Born in Moscow, Russia, Anya Belkina began her studies of drawing, painting and design at the Moscow Art Institute In Memory of 1905. After relocating to the United States, she worked as a designer for companies such as NTN Communications, Compton's New Media, Pacific Data Products, Litel Instruments and Chicago Tribune.
Prior to joining Emerson College, she taught drawing, design and virtual modeling at Duke University. Belkina's paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Belkina's work in the area of new media has been presented nationally and abroad at conventional exhibition venues as well as in form of large-scale site-specific installations, video projections, broadcasted media and cover art for literary journals. Her award-winning animated shorts have screened at numerous national and international venues, including SIGGRAPH, ANIMATOR, RIIFF, Light Factory Museum in Charlotte, NC and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.