Anna Ravliuc is a rising UK painter with international exposure. Ravliuc works exclusively with oil paints which she feels have a unique ability to simulate volumetric texture through brushstrokes and glazing, thus increasing their optical properties. Her artwork strives to reveal how society spreads beyond its own subjective horizons and often reveals a story about the outcomes of global cultural interaction on individuals. We sat down with Anna Bloomfield-Ravliuc to talk about her current projects, inspirations, and the start of her artistic career.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
When I was a child, I would use flower petals to draw on the walls of my grandparents’ white house. Drawing horses, flowers, birds, and people I was like any naive child. Later, at the age of 5, I participated in a children drawing contest and I won first prize. It’s been my calling ever since. I think it is my mission and destiny to be a painter.
Can you talk about your artistic influences and other artists you are most inspired by?
I attended a classic Russian school, where we were taught to study masterpieces of old masters, but not to be attached to them. I like the classics and I admire pre-Raphaelites. I am fascinated by the abstract and I bow my head in front of the Renaissance masterpieces. I visited many museums and exhibitions, I studied many techniques, but I think that of all the painters who influenced me, I can certainly say Georgia O’Keeffe and Kandinsky had the greatest impact.
Do you prefer to work alone or collaborate?
I like working in joint open air art projects, international projects, and art camps. Teamwork is beneficial and enriches the end result. While working in a creative team, you can share your experiences, learn something from others, and exchange opinions and skills. These are temporary aspects, my main work is in the studio where I can detach myself from reality and be completely dedicated to painting. Inspiration loves loneliness.
So overall, I prefer to work alone. I have a special relationship with the canvas. The color palette is still separated in a rainbow like dance. It’s a kind of dialogue between me and the unborn painting, I listen to its story and put it on the canvas.
Can you tell us about a project you are currently working on?
I work on several projects at the same time, this keeps me focused and helps me see the project through the prism of several aspects. Figurative themes give me strength and movement, landscapes give me peace and color. Fashion design, which I still do as a hobby, leads me to the elegance of the lines and the fabrics help me feel the material. We also recently moved into a new house and renovation has become another fascinating and challenging project, it is full of new discoveries and accomplishments. I also have a garden full of flowers, where I want to create my own design.
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I’m certain, no matter how or where I would be that I would be an artist. Everything I do and everything I see, I look at with a creative eye. I think this is my inner being that cannot be changed.
Have you found any other artists on SINGULART whose work you admire?
This is a tricky question because on SINGULART there are many artists with unique talents. When I open the gallery website, I can spend hours looking at the exhibited paintings. Artists from different countries, with different themes, and techniques are displayed. I admire everyone, who has their own personality and style. It is difficult to say the name of an artist, as there are many artists in the gallery worthy of admiration and works I personally like.
Each piece of art has its own charm and they are full of life. I can definitely say whatever work you like take it home and enjoy it. Every artist on SINGULART deserves to be admired.
What advice could you give to young artists who are just starting out?
Learn, seek, be original. Don’t be afraid to be misunderstood. Art requires a lot of attention and sacrifice, but it also offers you great moments to create something new. Be free and honest, first of all with yourself, with the canvas or medium, as well as with admirers. Enjoy life and share the joy of your soul with every canvas, with every movement of the brush, every thought, and every creation of yours. Don’t give up, go ahead and believe in yourself.