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AS IS | Maria Jose Benvenuto


From Santiago, Chile

Based in Sydney, Australia

"The natural world is a boundless source of inspiration for me. The breathtaking beauty of landscapes, the intricate patterns found in flora and fauna, and the play of light and shadow.."

A: Please, tell us more about yourself. What brought you into art?

M: Art has always been a fundamental part of my life, even from a young age. I have always had a deep appreciation for creativity and self-expression. Growing up, I found solace and joy in exploring various art forms and experimenting with different mediums. However, it was during my university years that I truly discovered the transformative power of art.

I was captivated by the ability of art to evoke emotions, challenge perspectives, and communicate ideas that words often fail to convey. The freedom and limitless possibilities of abstract art particularly intrigued me. It allowed me to break free from the constraints of representation and delve into the realm of pure expression.

A: What inspires you the most?

M: The natural world is a boundless source of inspiration for me. The breathtaking beauty of landscapes, the intricate patterns found in flora and fauna, and the play of light and shadow— all of these elements influence my creative process. Living in Manly, Northern Beaches, I am fortunate to be surrounded by stunning coastal scenery, vibrant sunsets, and the ever-changing colors and textures of the ocean. Nature's harmony, energy, and organic forms find their way into my artwork, reflecting my connection to the environment.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?

M: My rituals while working and creating art involve preparation and set-up, mindful centering, exploratory sketching, incorporating music as a companion, intuitive painting, and reflection and review. These practices help me establish a focused and creative mindset, allowing me to delve into the artistic process with intention and inspiration. By following these rituals, I create a conducive environment that nurtures my creativity and enables me to produce authentic and meaningful abstract artworks.

A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

M: For someone new to art, I would recommend starting with exploration and experimentation. Begin by immersing yourself in various art forms, styles, and mediums. Visit art galleries, museums, and online platforms to discover different artists and their works. Try your hand at different techniques and mediums through simple exercises or art classes. Allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and embrace the learning process. The key is to cultivate curiosity and passion for art while finding your own unique expression.

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?

M: Expressive, evocative, and transformative.

A: The best angle to look at art is from..?

M: Multiple Perspectives: the best angle to look at art is one that allows for personal connection and appreciation. Exploring different angles and finding your preferred viewing approach enhances understanding and enjoyment of the artwork.

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:.?

M: Art has the power to transcend boundaries and speak to the depths of our imagination

A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?

M: While it's not essential to have read specific books to talk about art, exploring literature on art can deepen your understanding and provide valuable insights.

A: What would it be if you could change one thing in the art world?

M: If I could change one thing in the art world, it would be to prioritize inclusivity and accessibility. This would involve promoting diverse voices, breaking down barriers, and addressing inequality within the art industry. Enhancing accessibility would also be essential, making art education and exhibition spaces more accessible for all individuals, including those with disabilities. By fostering inclusivity and improving accessibility, we can create a more vibrant and inclusive artistic landscape that celebrates diverse perspectives and allows everyone to engage with and contribute to the transformative power of art.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)

M: "Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose—and commit myself to — what is best for my heart."

Paulo Coelho

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