Masha GorodiLova was born in Russia and moved to Italy at a young age, she holds a degree in Art History and a postgraduate diploma in Fashion Stylist.
Having traveled and lived in 3 Continents (South America, Asia, Europe), she is fluent in 4 languages (Russian, Italian, English, Spanish) and has a multi-ethnic culture.
She has been painting since she learned to hold the brush in her hand and she loves to mix techniques and styles, composing “digital” and “physical” art into a system.
She finds her source of inspiration in feeling and living as a Citizen of the World, always ready to grasp the beauty and strength of female nature that is released in the Universe.
Hi Masha! You say you’ve been painting since you’ve learned to hold the brush in your hand. Tell me more about that, and how did it all start for you?
Masha: Yes, Drawing has been my passion since childhood. When I was very little I drew illustrations for fairy tales that my mom read to me. I drew them with pencils and paints on the walls and wallpaper in my room. When I got older I liked to invent new tales and draw characters myself. But even as a child, I was always especially interested in faces. When I was 11, my mother sent me to an Art school. There I have always preferred “freestyle” to all the rules and canons. While I think the understanding of traditional techniques and how certain art was made is useful, but following the rules only take you so far. You need to find something that inspires you, something that is truly yours. Faces and hands are the most expressive and eloquent parts of the human body. They are my endless source of inspiration.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Masha: I do really love mixing styles and techniques, such as acrylic and ink, pastel and acrylic, digital and physical art. My digital works are mainly about faces that inspired me, instead of in physical works I’m exploring more abstract forms mixed with figurative art. I also really love the “unfinished art” and I often use it in my works. Art doesn’t need to look finished to be complete and meaningful.
Could you walk us through your process? How much planning do you do before you jump into a painting? If you do, what are you trying to solve at each stage of it?
Masha: Before I start working, as a rule, I already have a certain image in my head of what I’d like to convey through the drawing. Often this is some kind of feeling that I living through at that moment, emotions, and experiences. I do a couple of sketches and move on to the canvas. When I mix digital and physical art, I print the digital painting on high-quality natural canvas and then work on the details with ink, acrylic, or pastel.
Very often, the final result differs from the image that was originally conceived, but creativity is the adventure itself, and not just a “story” about the adventure once experienced. The most important thing to me is to convey emotion. Emotion is what remains in the memory of the viewer.
You’ve traveled and lived on 3 Continents. How much is your art influenced by traveling, and getting in touch with different cultures?
Masha: Traveling is my passion, the traveler is my state of mind, creativity and travel is what makes me feel alive. Meeting new people on different continents and countries (from Colombia to Malaysia, from Russia to Italy, from the Canary Islands to Iceland), their customs, their life experiences, listening to their stories is like living several lives, and each time on a new journey to get to know myself again, too. Of course, all this finds a response in my work: I simply allow new experience to enrich me and further develop my perception of reality, and then let it pass through myself, splash it out onto the canvas.
Tell me more about the beauty and strength of female nature and how it reflects in your art.
Masha: Women have been oppressed for a very long time, for too long they have been impaired in their rights. The situation is slowly changing. I am for freedom, gender equality, and, of course, Future is female. I love beauty that glows from within, the courage of self-expression and elegance as a state of mind. A woman is able to turn the world upside down if she wants to. I admire women who found and unleashed their power, they are my source of inspiration.
What are you currently working on?
Masha: I am working on a large canvas in abstract style. I want to express very personal experiences on it. Follow my Instagram account and soon you will see everything for yourself 😉
How has your art evolved over the years?
Masha: The technical side has evolved very much, in my opinion, plus I was not familiar with digital art, it was something completely new for me just a year ago. And I feel deeper than a couple of years ago.
What artists have influenced your work the most?
Masha: Botticelli, Picasso, Botero, Schiele, Rothko, Klimt. From modern, I can single out Jenny Seville and Tracey Emin. These artists emotionally influenced me the most.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Masha: I will give an example from the last exhibition I participated in. It was in Dubai in October 2020. This was my first exhibition outside of Europe. I have presented 3 of my latest works. Due to covid restrictions, the exhibition wasn’t crowded, but this provided a valuable opportunity to devote time and attention to everyone who wanted to interact. Some people complimented my technique, someone talked about colors and lines, but the most memorable for me was when a couple of people said how much they were touched by my paintings. It was very rewarding feeling to see someone’s emotional response to your work. Also several times I heard from different people that the heroines of my paintings have an external resemblance to me. I think it’s because the girls in my paintings, my muses, embody my feelings and experiences, and unconsciously I endow them some of my external features.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Masha: I do really love physical exhibitions and I think the best way to appreciate Art is to see it in person. But I also believe in social media and in a word of mouth.
What’s next for Masha?
Masha: I am currently working on several portraits as a commissioned pieces. Once countries open up again I would love to come and exhibit in the States and Japan. It’s always been a dream of mine to do so. Anyway the process as important as the result, isn’t it? I’m living here and now and I don’t like making plans. I love what I do and I do it with passion. I am open to new opportunities and I know that the future will be Magnifique. �