Aja Apa-Soura, Schenectady, NY Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Although I've been painting since my age was measured in months (my mom, a toll painter, would give me scraps of wood from her projects, a cup of water, and a brush for me to "paint" with....) I really became serious with it in '99 during my last years of high school. Resigned to my profession I was accepted to Montserrat College of Art on scholarship and concentrated on painting.
Sagittarius Gallery, my business, was started in April of 2003 and since then I have been blessed to have over 1000 patrons on 5 continents. I am a self-representing artist who utilizes the internet and social media to connect with patrons from across the world. Although I primarily sell my work through the net, I have shown at several galleries including at the World Monument Fund Gallery / Prince George Ballroom and Rogue Space in Manhattan, Karin Sanders Fine Art in Sag Harbor, NY, Robert Dowling Studios and Gallery in Bangor, ME, as well as a solo show at the Gallery and Grille in Newburyport, MA. Locally my work has been shown at The Broadway Art Center, Albany, and Fulton Street Gallery in Troy. I have also participated in several outdoor events including Art on Lark and the Stockade Arts Show in Schenectady. My work has been published in ArtNEWS, American Art Collector, and The World's Finest Erotic Art vol. 2, has been licensed by McGaw Publishing, and I am a listed artist with Art in America.
I concentrate primarily on the female nude figure to convey my vision, but regularly explore a variety of subjects such as florals, urban cityscapes, abstracts, and landscapes. My tool of choice is the palette knife and my medium, pure, undiluted oils. I work out of my Scotia, NY home studio.