Interview with Andrea Solaja, the Figurative Artist of Light and Dark

Andrea Solaja has just lately joined Increase Artwork, bringing her numerous portfolio of summary paintings and sculptures to the system. Andrea creates worlds and characters, taking part in with the distinction of mild and darkish, and tells tales making use of designs in her possess own way to specific her emotions and as a supply of reduction to escape from the shadows of her Serbian childhood when the state was bombed.

Andrea Solaja taking Orestes, what have you accomplished? off the wall when it is really sold (@andrea_solaja)


How would you explain your inventive model?

At the age of 10, I have experienced a horrible everyday living experience: my place was bombed.

My sole resource of aid to escape from the horrors of these days was imagining worlds and making tales within the mild of the only candle I had. The shadows projected on the walls would change into the shapes of the at any time modifying figures of my creativity, I can see my fingers weaving  evanescent particulars which blended with the condensation and the cold. That mild shone on an outer space which was far too modest for a child. I had to make 1 to grow to be inside, immense.

I maintain my childhood and its goals inside that small flame. I sealed the darkness I experienced within with the wax and with the wick I tied the memories of a life which was not heading to be mine anymore.

My art unfolds about the narration of that gentle. My paintings are symbionts of the recreation of contrasting light-weight and darkish which narrate with out revealing, which drain my interior thoughts on the canvas preventing the shapes from turning out to be obstacles.

Andromeda I, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


What messages or themes do you want to communicate with your function?

I paint the tales that strike my chords, with which I understand a bond.

As a tailor, I wrap my canvas all around you to make you come to be the artwork that you want to narrate. Your past, your perceptions and your feelings are transformed as the warp and weft of a exceptional story which has at last been unveiled. Yours.

Andrea including the last touches to Alchemy (@andrea_solaja)


How has your exercise progressed over the a long time? Have you often worked in an abstract type?

Awesome problem.

To be genuine, I’ve by no means considered about it.

In terms of procedure, I’m not equipped to say improved or worst, let us say that I have observed my mark, my impact. Isn’t this what every single artist aspires to?

My like for Figurative style hasn’t change, but my sight undoubtedly has and that is why several folks define my art, Summary.

‘’Nearsightedness’’ is my technique, but the fashion is continue to Figurative.

Afrodite, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


What is an average working day like in your studio? 

Oh, you would be so bored paying time with me in the studio!

I am so immersed in investigation and in my thoughts that I locate it hard to be present in the terrestrial world. I’m pretty slow in generation of my art and the explanation of this slowness is because of to a lot of research guiding just about every artwork: it commences from the tale I want to notify and how I want it to be instructed the option of the substance that greatest suits the tale hrs of sketching… As soon as I have the distinct idea in my head of the final end result, very well which is the second I commence with the generation.

Andrea sitting down in her ‘second home’, Artwork Place (@andrea_solaja)


What/Who are your crucial influences?


I have usually had a passion for artists who have absent towards the tide, simply because you have to have to believe from the tide if you want to have actually innovative concepts. Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Marcel Duchamp, Banksy, Lucio Fontana… to name a couple of. Folks generally compare my will work with Caravaggio’s for the reason that of the darkness and I’m great with that if we want to summarise briefly my artwork.

But, the truth is unique. I’m obsessed with the stories at the rear of every Artist and their time, the society they lived in, but typically the cause which pushed them to make that form of artwork, their psychology, their soul, their ideas and doubts…


I’m a substantial fan of Greek mythology, omnipresent in my do the job.

Afrodizie, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


Who are some Rise Art artists with work you happen to be experiencing at the instant?

Essentially a good deal of them, this sort of as Iain Andrews, Michele Fletcher, but Johanna Bath’s performs are surely my preferred. Her art reminds me of Gerhard Richter’s blurry collection, but enriched with a feminine contact.


Are you at present doing work on any interesting new tasks?

My previous project was ‘’Semi di Luce’’ for ‘’LUCE’’ Artwork Exhibition in Palermo and it was this sort of an remarkable practical experience. September is close to the corner with a great deal of thrilling projects that I just can’t wait to share with you! But now, I need to have some relaxation!

Semi di luce, 2022, by Andrea Solaja

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