Whimsically working with watercolours, Monika Viktoria weaves romance and whispers of memories to create dreamy illustrations of delicate women.
Hi Monika, tell us a bit about yourself.
I completed my BFA degree majoring in Printmaking in 2007, specifically focusing on Intaglio copperplate etching. I took part in a few curated exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne focusing on feminine subject matter. In 2011 I was accepted into several International Art Residencies, and spent 3 years abroad painting and working on my art, before returning last year. I now live in a sleepy suburb at the foot of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
For how long have you had this passion for art?
My mum told me the story of when my first grade teacher informed her in a parent-teacher interview that I was “a good drawer”. Apparently
that was the moment that my young mind took art as my life calling, and my passion for creating has never weaned. However, I struggled within the stifling curriculum of High School Art and preferred to make up fantasy characters and create illustrations based on their backstories. I continued to do this privately throughout my Fine Art Degree, then was finally able to devote myself to the style I loved most after I finished all of my schooling.
Your work is very feminine and romantic. What influences you?
I struggled for a while to find “meaningful and deep” concepts to illustrate, until I just decided to simplify things and began asking my friends to pose for me. I found an infinite amount of inspiration in the girls I knew, each one beautiful and interesting in my eyes, with their own individual passions, talents, style and personalities. I continue to paint people I’ve met and had a personal connection with. I listen to music to help inspire me and bring me to the right emotions needed for the particular painting. A stanza or verse might stand out to me, desperate to be brought to life.
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