Through the creation of sculpture, installations, commissions and wearable art in glass and mixed media, Ana Thiel is, in the words of art critic Mónica Mayer, an artist that has “the ability to scratch one’s spirit and wring one’s heart.”
Her work forms part of museums and private collections worldwide.
Among numerous recognitions, she has twice been awarded a fellowship from the Mexican Council for the Arts, given to artists of high merit. Her sculpture "Trine" won First Prize at the Latin-American I Bienal de Arte en Vidrio in Monterrey, Mexico.
Thiel’s 30 year retrospective exhibition Estratos del Ser ( Layers of Being), promoted by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, traveled in Mexico, her native country, the US, and various countries in Europe. The book "Ana Thiel: Coming Out from the Depths" was published in celebration of this exhibition.
She has also been invited as a resident artist by renowned institutions in different continents.
According to author, critic and curator William Warmus, “Thiel’s work does not bemoan the dangers that surround us: she prefers to create a space of beauty. That is true sincerity, and it makes for stunning sculpture.”
Elizabeth Rosner, author, states that "Her sculptural language is as innocent as rain pooling on stone, as dangerous as the burning of books." and " Like Andy Goldsworthy, like Anselm Kiefer – two artists with whom she has been favorably compared – Ana Thiel is reminding us to love the world, no matter how ephemeral or damaged by time. We may feel unsettled or even broken-hearted by her works, but we will most certainly feel transformed by them."
Combining her Industrial Design background with years of experience in glass and mixed media, Ana Thiel creates site-specific sculptures and glass murals. As a promoter for art, Thiel has served on art museum and art association boards in leadership as well as advisory positions. She teaches workshops and offers lectures on art, creativity, and sculpture at cultural institutions all around the world.