Oana D Gavrila
Based in United Kingdom
Oana Diana Gavrila, a London-based artist, discovered painting in her late 30’s and, without any formal training, managed to find her own inimitable style by creating unique figurative art. It all started a couple of years ago, when after a struggle with depression, she picked up the pencil and painting brush at the recommendation of her doctor and started sketching family and friends. Oana is predominately an abstract figurative artist who incorporates strong graphic elements in her work. Her expressive mixed media works combine oil, acrylics, gold leaf, paint markers and paper all applied in an equally diverse manner using brushes, fingers, paint rollers and paper to create expressive and striking imagery. Her unique style can be recognised from the combination of natural flowing lines with harsh diagonals, clean crisp areas of colour with layered messy paint and cut out paper. The finished works are a mix of modern and almost futuristic look, whilst still managing to retain a raw traditional aesthetic. She is influenced and inspired by diverse sources including; Fashion, Pop Art, Street Art , Cubism, Art Nouveau, Modernism and Constructivism, all pulled together to create stylised works. “Art enables us find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." Thomas Merton Being a self-taught artist can be challenging, but at the same time very rewarding and I love every step of this new journey. Art can save anyone, and it definitely saved me!