Born in England, of Polish and English parents, Syperek studied painting, drawing and art history at York University in Toronto, before moving to Antigonish in 1971 and teaching herself watercolor painting. In 1977, she went back to school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, N.S. to study printmaking, earning her BFA in 1980. She then returned to Antigonish to set up her own etching/printmaking studio at her home overlooking St. George's Bay. During her career, Anna has received numerous awards across Canada for her artwork, including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant to travel to England to paint and study. Well known for her etchings, watercolours and recent oils, Syperek also teaches university drawing and etching classes. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Nova Scotia Printmakers Association.
Her work can be found in galleries in the Maritimes, Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, in the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Petro Canada, Via Rail and other corporate collections, and in many private collections across Canada, the United States and abroad.