Bigui has been an artist since 2000 and has lived for several years in Brazil. At the moment she lives and works as an artist in Germany. During her career Bigui has received invitations to both national and international exhibitions as well as art fairs and art events. Bigui was honoured to receive the Palm Art Award in 2017 and also in 2018. Objects of the nature fascinate her and she loves their intense colours. When it comes to the creation of her artworks she does not know how long she spends working on each piece of art. It is a creative process that is built up layer by layer until a certain polished finished comes to the work. For Bigui effect is not important in her work, for her the importance lies in the expression.
"So I said to myself – I´ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me but I´ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it.“ Georgia O´Keeffe 1939
"Blackberry", Bigui, Acrylic on Canvas, 50cm x 50cm, 2018
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
I was highly inspired by the time I lived in Brazil. I was captured by the vibrancy of it all. I loved and I am loving those intense colours and felt drawn to paint them.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I work passionately to exaggerate all the fine details and textures of natures beauty and to bring those elements to life on the canvas.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
Objects of nature fascinate me. To see an apple with his loving intense colours. The simple details of the daily life inspire me, the arrangement in a basket of fruit in the market, like a tomato, peppers, all coming together with their beautiful colours and forms.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
Yes my teacher Nanci Bastos in Brazil, other artists in Brazil like Adelio Sarro and my family, and acknowledgement I receive from my customers :)
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I am currently painting with original Brazilian colours and canvas. I love to use Brazilian canvases, acrylics and brushes, they are of a high quality and easy to work with when it comes to creating my finished works.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
Once I have decided on the object e.g. cherries, I then move to thinking about some compositions, trying to figure out what works best on the canvas. i generally sketch out various options before I transfer it on to my canvas. I create my artworks by painting layer by layer up to the certain moment - until a gloss appears. The quick moment is not important important its the expression.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
I am drawn by the Magic of Art: In my understanding art should transport happiness and sun into the hearts of the people.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?
I love to be in my studio in the morning. When everything is nice and quiet and the day starts and I am full of energy and ideas, from there is either a case of continuing what I was working on or the exploration of new ideas for future works.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
I general work on multiple pieces at the same time. Some fruits, some flowers, a colourful mix of everything.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
I tend to leave this judgment to my art friends.
Which of your artworks are you most proud off?
Lately my cherries, but I have some paintings from the few last years, that when I see them, I'm glad that I created them and satisfied with the finished product.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
Listen to your own heart.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
Oh yes the time to say, now it's done, that's very very difficult. Sometimes I have put aside an artwork feeling that it is finished and when I return to my archive and get it out, I start to change it again. Other times customers feedback confirms it for me and I tell myself 'Birgit, your artwork is ready' : )
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on new ideas based around banana plants and tropical flowers.
Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?
I tend to work alone a lot, but I like getting to know other artists through public engagements at exhibitions and interacting with them.
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
I have some plans lined up for exhibitions in the next year, and I am currently in the preparatory phase so it will be later in the year before I can confirm exact dates.