Oana Diana Gavrila, a London-based artist, discovered painting in her mid-30’s and, without any formal training, managed to find her own inimitable style by creating unique figurative art.
It all started a couple of years ago when after a struggle with depression, she picked up the pencil and paintbrush at the recommendation of her doctor and started sketching family and friends.
Like any emerging artist, she lacked confidence in her talent despite getting amazing feedback on her works and it was only after her first exhibition that she had the courage to call herself an artist.
“The past few months have been incredible as I found my own style and I created a lot of beautiful unique artworks that have been really appreciated and my sales and commissions have increased as well.”
By creating art, Oana has reconnected with a long-lost feeling of happiness, calm, joy but also her childhood. She reminisces: “When I started drawing, I immediately recognized that incredible feeling and suddenly felt like I was a little girl again, back in my old room!”
Born and raised in a small town in the south of Romania, she studied foreign languages and found herself always choosing jobs that had a strong element of customer service.
“I always loved working with people, to connect with them, and listen to their stories. Working as a flight attendant gave me the opportunity to meet so many different and wonderful people. Therefore, I think it’s no coincidence that I love drawing people because I just love human beings!”
Oana is predominately a figurative and portrait artist who incorporates strong graphic elements in her work. Her expressive mixed media works combine acrylics, ink, paint markers, and paper all applied in an equally diverse manner using brushes, fingers, paint rollers, and paper to create expressive and striking imagery.
Her unique style can be recognized from the combination of natural flowing lines with harsh diagonals, clean crisp areas of colour with layered messy paint, and cut out paper. The finished works are a mix of a modern and almost futuristic look, whilst still managing to retain a raw traditional aesthetic. She is influenced and inspired by diverse sources including; fashion, pop art, street art, cubism, art nouveau, modernism, and constructivism all pulled together to create stylized works.
“Art enables me to lose myself and find myself at the same time. Being a self-taught artist can be challenging, but at the same time very rewarding and I love every step of this new journey. Art can save anyone, and it definitely saved me! “