Patricia Salva was born in Barcelona in 1972 has always been passionate about painting. After a beginning in Spain she had the opportunity to continue her studies in Paris. Having started with figurative work, she currently paints images that are akin to fireworks of color and joy. Recently, Patricia spoke to the Examiner about her experiences working as an artist and her hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to become an artist?
Patricia Salva (P.S.): I felt a strong interest in painting at the age of 17 in Barcelona (Spain). But it really started when I moved to Paris in 1999 and began producing and exposing art.
M.M.: Growing up, which artists/types of art interested you?
P.S.: While I feel more attracted by abstract painting, I admire many artists with different styles. Among Spanish painters, I certainly need to mention Dali, Picasso, but also a contemporary painter born in Mallorca, Miguel Barcelo, who has an impressive production of paintings, sculpture, ceramics…
M.M.: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?
P.S.: In my work, tracing is light and fast. I need to work under pressure and produce fast. I use a full and lively array of colors. I look for a balance in my paintings, but also a movement somewhat “frantic”, without aiming at precision and perfection. My inspiration comes from all that I see in art shows, and from artists that I like.
M.M.: How did you go about getting into galleries and/or public showcases?
P.S.: It is not always easy to get one’s work exposed, but Paris is a city with many opportunities to move and exhibit my work.
M.M.: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?
P.S.: Yes! There is one that I like particularly, because it got me selected at the 2015 “Salon d’Automne” at the Champs Elysees in Paris. The piece is called “Alegria”
M.M.: What are your mediums of choice?
P.S.: I use and mix plenty of raw materials: acrylics, sprays, plaster, pigments…I must say that I cannot describe in detail as it changes all the time…
M.M.: Are there any mediums that you haven’t worked with yet but hope to soon?
P.S.: Yes of course, there are still many techniques that I have not yet used. As a matter of fact, all of them are available in good stores and easy to try.
M.M.: How did you develop your unique style?
P.S.: Initially, I focused in figurative paintings, especially portraits. After some time, and as I was experiencing other techniques, the evolution towards abstract painting came naturally. For the last colourful series, I was influenced by several artists that I admired.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving your artwork and/or being an artist?
P.S.: As I said, being selected for the 2015 “Salon d’Automne” really made me happy! I really believe it was an important milestone for me.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
P.S.: Paint for the pleasure, not the market! Pick your style and enjoy!
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
P.S.: I certainly would like to continue to exhibit my work more and more. Maybe I’ll try something more figurative for the next round…but we will see, it is not always possible to predict what will come out of the mind!
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To learn more about Patricia Salva, visit her official website. She is also active on Facebook and Instagram.