Italian artist Marta Bonaventura has made herself known by exhibiting her works in galleries across the globe with great success. Her paintings are innovative, aimed mainly at a dynamic and modern audience. In 2009 Marta left Italy and lived in Australia for a while. While there, she captured moments of everyday life and selected works were exhibited in Australia. Marta believes that art is a unique universal language with no boundaries. She perceives that knowing how to communicate is not based solely on words and she tries to transfer her emotions through the language of art.
1. How did you get to where you are now as an artist?
When you introduce yourself to someone and you say you are an artist..they look at you like you are an extraterrestrial! You need to be focused on what you want to do and you need to believe in yourself a lot. What helped me the most to be the artist I am now? For sure, my travels and my joy of life helped me to follow my dreams, to follow my (he)art!
2. What is your typical day like?
I live in Tuscany, up to the hill surrounded by trees and animals. The fireplace is always burning in winter time. The best time for me to paint is in the morning, when silence is around. After lunch, I pick up my little boy (he is two years old) at the kindergarten and we play together outside, surrounded by nature and our dogs. Then we wait for my husband to come home after work and we cook dinner together. We all love cooking together! Then we go to sleep pretty early...where my mind starts to create a new artwork for the next morning.
3. Who or what inspires you?
Andy Warhol inspires me a lot. Museums, colours, music and travels too.
4. You moved from Italy and lived in Australia for a while. Why Australia?
Why Australia? Because it is the most distant country from Italy and I didn't know anyone there or anyone who had been there before...I really wanted to go in a brand new place, with no comparisons..I wanted to make my own independent travel experience.
5. What is the art scene in Australia like compared to the art scene in Italy?
Australia is an easy country and the people there are ready to listen and receive people from other countries. They are always interested in learning about new ideas and new cultures. So it was easier to introduce my art in Australia, compared to Italy, which has a strong culture and a strong art scene.
6. What's the most interesting piece that someone has commissioned from you?
I have loved most of my artworks made by commission. I don't have any favourites. When someone asks me to create an artwork about a movie, or a rock band, or about a famous person I am always happy!
7. What's been the highlight of your career as an artist so far?
For sure when I had my solo exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.
8. Do you think it is necessary to have a formal education in order to be an artist?
No, I don't think so. You need to have a good imagination and good ideas..that's for sure!
9. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists or creatives?
I always recommend believing in yourself and doing what makes you feel happy and keeps you smiling. That's the key!
10. What's next for you?
I have lot of things on now and in my mind as well. I will for sure be in Milan during one of the major art fairs, then Colorado Springs (USA) will soon host some of my printed artworks, after that I'll be part of one of the New York Art Week Projects and in March you'll see my artwork in Venice in one of the most beautiful palaces it has. So check my website to be always stay updated on my events!