(1965 – )
Anastasia Sarantinou was born in Bloemfontein in 1965. She studied Fine Art and finished her studies in 1986, she majored in printmaking and specifically in silk-screening. When she was at art school photography was one of her favourite subjects, so after graduating her first job was that of a photographer for local newspapers. While working for newspapers she had the opportunity to write as well. Because of this she started an art column in the local newspaper, which was about artists in the Goldfield. Throughout the interviews she did with artists, Sarantinou became very involved with the South African Art Association and she later became the chairman of SAAA in the Goldfield region.
Having studied all different printmaking techniques Sarantinou started to apply the knowledge she had learnt to different materials and observed the reactions they have on one another. Although Sarantinou majored in printmaking she chose to pursue painting as her main medium of expression. She experiments with different materials, chemicals and paints which has become the core of her work. Sarantinous describes that she enjoys the process much more than the outcome of her work.
In 1992 she decided to move to Cape Town and shortly after this she opened a small gallery/shop in Kalk Bay where she started selling her paintings to foreign clients as well as local Capetonians and visitors from other provinces. Sarantinou also did many commissions for restaurants, hotels and specific clients.