76 x 101 cm (30” x 40”)
Acrylic on canvas
Finding out at 35 that she had an identical twin sister half a world away was a pivotal moment in Asiza's life. Since the age of six, Asiza has been drawing the female figure but she never really understood why. Growing up as an only child, she had always longed for a sister and she now realizes that her drawings and paintings was a way of staying connected to her twin.
At the age of eleven, Asiza's family settled in Calgary after a dramatic defection from communist Romania. By 1986, Asiza had graduated from the Alberta College of Art with a degree in Visual Communication Design and immediately landed a job as an art director in Vancouver for Woodward's and later with ad agency Palmer Jarvis (now DDB).
It wasn't until 2012 that Asiza decided to start making paintings full time. She spends countless hours in her Vancouver studio creating her canvases, honing her skills and expressing an innate connection to her twin sister.
On July 26, 2014, Asiza reunited with her identical twin sister Gina after 47 years.
The experience was very emotional and overwhelming for the sisters.