Interview: Aleksandra Ciazynska
Luca Curci talks with Aleksandra Ciazynska during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021 at palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Aleksandra was born in 1987, in Poland (Toruń) and currently lives in Warsaw. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw and a passionate painter. She has loved to paint since she was a child. For many years she participated in classes conducted by prof. Paweł Lewandowski-Palle, where she trained her workshop. It was there that she fell in love with art even more, especially painting. There she participated in various competitions and was successful. She won, among others, first place in the national competition for children and youth entitled “Man and his work” and the Golden Palette (main prize) in the International Competition in Macedonia. She also received many awards. Her paintings cover various topics, from full realism to abstraction. She loves to play with colors and textures. In 2020, she participated in 5 exhibitions at the Gallery People and Paintings in New York: “Sounds of Colors”- 13-24 Jul 2020; “Forks In the Road”- 17-28 Aug 2020; “Emotions in Painting”- 14-25 Sep 2020; “Save a Planet”- 12-23 Oct 2020; “Immanent Secrets”- 09-22 Nov 2020. She received the curator’s award for the watercolor “Warsaw” and an honorable mention for the painting “Friendship” (pastels). In 2021 she participated in two exhibitions at People and Paintings Gallery in New York and currently her three works are on display in Venice, in the exhibition “The Body Language”.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Aleksandra Ciazynska – For as long as I can remember, I have always liked to paint. As a child, I constantly took crayons and created colorful pictures. In the beginning, I was painting things, people and places that surrounded me: my grandparents’ house, trees in the garden, forest near my home, my family, or flowers in the park. For many years I participated in classes in the Drawing and Painting Studio of prof. Pawel Lewandowski-Palle, where I trained my workshop. It was there that I fell in love with art even more, especially painting. The world has always fascinated me and provided me with countless inspirations. When I left the house, I always looked and still look at what surrounds me. I can admire the sunset, the shape of leaves on trees, the colors of roadside flowers, and the patterns on the clothes of people I pass along the way. Everything fascinates me. I am also a dreamer, so in my paintings, I combine inspirations from the world with what I see in my imagination.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
AC – Art is my great passion which I try to develop every day. A passion that is extremely interesting and addictive, because thanks to it I constantly learn something new. Art is eternal learning that allows you, with childish delight, to pay attention to things that are imperceptible to others. In my works, I tried many painting techniques, I experimented with them to achieve progress and develop my own aesthetics. Currently, I like painting with oil paints and watercolors. I appreciate watercolors for their unpredictability and transparency. Oil paints, on the other hand, offer great versatility. They have beautiful colors and offer many possibilities. They “stole my heart”.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
AC – For me, art is one of the forms of communicating with people, communicating without words. Through it, I can express my opinion on important topics in a non-verbal way, convey my thoughts and the way I perceive the world. Thanks to it, I have the opportunity to describe the reality that surrounds me in my own way. Everything that is important to me, what amazes and inspires me. In my paintings, I try to show the beauty of the world around us, the uniqueness of forms, colors and shapes that accompany us imperceptibly every day. Art allows me to discover myself, allows me to look into the recesses of my soul and constantly find new faces of my soul.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AC – I try to paint every day. I create paintings in my apartment, usually in the morning when the light is at its best. I am inspired by the world around me. When I find something interesting, I make a small sketch in a special notebook. When you create, ideas come to your head all the time, so there are many sketches in this notebook. Then I paint a picture on the basis of one of these sketches. I see the end result in my head and I try to pursue it. I always imagine already finished pictures. I paint alone. Isolation brings out a creative spirit in me. I like those hours spent alone with the easel. Then I am not aware of the passing time and I am preoccupied with what I am doing at the moment. I like to experiment and that’s why I mainly paint with oil paints. They allow me to use all sorts of techniques. They are universal and you can paint anything with them.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
AC – Most people will probably say that being an artist is hard work. But for me, being an artist is the greatest thing in the world. First of all, because the artist looks at the world differently. Everything experiences more. He sees beauty in the most ordinary things, in everyday life. Thanks to this, he lives more, feels more emotions, experiences everything more strongly. He perceives colors, forms and shapes. Most people do not pay attention to the world around them, but an artist enjoys seeing the beauty that surrounds him/her. And everything is beautiful, clouds, trees, sun, people, buildings, streets, fields full of grains and flowers, etc. All this is ordinary and beautiful at the same time. And only an artist can see it. He sees everything as an inspiration to create. His/Her imagination works all the time.
LC – Can you explain something about the paintings you have in our exhibition?
AC – In my picture “The colors of life” I want to show that you don’t always have to have wings to fly. Each of us in our life has probably experienced such a feeling, the feeling as if we were floating in the air, even though as humans we do not have wings. Our passions allow us to fly. If people listen to their inner voice, if they develop their interests, they feel like they are getting wings. The world around them seems to be full of colors, fragrances, joy and happiness. This is what I wanted to show in my painting. A woman and a man with butterfly wings hovering above the ground, surrounded by colors. People full of passion and love. Following their path, chosen only by themselves, not by someone else, looking to the future with optimism. If we live in harmony with ourselves, we will be able to see all the colors of the world, its beauty, we will feel as if we actually got wings and hover above the ground. In the painting “The power of happiness”, I wanted to show that joy and optimism make us “grow wings”, that we feel that we can fly. Regardless of where we are and what we do, let us try to appreciate our lives, let us try to see the happiness that surrounds us. Let us help ourselves and appreciate the smallest gestures of kindness. Let’s look to the future with optimism, instead of finding new obstacles. It is very important, especially in these difficult times. Let us have dreams, let us pursue our passions. Then our wings will grow – they will not be visible to the world, but we will know that we have them… The painting “Memory from Paris” shows a woman who nostalgically remembers her trip to Paris. You can see the longing in her eyes. She looks at the rose in her hand. The scent of the rose will always remind her of this beautiful city. Therefore, whenever she smells this flower, memories will come back. The view of beautiful tenement houses, magnificent bridges, the most famous museums and tiny cafes will return. The scent of the rose will bring the woman back to this city.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
AC – The idea of the festival is great. Man has fascinated painters for ages. Body language is a universal language. You don’t need to use words to see what a person is feeling. And this is the most beautiful thing about the man. Our bodies, our faces express so many emotions! Even though there are no two identical people in the world, that we differ from each other and speak many languages, we can communicate – with the help of gestures, facial expressions, with the help of our bodies.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AC – The organization is great. Many wonderful people are involved in the project, they are always helpful. The place of the exhibition is also magical. Picturesque Venice – a city full of wonderful buildings, a city of artists that I have always wanted to visit. The palace dated back to the 16th century and the works of contemporary artists – here, the history meets the present. It is a wonderful feeling when your paintings are part of this great exhibition.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
AC – I think that you make a great team and have a great initiative. In the future, I would like to cooperate with you again with great pleasure. I would wholeheartedly recommend you to others because you create a more beautiful world.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AC – Of course, and this is a great opportunity. Thanks to you, many artists can show their works to a larger audience. The world is diverse and you show this diversity. And it is wonderful! You show the beauty of art!