Anna Torma

Needle, thread and bold statements; Anna Torma’s work elevates what was once considered “women’s work” to an impeccable and respected contemporary art form. Torma, originally from Hungary, graduated from Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (Budapest) in 1979 and emigrated to Canada in 1988.


The playfulness and fluidity in Torma’s work is a delight to the eye. Every hand stitched piece in her large scale panels carries deep personal meaning to the artist and evokes memories of times of yore. The themes and combination of imagery presents themselves as if the needle and thread were given a chance to speak through the hands of the artist. The threads become patches of celebration of human cultures and relationships; through the transformative power of the needle, Torma gives meaning to cloth and brings attention to its beauty and fragility.

Torma’s pieces can be found in private and public collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, Fidelity Investments London, Royal Bank, TD Bank and BMO Art Collection, Canada House London, Richard Harris Collection Chicago, Museum of Art and Design of New York to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, USA, United Kingdom, China and Netherlands. She won the Governor General Award for Visual and Media Art- Saidye Bronfman Award in 2020, the Lieutenant-General’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts in 2014 and Award of Excellence, From Lausanne to Beijing 7th International Fiberart Biennale Nantong China in 2012.


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