Adriana Lashley was born and raised in Venezuela (Caracas, 1983)
When she was five years old, her uncle gave her a children’s art book inspired by Joan Miró, and her sister one inspired by Pablo Picasso. Her fascination for these books definitely marked the course of her life, leading her to start painting and the arts from an early age.
After graduating and receiving her diploma as a Graphic Designer she went to live in Italy. She conducted various in-depth studies in her areas (Art and Design) thanks to the California Institute of The Arts and the MoMA NYC.
She currently lives and promotes her art in Italy and the rest of the world.
Hey Adriana! Tell us a bit more about yourself and your art.
Adriana: Every painting that I paint, I do it as if I had to keep it forever on my home walls, this has allowed me to create works that make feel very comfortable around them, no matter how much time passes, they make you feel at home.. so my art is like a breath of fresh air for those who observe it, it is what it transmits and many people have already told me.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Adriana: There is a part of my creative process, when I develop what I call intuitive art, for me all art is based on intuition, but in this technique that I use especially I start without any idea in my head. I go step by step following my intuition in each small step, this has always given me excellent results, but I must confess that there always comes a point in the process where I don’t like the painting at all and everything seems chaos, my experience has taught me that It is part of the creation and that if I trust, and I keep going, the results are always optimal until now I have never had to discard a canvas with this technique.
You’ve moved from Venezuela to Italy. How much of your art is changed due to your new surroundings? And how much is influenced by your homeplace?
Adriana: When I lived in Venezuela I painted only surreal and fanciful things, very colorful. Then several years here in Italy I began to feel nostalgic for my land, for my country, and lately, I have felt the need to paint colloquial things from my country, like the Amazon rainforest, a banana plant, a rooster, and things like that … Another thing that has changed is that there I always painted with oils, the climate allows it, everything dries very quickly; Here in northern Italy with the long winters for the first time in my life I ventured into the world of acrylics, in the beginning, I was reluctant (I know, I’m old school) but I have learned to value it and now I use it a lot.
What medium is your favorite to work with? And why?
Adriana: Oil and/or acrylic on canvas. The oil has unique and exceptional characteristics and I also love its smell. Acrylic allows me to move much faster due to its fast drying times.
How has your style changed or evolved over the years?
Adriana: At the beginning in my paintings you could see the great influence of Joan Miro, with the passage of time and the mutating of my psychological states these have resulted in what I have become now, and if I continue to change, my paintings will also do.
What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Adriana: The one that I finished painting this morning is called “Siboney” (yes, like Connie Francis song, I listened to it over and over again while I was painting) each piece of art that I make I feel at that moment that it is the one that I have enjoyed the most, I focus all on that present moment.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Adriana: I constantly receive memorable responses to my work every time I publish a work of art, the public has welcomed my works with great affection, I am touched every time someone takes the time to write me a private message just to tell me that work has touched it so much. I really appreciate that.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Adriana: Through my connection points:
Personal website: www.adrianalashley.com
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Adriana: Oh yes, just stay tuned to find out more soon.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Adriana: My next collection and an infinite universe of possibilities. Thank you so much for this interview!