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Stretched Canvas

Modern Lines

Contemporary White

Classical Baroque

Unframed print

Nina Bravo, San Rafael, Ca
Member Since December 2009
Artist Statement Biography

I grew up and live in Northern California. I'm self taught, although I have a few talented artists in my family, so I would also say that I was greatly encouraged to be artistic from a young age. Making art was another activity that was done regularly at my house hold. I grew up thinking it was as normal as most would consider buttering toast. I actually didn't make much visual art as a kid or teenager . I started to paint and draw around 2003 for fun. I actually did a lot of dance classes as in my younger years. I kept on going with the paintings and drawings but didn't show my work for a while. I kept growing big stack of it of it in my room and wouldn't share it with the outside world. One day someone I was close to won a prize in a major New York competition. I was in college for a major I had less passion about then the passion I felt for drawing and painting. I was really jealous, really really jealous. Jealous enough to get motivated. I thought, I can do that. If that person I know can do it so can I. So I started showing my work. I have been excited to find out that that my work has been well received and others really like it as well as myself.

Artist statement

My art is abstract expressionism. I think my work is influenced by crop circles, and Miro'. I usually start with sketches. I draw sketches of my work in pencil and when I've found something I really like that I think is worthy of becoming a painting then I save it for drawing on a painting. I then paint my background in watercolor with brushes. After this, I draw my design on top of the background. I'm not sure exactly how I'm able to paint and draw this way except to say my art comes through me. I'm a channel for my art. I think it comes from my higher self through me. It's quite magical the way the art comes through me like this. It actually amazes me every time I draw something that I really like because it isn't my regular physical mind that could ever come up with such great stuff. It comes from some other higher part of me. Besides painting I also study new consciousness and I think some of my images are influenced by this. When I look at how much I've been drawing circles that are intersecting other circles I think they seem like symbols of people being interconnected to other people in communities, but also partially having their own separate identity as well. When I look at how much I've been drawing arrows these seem to me to be symbols of spiritual direction and motivation. I have a sense of there being a actual spiritual direction, not being lost, and also a way to get there. The circles within the arrows maybe evoke a sense of being centered and cohesive, having a meaning and a reason but also having a direction. I like to use bright colors. The bright colors are very optimistic to me, they are very cheerful. I'm very, very in love with the colors I use. They are very important to me. I use turquoise, violet, fuchsia and ultramarine blue obsessively. I'm actually madly in love with these colors. I think I read that bees get some kind of high from going from flower to flower when there pollinating flowers. That's something like the feeling I get from these four colors. I feel so extremely happy when I see them, and so sad when I see other colors like brown or orange or Grey. Some of my new paintings look very playful like kids playing. I like these new pieces. They remind me of my child like wonder, and my ability to keep a childlike sense of playfulness and open mindedness about there all ways being new dreams that can come true.


Product No 4516635
Subjects Abstract, Color
Style Abstract
Tags Bravo, Nina, abstract, blue, bravo, contemporary, flower, nina, pop, silver, violet