Colours and emotions are the most important thing. Colours always had deeper meanings and for centuries, humans experimented with it. My art is an observation of colours and the human experience with a focus on emotions. When I paint, I feel connected to something greater than myself. These canvases are so personal, they are a vivid representation of my inner self when I look at them, things make sense. Cathartic experiences on canvases and paper, real moments of clarity. I feel emotions very deeply and intensely, therefore I portray them exactly how I feel them, fluid waves that come and go.
What I do is not a choice but a need to create always to let out parts of myself that I can no longer carry with me, whether they are healthy or unhealthy parts. Doing abstract art taught me to let things go. When I let go, I am free to be my real self.
Emotions are fluid, they are constantly moving, they pass. I can be free, I can be whoever I want to be.
I was born in Italy. My mother is Colombian. I currently live in London and graduated at the University of the Arts London with first class honours. I lived in more than 10 cities and each one inspired me in a different way. Being able to live different cultures, listen to many stories and learn multiple languages influenced deeply the person I am today and my art. My interests and my work focuses on human emotions, womanhood and identity. I want to encourage a conversation around the human experience; connect and show that we are not alone, we are not hopeless, whatever we are going through there is always a way out.
I employ different methods such as film, painting and writing. I tune in to my inner self and let go, exploring every corner of my mind to portray what I see and feel. Addressing emotional responses and the human experience.
I started painting and writing at a very young age. My mother was an artist and she taught me everything she knew about artists, writers philosophers and singers. We would always go to museums and galleries and that sparked a curiosity inside of me. Therefore I started writing and painting my own things, but I was also passionate about documentaries and filming; therefore I moved to London where I could study further my passions. I use colours to communicate certain emotions, situations and places; I am interested in how colour impacts our emotions and is able to convey messages without the use of realistic images; employing colour psychology, colour symbolism, allegories, analogies. I studied thoroughly cinema, art theory and literature; I was fascinated by the power of colour and how it has been used through centuries to convey situations and emotions. Therefore I decided to take theory into practice by working on canvas with abstract representations of emotional responses and studies of the human condition. As well as applying the aforementioned theories, I have always felt emotions as colours, my mind associates colours to emotions and feelings therefore I decided to portray my own emotional responses. I use different established techniques such as action painting, staining, pouring and air manipulation. For each artwork, I listen to music which helps me evoke and tune in with the experience or emotion I am conveying.
As I was growing up; I often felt lonely and melancholic. For years I thought there was not a way out of it. I felt hopeless. But then something changed; the moment I stared painting and writing about how I was feeling, emotions, I could feel the burden lifting up. I was finally understanding what was happening inside of me. I was not a prisoner of my own mind anymore. I started accepting myself for who I am without being afraid of what others think. I understood the importance of self love, healing and belonging to oneself. I realised that many out there felt like I did and so I decided to share my art to show that there is a way out, you are not alone. All my life I asked myself; what does it mean to be human? What makes me human? What is the meaning behind emotions? Big questions that I started exploring in my art. Therefore I do not just paint about my own experience, but I am inspired by stories that I have heard, nature, the psychology of colours, colour symbolism. I am constantly changing, evolving, transforming and eventually, I will dissolve and fade into Earth. Just like anybody else. So there is no time to lose, I feel the need to experiment with multiple mediums to address all the above things.
Story telling is fundamental for my art, each piece has a story whether it's fictional or real, it's up to you to decide. Art has to be felt not just seen. It's a journey through everything that makes us human.
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