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From Rio to London: Aline Gaiad's Vibrant Universe - Artist Interview Unveiling an Evolutionary Journey


Aline Gaiad in her studio
Aline Gaiad in her studio. Courtesy of the artist.

Introducing the captivating world of Aline Gaiad (b. 1979, Brazil), where abstract figures dance amidst bold strokes of color, each canvas a testament to a life rich in experience and imagination. Aline, who lives and works in the vibrant city of London, brings a unique perspective shaped by her upbringing amidst the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro, where she was nurtured amidst a family of artists and collectors. Her journey to the eclectic landscape of West London has imbued her work with a blend of cultural resonance and personal narrative. Brimming with the warmth of familiar objects and the essence of nature, her paintings beckon viewers to immerse themselves in a realm where every stroke is a story waiting to unfold. Through her masterful use of acrylics, oil sticks, pastels, and collage, Aline weaves texture and depth into her canvases, creating a visual tapestry that captivates the eye and stirs the soul. Join us as we delve deeper into the creative mind of this extraordinary artist whose passion for storytelling through art knows no bounds.


 

Can you share how your upbringing in Rio de Janeiro, surrounded by a family of artists and collectors, has influenced the evolution of your artistic style from your early career as a photojournalist to your current abstract, figurative paintings?


It's interesting to know that I never had practical experiences with my grandfather, who was a painter. I vividly recall his studio, the smell of oil paint, and the incredible paintings he created. In my parents' home, there are several of his works for me to continue admiring, but unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to learn or paint with him. I believe the influence came from the simple fact that art was present in my family. My parents are avid art collectors, with pieces from various countries (due to being expatriates); they collect vases, sculptures, paintings, and chandeliers, creating an environment for my evolution. 


Growing up in Rio de Janeiro was a privilege, as it is an extremely artistic city. In my formation as a photojournalist, I was able to refine my perception of composition, contrasts, depth, and everything involved in creating a good photograph.


Artwork by Aline Gaiad
Artwork by Aline Gaiad. Courtesy of the artist.

Can you walk us through your artistic process, from conceptualization to the completion of a painting?


I am passionate about art and consume a lot of it daily, whether it's others' paintings, music, books, or interior design. I am constantly absorbing art. I see my paintings as a burst of this consumption, physically bringing to life what I imagine. I start with a room, and once I structure it, I begin the process of envisioning it with objects and colors that attract me. After the initial composition, I add layers to form this room. I have a deep love for antiques, reflected in the motifs I incorporate into my paintings. 


P.S. Coffee is always present; I love painting while enjoying a cup of special coffee (always single-origin, mediums rosy, and V60 process of making)!


Artwork by Aline Gaiad
Artwork by Aline Gaiad. Courtesy of the artist.

Objects from your life and nature are recurring themes in your paintings. How do these elements become subjects, and are there specific memories or aspects you find yourself repeatedly drawn to?


Yes, I know it might sound strange, but I love scents. Actually, my nostalgic memories always have a scent as a backdrop. When I paint, I imagine the scent of the environment. One of the most vivid smells in my memory is from my great-grandmother's old house – that antique scent of furniture, fabrics with countless stories, the smell of a furniture store, freshly cut wood, and a newly built house. The fragrance of candles and matches just extinguished, the heavy velvet curtain, a vase of flowers, and fruits on the table. Perhaps from now on, as you view my paintings, you might start to sense the aroma and understand this connection.



Artwork by Aline Gaiad
Artwork by Aline Gaiad. Courtesy of the artist.

Are there specific aspects of the London art scene that have played a significant role in your artistic development?


Simply, the fact that I can have close contact with other artists and attend various exhibitions is more than enough to aid my development. I find it beautiful how artists here support and root for each other, almost like a team. I love that.


Artwork by Aline Gaiad
Artwork by Aline Gaiad. Courtesy of the artist.

How do you stay motivated and continue to evolve as an artist?


I try to paint almost every day, and I believe finding joy in the act of painting is essential. Challenges arise when facing deadlines, and anxiety tries to take over. In those moments, I shift back to a mindset of pleasure rather than pressure. Painting is a massive part of my life. In fact, I don't know how to be unmotivated, hehe.


Artwork by Aline Gaiad
Artwork by Aline Gaiad. Courtesy of the artist.


Who are some artists, both historical and contemporary, that have inspired or influenced your work?


One of the first artists I fell in love with was my fellow countryman, Manuel Costa. Thirty years ago, my parents bought one of his paintings, and I remember spending hours admiring every brushstroke. Later on, I began to appreciate the works of my cousin Paulo Gaiad and also Marcos Magalhães, both Brazilians. I don't believe their styles influenced mine, but rather the boldness expressed in their canvases. In the early days of my career, my greatest inspiration was Cy Twombly; nowadays, it's hard to name specific influencers. I am bombarded every day with incredible paintings and phenomenal artists.


Aline Gaiad in her studio.
Aline Gaiad in her studio. Courtesy of the artist.

You can acquire available artwork by Aline Gaiad through Partnership Editions here.


Stay up-to-date with the artist here:

Instagram: @a.gaiad


 

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