Katia Kimieck was recently featured on Art Sumo - with all three of her paintings selling within moments of posting to the site. Katia is an extraordinary artist from Brazil who wakes up every morning eager to reveal what a blank canvas can hold.
Katia graduated from the Faculty of Arts at ParanŠ with a degree in Fine Arts and a specialization in Graphic Expression. She is a member of the Professional Association of Visual Artists of ParanŠ, and is also a private art teacher. Katiaís style of painting is very distinctive, and during her interview with Art Sumo, she shared how this style came to be, and even sent us some photos of her latest work!
Art Sumo's interview with Katia:
Why are you an artist?
Katia: I always liked art - drawing, painting, and using colored pencils. When I turned 8, I was in the mood to paint but I had no design in mind, so I decided to copy one of Sarah Kayís, and thatís how I first drew and painted hair. Later, when I was 14, I decided to pursue fashion design. What I liked most was creating the model's hair, but through this I also learned body proportions. When I studied at the Faculty of Arts, I learned to draw human figures, and other techniques that awakened my skills, in order to help create and develop my style.
What inspires you?
Katia: Women and hair. When I was a young child, I used to draw and paint adolescence, and as I grew into my later teens, my theme became women.
Who are your favorite artists? Why?
Katia: Itís hard to pick just one, because I like a lot, but an artist who has really inspired me is Juarez Machado, a Brazilian who lives in Paris. I love his drawings, his paintings, and the colors he uses.
How did you first learn to paint?
Katia: In college, I learned the art of working with various types of paint: acrylic, gouache, and watercolor, but I did not like any of them. Then, I was invited to teach private lessons in oil painting, and I accepted the offer without knowing anything about the technique. I brought a bit of various colored paint and started to paint my own designs. I began to like it, and my love of oil painting has never seemed to end. I still learn the technique as I paint.
What are some of the challenges of being as artist?
Katia: Gaining exposure and sponsorship are some of the challenges, but the greatest challenge of all is being, and remaining, an artist because we have to be strong to face the difficulties ahead, and not give up on our dream.
How do you find customers for your work?
Katia: I publish my work on the internet and display my work in exhibitions. I read an article on the website globo.com, and ended up contacting them and selling some paintings. I was really happy.
Please complete this sentence. I would be happy for the rest of my life if...
Katia: Iím already happy, being able to paint every day and being able to devote myself to my painting and my own designs. I am able to paint whatever I want without censorship.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Katia: Waking up in the morning and having a canvas to paint, I love it!
Katia also shared with Art Sumo some of her most recent work, featured below: