Anastessia Bettas is a Toronto based, Canadian visual artist whose paintings examine urban sprawl using cartography style imagery. She is represented by the Elaine Fleck Gallery and the Petroff Gallery. Her paintings can be found in private collections in North America and Europe. Her work was featured in the Elaine Fleck Contemporary Art magazine as an emerging artist to watch and was shown in the prestigious Latcham Gallery’s Annual Juried Exhibition. Bettas' “District” painting is part of the permanent collection in the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bettas is a founding member of the CERA Arts Collective; a group of Ontario based encaustic artists. Her works are comprised of either acrylic mixed media or encaustic paint. She is an expert in the use of encaustic paint having over 15 years' experience; has lectured on the topic and given workshops. Artists who have influenced her include Jean-Paul Riopelle, Agnes Martin and encaustic masters, Jasper Johns and Brice Marden.
Bettas is a graduate of McGill University with an Art History and Literature degree and Toronto School of Art with a Fine Arts (three year diploma) in Painting and Drawing. She has been exhibiting in juried shows since she was a student and her works have received numerous accolades such as being featured in local publications and on Fairchild TV. Her early works were inspired by her heritage, memories and storytelling. Her mother’s family are famed Greek revolutionary heroes and the family tree can found in the National Historical Museum in Athens, Greece.
Before studying visual arts, Bettas worked as a marketing executive accomplishing extraordinary success in strategic marketing initiatives, operations and account management. In her last corporate position, she was the Head of Marketing Operations at AOL Canada Inc.