I could spend a really, really long time studying each detail of Bologna, Italy-based painter Maryam Eivazi's abstract paintings, as each one is like a little galaxy of eccentric shapes and gorgeous colors. Originally from Iran, Maryam is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Italy, and takes inspiration from a transformative moment when she first saw a Willem de Kooning image reproduced in a black and white newspaper. I'm so happy to share some of her thoughts on making work and pursuing art as a career!
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First, I would love to know more about you! You are an Iranian artist currently based in Bologna, Italy. What has your art education been like (formally or informally)? What first interested you in painting?
Let me start from this point that, when I was 15 years old, I saw a little black and white picture in a newspaper which had belonged to Willem De Kooning (“Woman Number 3”), and I felt an amazing sense inside myself. I had never experienced anything like that before. That was the first point that I felt in love with the magic and power of paintings, and my journey started at that time.
I did not ever have a painting teacher, and I am learning painting from every painter and artwork I see. At university, I earned a BA in painting at the Art and Architecture University of Tehran, but it could not help me to find myself and my specific language. So I followed my knowledge and my way as I preferred. I traveled so much around the world, especially in Europe, and I went to many museums and art galleries to see more artwork.
Your work is abstract, textured, and often very bright. Can you tell me more about it?
So I found my “forms” and my colors after a long time spent studying and drawing. Drawing played a very important role for me.
I forget myself, and actually find myself, when I am starting to paint. It's so important for me to show a world that I feel and touch, in my journey with this wordless media. I love each color that I can see in the world; every color has a special message for me. So I use many colors in my works, even in my drawings.
Do you typically work in oil, or acrylic, or something else? What is your favorite thing about that medium?
I make each color I use in my paintings with base colors (Red-Blue-Yellow and White and Black) by myself, and I do not use available colors in the market.
What is your studio like? Is there a tool or an object in your workspace that you can't live without?
I love to use different tools. I usually use acrylic colors, and at the same time I use crayon, color stick, pencil, gouache, spray paint, ink and Ecoline. I usually make paintings like drawings; painting and drawing do not have so many differences to me.
Right now I am living in Bologna, Italy, and working at my studio. I'm studying for a Masters of Visual Arts at the Fine Art Academy of Bologna. I'm a professional painter, but at the same time I love this act just like in my childhood. It's so important for me to do this with a great discipline like a worker.
Anything else you would like to add?
I do not have a special message for the people with the same job (working in art) as me, but it should be considered that this work is a very personal adventure and exploration. I do believe at this point that each person who can see an artwork can find its magic, and also the special sense of an artist. Just like me when I saw a black and white picture of Willem De Kooning as a teenager, and I felt its unbelievable magical power.
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