Born and living in Madrid Ana Solanas first interest in art began at a very young age, and she has been painting ever since.
Solanas traveled the world living in different countries. Her work is influenced by the numerous cultures she has encountered.
Despite graduating in entrepreneurship and licensed in law for the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Spain, she has achieved her work with art studies starting up History of the Arts at the Louvre in Paris.
Tell us about your nominated artwork
I created this artwork based on my personal need to have moments of introspection into the 4 cardinal points of my soul. This painting reflects one of these moments of self-reflection. With each of my artworks I try to recreate or make a reflection of a key moment in my life and this is one of them. The painting could lead to confusion at first, making someone believe that there are 5 people in the painting. However, these 5 people represent the same person looking inside ones self for reflection.
How would you feel if you would win
I would feel very proud and thankful. I would be very happy as I would feel I can transmit feelings similar to those I feel before the work of other artists. For me it is not just a passion but a way of life and this makes me feel that I am not alone. For me it would be a professional milestone but I hope it is not the last. Step by step the road is paved. My utmost wish is to be promoted at the highest level.
It would be a great source of pride and satisfaction for me to achieve one of my goals that I have put so much effort in. Regarding being surrounded by the international press and elite of the art world, I think I would find it very comfortable since I have been exhibiting internationally for several years now.
When do you know your artwork is finished
I consider myself a sensitive and empathetic person. I always try to convey my feelings and my momentum in my works of art. I do not have two equal works of art since, as in life, they are in continuous evolution. I am very meticulous and for me every piece of work is not finished until it is perfect to my understanding. I have several artworks of many years without finishing yet.
Touch people with my work and be a source of inspiration for others. Selfishly speaking, I am also moved by the power of expressing myself freely. That is the real reason I started from the beginning.
Art expresses what the artist feels.
Lately I am entering a new stage where I find inspiration in artists that until now, I had not considered. Specifically in Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon. They are a clear example of my inspiration and of how my works of art are going to evolve from now on. Just as in life, my works go by stages.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time
I don’t know where life is going to take me. I hope I will find new sources of inspiration that will make me evolve and I hope to make the right decisions that make my works of art "great".
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