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

Andrea Solaja has recently joined Rise Artwork, bringing her numerous portfolio of abstract paintings and sculptures to the system. Andrea creates worlds and figures, taking part in with the distinction of light-weight and dark, and tells stories working with shapes in her very own personal way to specific her thoughts and as a source of aid to escape from the shadows of her Serbian childhood when the region was bombed.

Andrea Solaja getting Orestes, what have you done? off the wall when it really is offered (@andrea_solaja)

How would you describe your artistic style?

At the age of 10, I’ve had a terrible existence expertise: my state was bombed.

My sole source of relief to escape from the horrors of those times was imagining worlds and generating stories inside the gentle of the only candle I experienced. The shadows projected on the partitions would turn into the designs of the at any time-switching figures of my creativeness, I can see my fingers weaving evanescent specifics which blended with the condensation and the chilly. That light-weight shone on an outer space which was also tiny for a little one. I had to build 1 to come to be internal, enormous.

I maintain my childhood and its goals within that modest flame. I sealed the darkness I experienced inside of with the wax and with the wick I tied the memories of a daily life which was not going to be mine any longer.

My art unfolds all-around the narration of that light. My paintings are symbionts of the match of contrasting gentle and dark which narrate with out revealing, which drain my internal feelings on the canvas stopping the shapes from starting to be obstructions.

Andromeda I, 2022, by Andrea Solaja

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

I paint the stories that strike my chords, with which I perceive a bond.

As a tailor, I wrap my canvas all-around you to make you turn into the artwork that you want to narrate. Your previous, your perceptions and your emotions are transformed as the warp and weft of a distinctive story which has finally been unveiled. Yours.

Andrea introducing the remaining touches to Alchemy (@andrea_solaja)

How has your observe evolved in excess of the a long time? Have you always worked in an summary model?

Awesome concern.

To be genuine, I’ve in no way thought about it.

In phrases of technique, I am not in a position to say superior or worst, let us say that I have discovered my mark, my effect. Is just not this what each individual artist aspires to?

My really like for Figurative design and style hasn’t improved, but my sight undoubtedly has and which is why a lot of folks outline my art, Summary.

”Nearsightedness” is my procedure, but the style is nevertheless Figurative.

Aphrodite, 2022, by Andrea Solaja

What is an typical working day like in your studio?

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

I am so immersed in analysis and in my ideas that I come across it challenging to be current in the terrestrial globe. I am quite slow in producing my art and the purpose for this slowness is due to a whole lot of investigation powering each artwork: it commences from the tale I want to explain to and how I want it to be advised the option of the substance that very best satisfies the tale hours of sketching… After I have the very clear plan in my head of the last outcome, very well which is the minute I start off with the generation.

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

What/Who are your crucial influences?


I have normally had a passion for artists who have absent towards the tide, for the reason that you have to have to think in opposition to the tide if you want to have seriously progressive strategies. Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Marcel Duchamp, Banksy, Lucio Fontana… to name a couple. Men and women usually review my functions with Caravaggio’s due to the fact of the darkness and I’m fine with that if we want to briefly summarize my artwork.

But, the truth is diverse. I’m obsessed with the stories driving every Artist and their time, the society they lived in, but typically the explanation which pushed them to make that kind of artwork, their psychology, their soul, their ideas and uncertainties…


I’m a enormous enthusiast of Greek mythology, omnipresent in my operate.

Aphrodisia, 2022, by Andrea Solaja

Who are some Increase Art artists with operate you’re enjoying at the instant?

Actually a great deal of them, this sort of as Iain Andrews, Michele Fletcher, but Johanna Bath’s performs are surely my favorite. Her artwork reminds me of Gerhard Richter’s blurry series, but enriched with a feminine contact.

Are you at present performing on any interesting new tasks?

My last job was ”Semi di Luce” for ”LUCE” Art Exhibition in Palermo and it was these an awesome practical experience. September is about the corner with a ton of exciting jobs that I are unable to wait around to share with you! But now, I will need some relaxation!

Semi di luce, 2022, by Andrea Solaja

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