Born in Bulgaria, Reneta Isin graduated from the National School of Applied Arts in 1981 and moved to Germany in 1989, where she has lived ever since. Her works can be found in private collections worldwide, especially in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, the USA and Italy. Isin works mainly with oil paint, and portraits are her preferred subject. However, her portfolio shows her wide range of beautiful figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes. SINGULART spoke with the artist about her creative influences and current projects.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Drawing has always given me freedom and positive emotions. I’ve been painting since I was a kid, so there was no exact moment when I figured out that I wanted to be an artist. However, I remember my elementary school teacher coming to my house one day and telling my parents that they should enroll me in an art school after all. I had managed to impress her with one of my children’s drawings. Then, at the age of 15, I started art school.
Would you tell us about your artistic influences, which artists have inspired you?
Characteristics for my pictures are the color palette, the contrast, and the light. The other interesting thing is that I never compose my paintings in advance. I want to feel as free as possible when I work. For this, I like to study the old masters of painting: I am often inspired by the great Rembrandt. The way it reflects the light is magical. His works leave me breathless – I can lose myself in his pictorial worlds for hours.
Do you prefer to work alone or in a collaboration?
Yes, I like to be alone at work, so I can devote myself fully to my work. Another important moment for any artist is to interact with the environment during the exhibitions of his works and observe the reaction of the public. I wouldn’t miss this exciting moment for the world! When artwork is appreciated, it is perhaps the greatest inspiration for any artist.
Would you tell us about your current project – what are you working on?
Currently I am working mainly on two of my collections “Forgotten World” and “Cityscapes“. However, I will still surprise my followers with a brand new project in the coming weeks: Follow my page on SINGULART to not miss anything.
What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t become an artist?
In fact, I’m having a bit of a hard time answering that question right now, because it’s hard for me to imagine not being an artist. In any case, it would be a profession in the artistic or cultural field.
Have you discovered other artists on SINGULART whose art you appreciate or even admire?
What advice would you give to young artists who are just starting out and trying to find their feet?
I would tell them: feel free and don’t always stick to the same style! If you look at Picasso’s works “Boy with a Pipe“ and “Dora Maar”, these very different works are nevertheless inseparably linked to the same artist. The journey of being an artist is long, fun and rewarding!