Antonia Sironvalle Moreno was born in Santiago Chile. She is 19 years old and she started painting since she was very young.
Antonia learned to draw and paint alone. When she was a girl she liked to draw elves, witches, fairies, mermaids, etc.
She always liked everything that has to do with surrealism, with magic or with things that do not “exist”. Later, when she was older, she found her own style in painting.
Antonia was inspired by her dreams and by Alice in Wonderland, which has always been her favorite book and movie. Most of her drawings have parts of some dreams that she has had.
A few years ago, she wrote what she dreamed of in a notebook, and since then, when she wants to draw, she reads it and comes up with ideas.
Hi Antonia! You say you always loved surrealism. Where did that come from, and what are your biggest influences in that field?
Antonia: Surrealism has always been present in my life through my dreams. The fact of the matter, I think that they are my most significant influence when it comes to my art. I use to dream very peculiar things, or just unlikely to ever happen in “real life”. Since the beginning of my drawings, surrealism has been a matter of interest in my life. My references are René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Helmut Kand. I think that dreams are the only way to live and feel fictional situations as if they were real.
You are inspired by your dreams and by Alice in Wonderland. when did this start, and do you think that through dreams your subconsciousness is trying to tell you something? Or is it something else?
Antonia: Since I was a child, my dreams have always been surreal and very lucid at the same time. That’s why I really like Alice in Wonderland; I feel that my dreams have many things in common with that book. About the subconscious, I think that my subconscious (like in everyone else) always sends a message. Each one can interpret it differently, depending on each one’s situation, feelings, moods, and fears.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Antonia: To be honest, I don’t know the best way to reach people interested in my art, for now, I don’t have a clear answer… But I think it’s important not to deceive myself with modifying what I do, just to reach more people.
What is your daily routine when working? And can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Antonia: Every time I paint or draw, I take out all the pencils, acrylics, paintbrushes, and always light an aromatic candle. While painting, I like to listen to music. I usually like to paint on the floor. The posture of lying on the ground helps with my creativity. My usual routine is to alternate between painting and drawing. When I paint, I start by doing a part with many details. Then I go with the background that is more simple and flows with ease. Until I realize that I’ve dedicated enough time.
What are you currently working on?
Antonia: I am working on a painting that l started in 2018, and l haven’t finished. Since I started it, I knew that it would require a lot of time and patience. I think it’s time to finish it or maybe just move forward.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Antonia: Yes, and it has to do with “observing” what surrounds us and the new things that are happening to us every day. Observing calmly and without a “label”. Looking at the details, each one has a meaning in my art. Trying to think before asking, what does it mean? Where did the idea come from? why did I do that? l think is important to be curious without being judicious. As is my paints, life has many details with senses that go unnoticed that perhaps we could discover by observing.
What are some of the tools you use to create a distinct style of artwork?
Antonia: Just let it flow, don’ try to copy someone and not do the art that people probably like the most.
In the beginning, it was a bit “difficult” because unconsciously I was trying to draw things that were more aesthetic or that had more coherence, I got like kind of barriers … Looking for something coherent or easy to understand, but then I started in a more “private” to draw more spontaneous things that finally at the end are the ones I like the most … and always I desire to receive suggestions and constructive criticism. I think it is a way that l can improve.
Is there a message you are trying to give with your art?
Antonia: Yes, there is a message but I want to make that message known only after having finished the last painting that I am doing, that inspires others and at the same time unites all of them, each drawing has messages, all messages are different from different points of view but I would like to give the opportunity who know my drawings to discover the message and play with it, and if you want you can ask, just after you give me your version of what you think it could mean.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Antonia: Most people tell me that they evoke happiness because of the colors. It indeed is one of my intentions, but few could see beyond.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Antonia: Continue to have many “surreal” dreams. Keep planning to have time to dedicate to the creative process of my art. At my age, there is a lot to get distracted with. My effort is to maintain my artistic rhythm. the art brings me a series of benefits that nothing else does. It clears my mind and relaxes me, l would like to try new things like paint in larger formats.