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

Andrea Solaja has not too long ago joined Increase Art, bringing her diverse portfolio of summary paintings and sculptures to the platform. Andrea creates worlds and characters, enjoying with the contrast of gentle and dark, and tells stories using shapes in her very own own way to express her inner thoughts and as a supply of reduction to escape from the shadows of her Serbian childhood when the country was bombed.

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


How would you explain your creative design?

At the age of 10, I’ve experienced a terrible daily life practical experience: my nation was bombed.

My sole resource of relief to escape from the horrors of all those days was imagining worlds and building tales inside the mild of the only candle I had. The shadows projected on the partitions would change into the designs of the at any time shifting people of my creativeness, I can see my fingers weaving  evanescent specifics which blended with the condensation and the chilly. That light shone on an outer place which was too small for a child. I experienced to develop a single to become internal, immense.

I maintain my childhood and its desires inside that small flame. I sealed the darkness I experienced within with the wax and with the wick I tied the reminiscences of a everyday living which was not going to be mine any more.

My art unfolds around the narration of that gentle. My paintings are symbionts of the activity of contrasting light and dark which narrate without having revealing, which drain my internal thoughts on the canvas blocking the styles from getting to be road blocks.

Andromeda I, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


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

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

As a tailor, I wrap my canvas close to you to make you turn out to be the art that you wish to narrate. Your past, your perceptions and your emotions are transformed as the warp and weft of a exceptional tale which has lastly been unveiled. Yours.

Andrea introducing the final touches to Alchemy (@andrea_solaja)


How has your practice advanced around the years? Have you always worked in an summary model?

Awesome dilemma.

To be trustworthy, I have in no way thought about it.

In conditions of technique, I’m not equipped to say superior or worst, let us say that I have identified my mark, my effect. Isn’t this what every single artist aspires to?

My adore for Figurative style has not alter, but my sight unquestionably has and which is why numerous men and women determine my artwork, Summary.

‘’Nearsightedness’’ is my system, but the type is continue to Figurative.

Afrodite, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


What’s an normal working day like in your studio? 

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

I am so immersed in study and in my feelings that I uncover it tough to be present in the terrestrial environment. I’m really gradual in production of my artwork and the explanation of this slowness is due to a whole lot of investigation driving each artwork: it commences from the tale I want to explain to and how I want it to be advised the choice of the substance that most effective satisfies the tale hrs of sketching… The moment I have the very clear thought in my head of the ultimate result, nicely that is the instant I begin with the creation.

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


What/Who are your vital influences?


I have generally experienced a enthusiasm for artists who have long gone in opposition to the tide, for the reason that you want to imagine towards the tide if you want to have seriously innovative ideas. Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Marcel Duchamp, Banksy, Lucio Fontana… to title a couple. People typically review my performs with Caravaggio’s because of the darkness and I’m great with that if we want to summarise briefly my art.

But, the truth of the matter is unique. I’m obsessed with the tales guiding each and every Artist and their time, the modern society they lived in, but mainly the purpose which pushed them to make that variety of art, their psychology, their soul, their views and doubts…


I’m a big admirer of Greek mythology, omnipresent in my do the job.

Afrodizie, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


Who are some Increase Artwork artists with get the job done you are having fun with at the second?

Really a large amount of them, these kinds of as Iain Andrews, Michele Fletcher, but Johanna Bath’s works are definitely my favorite. Her artwork reminds me of Gerhard Richter’s blurry collection, but enriched with a female contact.


Are you presently performing on any thrilling new tasks?

My very last undertaking was ‘’Semi di Luce’’ for ‘’LUCE’’ Artwork Exhibition in Palermo and it was this kind of an incredible encounter. September is all-around the corner with a ton of remarkable initiatives that I cannot wait around to share with you! But now, I want some rest!

Semi di luce, 2022, by Andrea Solaja

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