"Knowing that someone else identifies with something I created gives me tremendous sense of satisfaction."
"I belong to a generation in which to be an artist, especially for women, was not considered a good thing. Art was always associated with the bohemian lifestyle and with environments where women were not held in high regard. I was accompanied by my father in my first experiences with drawing, and as a teenager I took a few classes. When I got married and had children, it created a gap in my learning process. I returned to the study of art in 1970, at the School of Visual Arts in Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. At first, my family was not too comfortable with me taking classes, and I was older than most all of the students. But it was an important and revealing experience. From then on I never stopped learning and pursuing my interest in art. I achieved a free form of personal expression in the classes of Professor Aluízio Carvão at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.
"I define my style as Contemporary Figurativism and I like to focus on themes related to ecology in a romantic sort of way. I'm not accustomed to sketching out my works before painting; I just create the forms with the brush as I go. The colors I use are also unique; many times I mix the blue and yellow to create my own green instead of using the green from the tube.
"In 1975, after I recovered from a surgery, I discovered the pleasure of sculpting. To form a piece from clay is delicious; in just one week a work could be completed, much less time than the weeks or months it would take me to complete a canvas. When I paint a canvas, I know that I am creating a work for someone else. An artist never creates for him or herself. Knowing that someone else identifies with something I created gives me tremendous sense of satisfaction. I hope that through Novica I will be able to reach more people and that I will be recognized for my art."
Bright Dankyi Mensah captures the sensation of a bustling market with quick vignettes. The color, the movement and the sense of purpose are evoked through busy silhouettes or full face portraits. Juxtaposing blue shadows with hot orange and sunny green,....read more
Thai artist Natthida translates her feelings into an inspired acrylic on canvas. "I wanted to express how I feel while I am meditating on my work," Natthida confides. "There is peace and calm. I feel as if I was floating and I feel so happy."
Ruth Martins paints a landscape from northern Brazil, characterized by an infinite blue sky and thorny cactus. Dominating this colorful painting, a young mother with a basket over her arm holds her child close. Her expression is worried as she goes about....read more
The trumpet has long played a part in the music of West Africa. Working in his hallmark style, Enoch Afram depicts a musician blowing a sweet, low melody, who literally dances to his own tune. Afram presents the original painting in a sese wood frame....read more
COLLECTIONS FEATURING 20 to 36 inch Cubist Paintings
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