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

Andrea Solaja has not long ago joined Increase Art, bringing her various portfolio of abstract paintings and sculptures to the platform. Andrea creates worlds and figures, participating in with the contrast of mild and darkish, and tells stories using shapes in her very own private way to specific her feelings and as a source of reduction to escape from the shadows of her Serbian childhood when the country was bombed.

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


How would you describe your creative type?

At the age of 10, I have had a terrible everyday living encounter: my nation was bombed.

My sole supply of reduction to escape from the horrors of individuals times was imagining worlds and making stories inside of the gentle of the only candle I experienced. The shadows projected on the partitions would change into the shapes of the at any time switching figures of my imagination, I can see my fingers weaving  evanescent particulars which blended with the condensation and the chilly. That light-weight shone on an outer house which was way too compact for a little one. I had to generate one to develop into interior, huge.

I hold my childhood and its goals inside of that compact flame. I sealed the darkness I experienced inside of with the wax and with the wick I tied the reminiscences of a daily life which was not likely to be mine any longer.

My artwork unfolds all over the narration of that light-weight. My paintings are symbionts of the match of contrasting light-weight and dim which narrate with out revealing, which drain my inner inner thoughts on the canvas protecting against the designs from starting to be obstructions.

Andromeda I, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


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

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 would like to narrate. Your past, your perceptions and your emotions are reworked as the warp and weft of a exceptional tale which has lastly been unveiled. Yours.

Andrea adding the closing touches to Alchemy (@andrea_solaja)


How has your apply progressed in excess of the many years? Have you usually worked in an abstract model?

Awesome problem.

To be truthful, I’ve never imagined about it.

In phrases of approach, I’m not ready to say improved or worst, let us say that I have uncovered my mark, my impact. Is not this what every single artist aspires to?

My appreciate for Figurative design and style has not adjust, but my sight absolutely has and which is why lots of people today determine my art, Abstract.

‘’Nearsightedness’’ is my procedure, but the model is nevertheless Figurative.

Afrodite, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


What is an regular working day like in your studio? 

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

I am so immersed in analysis and in my feelings that I uncover it challenging to be existing in the terrestrial earth. I’m really slow in generation of my art and the rationale of this slowness is because of to a lot of research driving just about every artwork: it starts from the story I want to explain to and how I want it to be explained to the option of the material that greatest fits the story hrs of sketching… After I have the apparent plan in my head of the remaining result, effectively which is the instant I begin with the output.

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


What/Who are your essential influences?


I have usually experienced a passion for artists who have long gone from the tide, due to the fact you need to have to feel in opposition to the tide if you want to have seriously revolutionary ideas. Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Marcel Duchamp, Banksy, Lucio Fontana… to identify a few. People today typically review my works with Caravaggio’s mainly because of the darkness and I’m great with that if we want to summarise briefly my art.

But, the fact is distinctive. I’m obsessed with the tales guiding just about every Artist and their time, the modern society they lived in, but mainly the purpose which pushed them to make that type of art, their psychology, their soul, their views and uncertainties…


I’m a huge lover of Greek mythology, omnipresent in my work.

Afrodizie, 2022, by Andrea Solaja


Who are some Increase Artwork artists with work you are taking pleasure in at the second?

Essentially a whole lot of them, this kind of as Iain Andrews, Michele Fletcher, but Johanna Bath’s performs are certainly my favored. Her art reminds me of Gerhard Richter’s blurry series, but enriched with a feminine contact.


Are you at the moment doing the job on any enjoyable new tasks?

My previous challenge was ‘’Semi di Luce’’ for ‘’LUCE’’ Artwork Exhibition in Palermo and it was these kinds of an awesome experience. September is all-around the corner with a whole lot of fascinating initiatives that I cannot wait around to share with you! But now, I have to have some rest!

Semi di luce, 2022, by Andrea Solaja