Annika Connor is a Swedish-American artist who currently lives and works in Manhattan. She is a Contemporary Romantic painter whose works depict a fascination with beauty and decadence and a corresponding longing for romance and pleasure. In 2002, Connor received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting and philosophy. Since then, Connor has worked professionally as a painter in New York and London and participated in numerous national and international exhibitions while reviews and publication of her work have appeared in many print, Internet and local publications. Connor also instructs art and is a professor of watercolor painting at Sessions College for Professional Design and is the Owner/President of Active Ideas Productions, an innovative corporation whose mission is “to serve the artistic community by facilitating the presence and publication of young talented artists and educating the public about their work.” She is an extremely active supporter of the New York City arts and culture community: her memberships and affiliations include Young Fellow of the Frick Collection, the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council & Acquisitions Committee, and membership with the American Ballet Theatre’s Junior Council, among numerous other organizations.