Artist: Alicja Pochodzilo
History as an artist
Alicja Pochodzilo is a self taught fine art painter born in Krakow, Poland. She was raised by deeply artistic parents who started teaching her sketching when she was six years old. Growing up she spent her summers in different parts of Europe studying amongst cultivating variety of fellow artists. Alicja’s inspirations emerged with enchanting scenery and architecture. Alicja’s current and newest collection features the collaboration of the three dimensional sculpting with oil paint finish. Alicja lives and works in New York, surrounded by diverse textual wonder. Alicja was always moved by architectural wonder and uses for stone that have been re-imagined for centuries. Even now, architectural stonework provides an impression of solidity, and care in craft. Texture was always a fundamental element of art that appealed to the artist sense of touch and imagination. The medium of the paintings gives an impression of a rough stone that sends a more literal message to the viewer. Carefully crafted crackle of the three dimensional sculpture on the canvas takes an artist weeks to achieve. Alicja’s focus on portraits emerged early during her studies, spending much of her life interacting face-to-face with other people, she was fascinated how much one can communicate with others without speaking. Simple changes in our expression can signal happiness, fear, or surprise. Our face can reveal a lot about ourselves whether intentionally or unintentionally, and can even be used to deceive, becoming an ideal subject matter for the artist. The artist created highly personal paintings with dreamlike imagery ripe for looking past the obvious, close observation and engagement with the subject. The drama unfolds while the build-up of tension is frozen to become the memory of an event. Theme of the paintings depict a sudden familiarity within inexplicable circumstances and strident tensions. Capturing beauty in mundane objects & places while using sculpture as a medium to show artists soul. Alicja developed imaginative figural compositions whose eclectic characters remain enigmatic, going beyond the framework of routine and breaking from everyday life.