Larissa Abtova is an experienced artist based in the Netherlands whose work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Practicing art ever since she was a kid, Abtova creates impressionist style portraits and landscapes in acrylic and oil on canvas. She aims to incorporate one’s soul and emotions into each portrait through their eyes, placing them in a magical, romantic environment. We sat down with Larissa Abtova to talk about her current projects, inspiration, and the start of her artistic career.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I started drawing from the moment I could hold a pencil. So, as far as back I can remember, I have always wanted to be an artist. My first exposition was when I was 5. My dean at the art academy told my parents that I had a gift and was born for art and should never stop!
Can you talk about your artistic influences and other artists you are most inspired by?
There are many favorite artists which I admire and have been inspired by, it’s almost impossible to NOT mention some. From a classical portrait perspective I must absolutely mention Ilia Repin. From a more romantic impressionistic style I love the work of Konstantin Korovin. Edward Hopper and Jack Vettriano are artists that I discovered and who served my inspiration when I developed my style once I had relocated to the Netherlands. So, from an influence perspective classical art and impressionism are the styles from which my work developed over the years.
Do you prefer to work alone or collaborate with others?
I prefer to work alone. When I create I want to be in my own artistic world.
Can you tell us about a project you’re currently working on?
I am still working on my theme: From the World with Love. A number of group portraits of ordinary people with different cultural or geographic backgrounds. The inspiration for this theme came from my travelling to remote places but also where I have lived. New Zealand, South Africa and of course Russia!
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t an artist?
If I wasn’t an artist I probably would be an actress or a musician, singing or playing an instrument.
Are there other artists presented on SINGULART whose work you like?
I haven’t studied the other artists in depth but I have noted the works of Sergej Brovkin.
What advice would you give to young artists starting out ?
I would give them the following advice: paint everyday, keep learning and studying.