale of 32 year-old Anastasia, the versatile and prolific Italian artist who bus assumed the moniker "the Great". and lopped off her cumbersome surname in an act that can only enhance her star potential.

In just six short months in South Florida, Anastasia has cultivated a loyal following, appearing in such South Beach club as Salvation, The Living Room, and the Shadow Lounge, where she has captivated partygoers with her flamboyant style and electrifying.

According to Shadow Lounge part owner Gerry Kelly, Anastasia presence at her performance art appearances can he rammed sty in three words "Fantastic. Provocative, and electrifying." He adds that "she has a huge fan club and she's extremely approachable."

Anastasia alas made a Memorial Day weekend appearance as the Free Lolita fundraiser sold at the Albino Hotel where she transformed a large blank canvas into a whale of a pointing in under 21 minutes. The work will probably bring in dose so $10,000 let the campaign to liberate rise Seaquariam's most famed marine animal. According to Alan Roth, a producer of the event, "Anastasia has a unique vision and she's a lot of fun, She's an entertainer, and she does an incredible job." At the Palm Island home and studio of Roy Hansen Anastasia's manager is on the phone, aggressively courting a cruise line executive and potential benefactor of Anastasia's grandest ambition so date ‹ the Glory of Miami project. A colossal golden bronze monument that would teach 70 feet and overlook Biscayne Bay, the project would leave a distinctly classical imprint on the city's unmistakably modem skyline. In her designs, Anastasia bus planned for 2000 marble steps leading to the sculpture¹s base, where fountains and laser lights would draw the eye. Above, a torch bearing risen, representing the glory of Miami, would lunge toward the heavens, bolstered by an outstretched man and fluttering birds below. The monument is a dream that both Hansen and Anastasia convey with a scow of urgency and enthusiasm.

Anastasia appears through the back door, looking rather plain in contrast in the eccentric, neo‹Gothic look she sports after dark, She proudly points our that all of the paintings that fill the atrium are hers. Then she saunters out the buck door to return to her work in progress. It is outside, on the dock that looks out on the downtown skyline and the maritime traffic of Government Cut, where she says the finds the energy and inspiration to create her eclectic brand of art.

Hansen, a towering Scandinavian with flowing golden locks, succeeds in brokering a dinner date and now seem eager to expound on the virtues of Anastasia's craft. Like the painters of the pre 15th century Renaissance, whom Anastasia closely studied and imitated during her rigorous, monastic liberal arts training, she paints no specially treated hardwood, rather than canvas. The wood is finely sanded, he explains Œwith a texture as soft as baby skin." The painting's images are then intricately carved in the wood through the use of a silk paper stencil.

Near, Anastasia applies her trademark technique, layering 24-karat gold leaves upon the paintings background using an adherent called bull's blood. At one time, such gilded embellishment was reserved for saints. This painstaking step leaves a luminous sheen that uses and reflects named light in remarkable ways and gives the work an almost three-dimensional quality.

Egg tempura, a combination of egg yolk and natural oxides, is used for color, which is absorbed into the wood some four so five millimeters deep. For this reason, she can only paint a single color a day. The colors are then protected from light and water with a costing of natural beeswax, which Hansen claims will preserve the paintings vivid colors for at least 2,000 years.

Anastasia's portfolio showcases her extraordinarily diverse repertoire. From classical Madonna and child depictions to tile mosaic and frescos, from trompe l¹oeil landscapes and still life, so exquisite architectural and interior design at restaurants in Rome and Milan, the artist finds expression in a wide range of styles and media. She bar eves designed a humidor for Sly Stallone, on top of which shows a glistening Rocky Balboa going head so head with his original arch nemesis, Apollo Creed. Outside on the dock, the "maestra," as Hansen calls her, is seated in front of her easel, angled toward downtown as thc sun begins to fade behind the city's glitter. She is putting she finishing touches on a work that portrays she mythological beast Medusa, with serpent-like head is suspended high above the sea and mountains. Anastasia explains that "she is an innocent Medusa," unaware of her ghastly appearance and lethal powers.

Anastasia it similarly oblivious to the frightening connotations of the word "monster," choosing to call herself the great. When asked why she has chosen this designation, she laughs and replies mater-of-factly, "Because I¹m the best (laughter). In the style in which I work, nobody does what I do." Though she makes no pretense of humility, Anastasia has a genuinely likeable and engaging personality, and her accented speech is heavily seasoned with laughter She refers to many of the artists she¹s known, particularly those from the old country, as "old, fat, and very serious." By contrast she proclaims, "l am the anti-artist.

When considering modern artists, her admiration is reserved lee Salvador Dali, who inns "an excellent artist and an interesting person." She considers it part of her role as an artist to be social, so that people can get to know the person behind the work, and she con better know use who an interns in hoe art. As suds, she is no stranger to the South Beach club scene, and her work schedule, consequently, doesn't begin before noon.

The life of Anastasia, despite all appearances, is nor just fun and games. Like her parrot, who speaks five languages, she is the product of a highly disciplined education, She has honed her skills since the age of five, when she first sat down so the copy the work of "the master, Leonardo." Though she claims that an artist must always study, she downplays her mastery of both the inherited and invented techniques she now employs.

"Technique is nothing ‹ you have to he a philosopher first,¹ she explains. For Anastasia, the message is the most critical facet of art, and she feels it is incumbent upon her to convey a positive message. "I don¹t express my interior problems. I work for other people. I give energy to people." ŒThis empowering function of art, she says, grew out of the Humanist movement, whose peak coincided with the flourishing of the arts during she Renaissance.

Many of her commissioned works take up to three months to complete, and she makes it a point to carefully study her clients while creating art for them. "I¹m like a psychoanalyst. I try to understand what this person really needs, and then express what he desires." Again, she traces her practices hack so Michelangelo, who carefully studied his Vatican patrons before creating works for them. By getting to know a client, she hopes so create a piece so personal that the person is moved to tears. This, she reveals, "is the best compliment for an artist.

Anastasia seems at home in Miami, though she notes that is a city wanting a vibrant art scene. As a young artist, she feels Miami is more receptive to her work and ambitious than, say, Italy, where the art establishment requires one "to be seventy years old in order to do important things." She seems determined to see her Glory of Miami project through, and dearly delights in envisioning a scenic and romantic gathering place on Biscayne Bay where "guys kiss the girls, and eat ice cream together". She also speaks of hopes to open an art school for pre-school children, where she will instill in them the discipline, skills and hope to pursue their artistic dreams.

In the meantime, she awaits the arrival of her piano from Italy. A conservatory trained musician and composer who enjoys plunking out jazz and blues tunes, Anastasia "Can't live without singing, dancing, playing and designing" This Renaissance woman does not conceive of her varied creations in terms of separate elements, Rather, "Everything, altogether, this is my art.

As she¹s putting the finishing touches on her Medusa piece, a jet skier, who has been conspicuously circling for several minutes trying to sneak a peak at the artist and her work, slides up to the dock, She screams to him over the rumbling engine, "Do you like this?" so which the man replies "Yeah!" He draws nearer, eyeing the painting, and then asking he obvious, "Did you paint this?" Anastasia smiles, and boasts, "Yes, l am the monster. The Monster of Art." She then bursts into laughter.

While Hansen hands the soggy admirer a business card and invites him to an upcoming event, Anastasia is already musing over her now brainchild ‹ an exhibition where the public would gather at the Palm Island shore on the recreational aquatic vehicles to sip wine and watch her create art. It is but one of many dreams Anastasia has for broadening her stage and drawing the people of Miami closer to her grand artistic vision.

Artist operates on a grand scale

The Miami Herald - Sunday, January 18, 1998
Artist operates on a grand scale
By Lisette Garcia

Artist Anastasia the Great uses the finest resources from 15th Century artistic tradition by which she attempts to render her subjects immortal. Her collection of sculptures and portraits is prolific, but gallery mavens won't see her work unless they stop by her private showroom in Portofino Tower. Her work, which also hangs in the homes of Sylvester Stallone and Jordan's King Hussein, can withstand the venue. Sealed in wax like a mummy, the paintings are preserved by a method that can endure centuries.

Anastasia sells only commissioned works and does not believe art belongs in cloister.

"Artists here, are very quiet, they don't smile & don't speak," Anastasia said. "1 wear a gold dress. I dance the tango."

Though Anastasia, in Miami only a month, likes to have fun, she rarely stops working. "Leonardo Da Vinci is my star," Anastasia said, pointing at the night sky. If Da Vinci seems a high aim, it is not out of line with her training at the Russian Orthodox monastery where she was raised with her father until she was 15. Besides learning self-discipline through daily chores such as feeding horses; Anastasia gained a heavy liberal arts education. It was there that she mastered art.

At 5, she began helping her uncle -- a priest like her father who was restoring church relics.

After art school in Rome, Anastasia dabbled in five years of photography and modeling. A subsequent string of commissions brought her to Miami.

"Madonna di Stallone" was the work Sylvester Stallone commissioned of his wife and child. Anastasia applied to the portrait, not only her trade secrets, but genuine gems like diamonds and emeralds as well. The painting, like the one she did for King Hussein's 61st birthday, is inlaid with real diamonds. rubies and 24-karat gold.

Anastasia said she loves Miami and wants to give some-thing back -- something grand. 'Glory of Miami' is her plan for a monument -- larger that the Statue of Liberty to help "Miami traverse the new century". The monument will be constructed of steel, marble and bronze.

With city approval, she hopes to be sculpting it in Bayfront Park by March, with materials paid for by sponsors.

The steps would be he topped by muscled, bronze bodies pushing up a torch-bearing siren, symbolic of Miami. The design also includes an easier way up by interior elevator. Tourists would come up under the clingy sarong to a panoramic balcony.

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Designer Jags -
A Miami-based car dealer-ship has scored a car coup. Warren Henry Jaguar has just introduced what will be the first in a series of 30 limited edition Anastasia Jaguar XJ8s. The Jag is named after Anastasia Bogatchev, who calls herself a "new renaissance" style artist. The first car features $40,000 worth of 24-karat gold and bronze interior and exterior detailing, set off by gemstones. The car retails for $110,630.