Name: Ania Tomicka
College: Academy of fine arts in Venice and Florence
Favorite Color: orange
Favorite Book: at the moment “The secret garden”
Favorite Movie: the little princess
Favorite Food: I have too many, I love food.
Favorite Quote: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha
Why are you an artist, and when did you first become one?
Painting and drawing are my greatest passions and I can’t even remember when I started at first.
Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
I have a lot of sketchbooks with ideas, so sometimes I just look at my sketches and try to get inspired. If this doesn’t works, I look for inspiration in books, photos and other artists artworks.
I often have a theme to begin with. If this is the case, I start thinking about it and gather photo references for light, colors, shapes. Then I make lots of tiny sketches to make the composition work, choose the one I like most and make a drawing from it. After this step, if I am satisfied about everything, I put it on canvas.
What’s the best advice anyone gave you?
Don’t be afraid of colors.
Do you suffer for your art?
I suffer for my art while making it. There are several stages of making an artwork and every artist can relate. There is the one when you like what you are doing, maybe at the beginning… but then you start adding colors and you think everything is ruined, you think that you are never good enough and you need to study more. It’s an infinite circle of happyness and struggling.
How would you define yourself as an artist?
Surreal/pop surreal traditional painter
What inspires you to work?
Almost everything. Life situations, moments, dreams, books, movies, music. I want to dedicate and spend all my life doing art, so everything is involved and can potentially inspire.
You seem to use a lot of symbols in your work. Do your works tell stories or are they simply decorative elements of the project?
The symbols I use always tells a story, more often is something that is meaningful for me and is hard to explain why I decide to use certain elements.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
Salvador Dalì was my first art crush. I decided that my art should be full of surreal elements that have to be painted very well. I love traditionally painted artworks and I cannot image my life without learning painting techniques and trying to achieve a high level. I still have a lot to study (and I will never stop), but this is a very fun part of my jurney.
What other interests do you have outside of art?
Music is the first one that comes to my mind, I love going to concerts and see my favorite bands. I also love traveling and hiking, discovering new places full of nature and history.
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
I will try to do everything in my power to be able to do art again… really, I can’t image my life without it.
What are your next projects?
I have some group exhibitions for 2017 and I will focus on that. I am also finishing an illustrated book, but I cannot say more at the moment.
Another project I would like to do for myself, is finishing all my sketchbooks. I have lots for every medium, and the more I work on them the more I learn and gather new ideas for paintings and drawings!