Interviews | August 1, 2023 |

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Interview: Lucia Ribeiro
Luca Curci
talks with Lucia Ribeiro during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 17TH, in Venice Palazzo-Albrizzi Capello.

Lucia Ribeiro, a distinguished artist from Portugal, was born on March 1, 1958, in Algarve, Portugal, Lucia’s passion for art is reflected in her travels worldwide. Specializing in en plein air painting, Lucia captures nature’s essence in her artworks, infusing them with profound emotion and positive energy. Describing painting as an intimate and passionate process, she compares it to a sublime act of creation culminating in a profound climax. Her artistic journey began in 2003, inspired by a workshop in Switzerland, where she aimed to depict the sea and assuage nostalgia. Admiring Monet and favouring impressionism, Lucia’s art is deeply rooted in her appreciation for beauty. Expressing that her paintings are a manifestation of her heart and soul, Lucia shares her love for art, hoping others appreciate both her creations and the artist behind them.

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Image courtesy of Lucia Ribeiro

Luca Curci – What is the trigger that leads you to paint?
Lucia Ribeiro – My engine of inspiration, the beauty of everything around me. Sometimes all it takes is a ray of sunshine on the waves and it’s madness. When I’m not accompanied by pencil and paper, frustration sets in. In the end, the works I’ve loved and love the most are the ones that were born this way.

LC – Which artists have somehow influenced your work?
LR –
I have to stress that I love impressionism. Artists who have influenced my art are undoubtedly Monet. I didn’t know who he was yet and I already loved his works. When I was little, I would stare at the painting Nymphéas, watching and imagining stories. I had the privilege of painting in the garden of Monet’s house in Giverny for three days in a row and I can assure you that I felt Monet’s presence many times. His garden is a work of art and I think it’s the most beautiful work of art he left behind.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
LR – For me, being an artist is wonderful. Nowadays, with technological evolution, it’s also a great challenge. Technology helps with many things, for example, we can make ourselves known all over the world, and there’s also digital art, which I don’t care about at the moment. It’s a joy to create with your fingers, with your brushes, to touch the canvas, to smell the materials is wonderful, it’s meditation, it’s real therapy. It’s making love to the canvas.

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Image courtesy of Lucia Ribeiro

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
LR – Criticism and suggestions from visitors can help in many ways to open up the channel of inspiration, and in whatever sense. Suggestions from visitors can give us the motivation to try new things and make discoveries that we might not otherwise have made.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
LR – When it comes to my style, I’m always trying out new things, I’m the woman, in fact, the artist of a thousand ideas. What I’ve always loved is painting nature and in nature.

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Image courtesy of Lucia Ribeiro

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
LR – This exhibition in Venice was the realization of a dream and I decided to take part in it in the space of a few days. I’ll quickly tell you the story of this event, which I think is fantastic. At the beginning of August, I went to Venice for a week. I was staying in the part of the new road, Calle Verdi. I have to say that Palazzo Albrizzi is two streets from where I lived, but I was unaware of the existence of the Palace and the Exhibition that was going to take place on 21.09.23. One day I went to paint two streets behind my apartment in Riello di Santa Sofia. That’s when the painting that’s in the exhibition was born, the title of which is (la fatina salva Pinocchio. I forgot to say that I thought I’d like to exhibit my work in Venice one day. Returning to Switzerland, I happened to see an advertisement on Facebook about the exhibition in Venice, and I thought I’d love to take part. I wrote to them, and they asked me for photos of my curriculum works, etc. I sent it thinking that maybe I wouldn’t get a reply, but I did and in a short space of time everything happened. I wanted to be present at this magical moment for me and I flew to Venice, but this time I went to a hotel on an island called Giudecca. The day I arrived, I went to look for the Palazzo Albirzzi Capello and came across the place where I had lived and, of course, created my opera, which had practically moved to the place where it was born. Isn’t that fantastic?

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Image courtesy of Lucia Ribeiro

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
LR – I think your vision of merging different types of art is a great idea, and beyond that we artists can make ourselves known to the world. The whole world passes through Venice

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with ITSLIQUID Group? 
LR – Everything flowed smoothly and I think they have competent staff.

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