Our current show Form Figure Gesture opened a couple weeks ago and features work by Gail Ragains, Lisa Moore, Bonnie Goldberg and Daniela Schweitzer—who we are highlighting in this artist spotlight!
Daniela Schweitzer was born in the countryside of Argentina and currently resides in Santa Monica, CA where she paints both in her studio as well as en plain air along the coast. Having been featured in UK Vogue and with several solo exhibitions on the horizon, we are honored to represent her and her assortment of works that call in all sorts of color and subjectivity. LA based art critic, Peter Frank wrote just last year, that “she has developed a distinctive style that yet bespeaks its roots, and extends a painterly tradition that in this day and age would hardly seem extendable. More importantly, she makes art not to admire its philosophical intricacy, but to share that intricacy with her viewers.” For full written critique, please click here!
Read on to get to know Daniela: her life, work and ideas + view all works by her available at our gallery—PLUS a sneak peek into her studio!
When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?
“My love for drawing and painting started at a very early age. When I was 6, I began my Classical Art Training in an Atelier setting, where I learned the foundations of classical drawing and painting techniques. For the next 12 years, I followed a yearly academic system of progression and certification in different mediums and techniques.”
Describe your aesthetic in three words: “Colorful, gestural, intuitive.”
Describe your artistic process and preparation—How do you start your creative process?
“My references are mostly photographs I take of family, friends, random people or live models. My desire is to reflect in my painting what I felt at the time I took a picture. The connection and emotion I felt toward the scene I picked to catch for my reference. The process of putting it onto the canvas is a little more complex because I do not copy the photo. I focus on what attracted me to paint that moment and for this I combine my feelings and a painting technique of simplification–almost like seeing less and deleting what is not as important to me. When I paint two people walking together and having a fascinating conversation between themselves, the other people around them, the cars, and buildings may not be painted at all. I may even change the setting as I paint. I use a lot of spontaneity and intuition. Deconstructing a realistic scene that was chosen because of the emotions and simple gestures, but also because of the light and shadow contrast, colors, and composition is my desire.”
Why portray the figure? What does it mean to you to depict the human form?
“People, human gestures, and the simple beauty of everyday events inspire me to paint. Slight movements of an otherwise ordinary person or people’s daily interactions and experiences that may go unnoticed to others, catch my eye. My current figurative abstractions don’t emphasize classical figure or portrait making, but rather reflect the appreciation for human existence and the internal feelings of the people around me. The gestural part of my art resides more in the core of emotions and feelings toward the subject.”
Favorite piece you’ve painted to date—why?
“Not sure I have one favorite, but I get very attached to those pieces that had a longer painting process, many coats of paint, and changes such us “Your Own Way” or “Life in Tents”.”
Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?
“People around me inspire me in all areas of my life!”
Biggest accomplishment to date (personally and/or professionally)?
“Personally, my family. My husband and daughter mean everything to me. Professionally, being able to practice my two careers in the US after I moved to Los Angeles from Argentina 24 years ago.”
Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?
“My house by the beach and my studio close by. I love the light and colors by the beaches in California!”
The painting she’s working on above—is here at our gallery!
A random fact about you:
“I am also an MD (Medical Geneticist) and I practice the two careers in a parallel manner.”
“I was born in Argentina.”
Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?
“Love tropical beaches with bright turquoise waters and sun! I also enjoy lush forests with natural plants scents and the sounds of birds! Even better, blue waters and tropical forests together!”
Favorite color/medium to work with?
“Blues and oranges! Love oils but also the easy control of acrylics.”
What are you currently reading?
“Señales que Precedertan al Fin del Mundoby Yuri Herrera (Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera).”
What are you currently listening to?
“Soft tango, Cuban music, Gypsy Kings, soft jazz, and classical… Depends on the day and mood.”
What would you be doing if you were not an artist?
“Very happy with the balance of my two careers but if I did not have either of them, possibly running a non-profit to help children around the world. Or probably would like to be traveling the world to meet people from everywhere.”
One thing you couldn’t live without?
“Coffee and oysters.”
Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?
“Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff from the 20th mid-century Bay area movement. Matisse! Love current living artists such us Jennifer Pochinski and the monumental concept of Mark Bradford!”
“Some fun public space where a wide audience could have access to see my work or some place in Argentina so my family and friends could visit!”
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
“I work purely intuitively, fast, with large brushes, and I love to explore new possibilities.”
“I want the audience to feel a specific emotion or emotions, not just because of the story I create, but for what happened during the painting process: simplicity in its message, beauty, energy, movement, layers of history, contrast, and sometimes paradox.”
Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:
“Be part of Art Biennals and Museum exhibitions. I also would like to expand gallery representation in cities throughout the US and around the world including South America and Europe.”
We are so excited to have these works in our gallery this summer! They have us dreaming of our weekend beach getaways and chilling poolside with something cold to drink… Stay tuned for some Charlotte themed summer blog posts!
Also, to learn even more about Daniela and view more of her work, visit her website: https://www.danielaschweitzerfineart.com
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—Written by, Sophie Lane at ANFA Gallery