• 23 Oct 2018

Discover the Artist who lies beneath the mysterious Girl with black hair. Ramona Russu invites us to dive in her story:

Artist Ramona Russu's Girl with black hair series

The Girl with black hair 2, from the series the Girl with black hair / Botticelli 2nd Edition, 47in x 35in, 2018 © Ramona Russu

Her path

At an early age, the Artist’s path was self-evident. I particularly liked to draw and I never stopped. When I was 7 my father signed me up to painting classes, certain about my passion for drawing. As a result, I majored in Art in high school which included painting, sculpture, drawing and graphic Arts classes. My drawing passion for the female as a character led me to obtain a Master degree in Fashion design that I got through an Erasmus scholarship at Brussels’ Royal Academy of Art. I started working in the fashion industry but I quickly came back to my first passions: drawing, graphic design, painting. However, my experiences in the fashion industry, especially when it was related to illustration, significantly influenced my current Artwork.

Her artistic statement

My never-ending inspiration and my main theme still remain the woman as a figure, especially the contemporary one with her passions, travels, states of mind, culture, history. I am interested in everything that shapes her character. This is how the character of the Girl with black hair became my main creative pretext. In my technique, I use elements that are essentially different and from opposite eras. Ink drawing with digital collage, digital work with manually added painting. The past and the present are also intertwined because the being of today is shaped by his/her past. I consider my work as a journal of emotions, life experiences and desires. I do not intend on generating a specific emotion but rather a connection so that the viewer can identity to my Artworks. Nowadays, society can easily makes us forget who we are deep inside. I would like that when somebody looks at my Artworks, he/she remembers who he/she was before the world told him/her who he/she should be.

Artist Ramona Russu's Girl with black hair

The Girl with black hair, from the series the Girl with black hair / Botticelli 2nd Edition, 47in x 35in, 2018 © Ramona Russu

Her evolution

My character evolved ; my creations are refined. After several experiments with different techniques I have finally found the one that best represents me and what I would like to focus on. As a result, I currently work on a series inspired by travels. Later on, I intend on making my technique evolve on the same track by trying to understand deeply the character of the Girl with black hair.

Her exhibitions

I have mainly been exhibiting in concept stores and leisure spaces because I have always been making sure that my Art follows the viewer in his/her daily life. I travel a lot and therefore do have friends all over the world. I am deeply touched when a friend in Brussels or London randomly finds himself/herself in a place where I exhibit. Often, I receive a picture with my Artworks on the wall. Up until today, it remains one of my greatest gratifications because through my Art, I can be anywhere. During the month of December 2018, I exhibit at Decorativa which is an auteur deco concept store located in Melbourne, Florida.

Illustrator Ramona Russu's Girl with black hair series

The Girl with black hair 3, from the series the Girl with black hair / Botticelli 2nd Edition, 47in x 35in, 2018 © Ramona Russu

Her relation to Art-Trope

The Fine Arts market remains very exclusive and difficult to approach without support. It is not too different from the fashion industry. I think the Artist’s main issue is time. Often, we have a job on the side on top of having to deal with our shipments, sales, our Artwork’s marketing and so on. Nowadays, Artists have to be good at everything. Despite all these factors, one also has to find the time to look for inspiration and improve one’s artistic practice. It is far from easy and Art-Trope acts like a guardian angel who facilitates our work and make the Artist’s life easier to live.

See Ramona Russu’s Art-Trope Artist profile here.

Read our article about the 2018 edition of the FIAC here.