Interview: Aleksandra de Pan
Luca Curci talks with Aleksandra de Pan during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.
Aleksandra de Pan is a painter of Russian origin currently living in Italy (Florence) which, thanks to its landmark art, culture and nature contributed to the further development of her artistic vein. Today she has received several recognitions from some of the sector’s leading critics and has showcased her works at a number of exhibitions, both domestically as well as internationally. From an educational perspective, although Aleksandra gained a degree in another subject, for 3 years she read at the Institute of Design in Moscow, where she gained the basic knowledge of academic painting. Her style converge elements of surrealism and expressionism, whilst her approach to painting mirrors the “High Renaissance” instinct of following what is dictated by her heart. The result is unique works, heirs of the twentieth-century tradition of conceptual painting, an art full of hidden meanings, which challenge the observer to investigate the unknown. Mirror of her own personality, Aleksandra de Pan is constantly looking for stimuli that lead her to experiment with new techniques and styles in her works.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Aleksandra de Pan – Art is life and as such, I never decouple from it! Art is a way of using my imagination, when I paint, as well as in every small moment when I enjoy what surrounds me from nature to people and their creations in an extremely interconnected way. Creation is an absolute necessity that makes you forget everything else. Art evokes emotions and emotions make you feel alive, so here the circle is closed.
LC – What are you currently working on?
ADP – I just took part in a number of exhibitions across Europe (Italy, UK and most recently Austria). Currently, I’m working on a new series of paintings, that I’m aiming to present in Paris by the end of this year and with a creative team I’m working on my first NFT collection.
LC – How is your creative process?
ADP – There is not one, as every painting I have created has followed different processes and dynamics, highly connected with my state of mind and soul at the time of painting. With regards to the actual creating process, after getting a rough idea of what I would like to create, I start painting, guided by my own affinity and sensitivity and always listening to the inner senses, gradually completing my opera. In most cases, the final result is different from the initial idea. Guided by my instinct I feel when the opera is completed and that is how it’s supposed to be.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
ADP – I would say yes, with “theme” defined as something about a spiritual journey, senses and feelings.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
ADP – As in everything, when you are creating with the soul, you always win, as the love and passion that you put will be surely perceived by the observer. Being an artist is a very pleasant journey full of discoveries and satisfaction along the way.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
ADP – I consider this exhibition the perfect opportunity for artists to be featured in a beautiful context in Venice during “the Olympics of the art world” as the Venice Biennale is often dubbed. The theme of the exhibition Anima Mundi (Consciousness) is very actual, it gives a chance to reflect, think about fundamental questions, such as those about existence, reason, knowledge, values and etc.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
ADP – I decided to participate in the second appointment of Anima Mundi with the work UNION, as it perfectly ties with the focus of the festival that aims to discover the multiple forms of hidden connections between everything and the ecosystems of the Earth, in fact, the painting represents the spiritual connection of the elements, that connection that goes beyond perfect and infinite union… We can say that this work represents Anima Mundi itself.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
ADP – Absolutely, is a great initiative that brings together artists and helps them to become more visible and share their art.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
ADP – Yes, everything was organised in a very professional way, the exhibition managers were very educated, trained and helpful. Was a pleasant experience.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
ADP – I think it’s a very well organised and useful communication platform, moreover, the international cooperation with attractive venues, that enables to reach an international public represents a valuable opportunity.