Interview: Ravi Alisha
Luca Curci talks with Ravi Alisha during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
My story begins with an inner impulse. A push from the inside out. Art initially for me was been therapy: it gave me back my life. In the painting, the colors are been light in the dark: FOR ME, ART IS LIFE. In the beginning, I was throwing the colors, instinctively and using my body. I dipped my fingers in the colors, without thinking and threw the colors on the canvas. I later found out that I was doing therapy. I took my emotions, what was imprisoned inside my body, what blocked me and I threw it out. Metamorphosis this is. The colors have recreated and regenerated me. Maybe, it is necessary to raze to the ground in order to recreate and rebuild or build. And Maybe, I probably had to see the dark know it in many forms to see the light. After the first step, I started experimenting, researching, and studying art, and painting. Art is a continuous journey. One day, while I was lying on the grass. I saw THE WORLD IN SPOTS, and I started to paint it. A little pop and a little abstract. I unite various parts of me in these paintings and create my own way of expressing myself, all my own, my own vision: a little Pop and a little abstract. This is my journey in my life: painting.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Ravi Alisha – I’m self-taught. The art turned on the light when there was dark inside me. I started painting out of instinct and survival. I used colors as a ritual. I picked them impulsively and threw them. Action painting. Only later I did realize that I was using art as a therapy. Along the way, I began to study it, from a technical, psychological, and practical point of view and I continue to do so. I created my personal representation THE WORLD A SPOTS. I like to describe it as a little pop, a little abstract. I have done various exhibitions in Italy and in Europe. I won recognition awards and publications. I am officially represented by a Gallery: Artland Milano. The art was cathartic, an instinctive ritual that gave me back the light. It made me rework dark pieces of my life. I just wanted to hide and disappear. And so I did: one day I started to cover my whole body in black, to rub and cover myself as I wanted, how I felt. I have no particular memories but only the final result, I was totally covered in black from top to toe. Only after, they explained to me that I have to use the colors as therapy. I took what was inside me and I brought it to the canvas. This is an important initiation act for me. Art for me is LIFE. It has immense strength. Since that day I have chosen my path: painting. It gave me a second chance and now I want to take it around the world. Art is life!
LC – Which subject are you working on?
RA – “The world in spots” I combine a figurative part and an abstract part in my paintings. I go in search of places and details that excite me. I am particularly fascinated by nature and trees. Places that when I cross them, I feel a strong energetic something, I savour it, I listen to it, I photograph it and then I reproduce it on canvas in a new way: “The world in spots”. A little pop and a little abstract.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
RA – My paintings represent life, its wonders and colors. Positive energy. Art for me is life.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
RA – You have to believe it like anything! Really believe it! With heart. And be professional and professional. For me, it has become a full-fledged job. I had to train, and build the entire scaffolding in all aspects: cultural, practical, personal and technological. And I keep doing it. It’s normal. In Italy in particular when they ask me what work I do and I answer the painter many people do not understand and do not consider it a job. Too bad: perhaps it is one of the most complete works. For me, it has become a full-fledged job. And in any case, is very difficult to succeed in this field, but nothing is impossible.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
RA – Absolutely affirmative, it is nice to hear the user and to hear what he feels and thinks positively or not. And the evolution continues.
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?
RA – Anima Mundi, Soul of the World. We are being linked and attracted to each other and consequently what we create is also a union and amplification of our souls. Looking at a painting we can be attracted and I would recognize it through details, colors, shades. Union. Furthermore, as already mentioned, art is life for me.
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?
RA – The 2 works are part of preexisting works.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
RA – An association that creates events through artists.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RA – Absolutely yes, being visible in different places and a new audience is important. I also think that the associations during the events should advertise the artists a lot and continuously for the duration of the exhibition. Because the purpose of participating in the exhibitions is to be seen across in other channels.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RA- Yes, a great experience.