Artist Natasha Lelenco paints surrealist figurative art by fusing botanical elements with the human form. Working simultaneously on multiple pieces, she creates narratives that function collectively and independently. "My visual motif of repetition, especially in the portrayal of faces, represents a graphic fixation that captures a world characterized by seriality," says Natasha. Her otherworldly characters feature playful interplays of striking color contrasts and selective use of everyday objects from her studio. During her childhood in Moldova, her music and choir teacher influenced her greatly in art, which led to her studying in Romania at the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca. After graduating with a BA in Fine Arts in 2006, she moved to Ourense, in Galicia, Spain. Today, her home studio boasts a painting area, an office and library, and a comfortable corner for her coffee maker and intimate conversations. During tight deadlines, every inch is filled with varnished pieces, leaving limited space for her cats. When she's not painting, Natasha enjoys long walks, reading, studying, and watching movies and TV series.
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About The Artist
My artistic journey has given rise to self-contained series where narrative and format harmonize, often springing from a playful interplay of repetition, color juxtapositions, deformations in pursuit of psychological realism, and selective use of elements and resources available in my studio.
A recurring motif in my work is the creation of panels, which weave a narrative through the repetitive use of representations. The visual motif of repetition, especially in the portrayal of faces, represents a graphic fixation that captures a world characterized by seriality. I frequently draw inspiration from popular art, advertising, and kitsch to depict this. The resulting imagery often strikes a tragicomic chord.
I find solace in project-based work, and virtually all my endeavors since dedicating myself professionally to artistic creation revolve around narratives materializing in pieces that often seek to function collectively and independently.
University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2006
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Natasha Lelenco: “Non son os outros os malos, porque todos somos os outros”Lords and Ladies of Significance: Ephemeral Art Portraits