Annika Rhea is an immersive action painter and movement artist based in Brooklyn, NY.
She is the creator of BODY MEDIUM, a painting technique is that utilizes the body in motion as a painting tool. Her work merges visual art, performance art and video art. Ms. Rhea is a process-oriented artist and is inspired by the relationship between motion, color, rhythm and emotion. Ms. Rhea's work ranges from painting the embodiment of a concept or emotional state to painting her interpretation of musical score.
Rhea has over two decades of dance training, performance experience and cross-training in several movement disciplines such as ballet, modern, contemporary dance, martial arts, flow arts, Duncan technique and Graham technique, receiving a BA in Dance from The George Washington University. Rhea began painting over a decade ago when an injury prevented her from dancing. She painted as a creative outlet and allowed the paint to dance for her, using the canvas as her stage. She spent over a decade developing her craft as movement-based abstract expressionist painter before solidly merging the two disciplines of dance and painting in 2016 to create BODY MEDIUM.