Roya Nozadi’s work reflects her longstanding fascination with nature, contrasts, harmony, and the power of minimalist expression. Her preferred medium is acrylic because the purity and flatness of the colours serve her minimalist agenda. Though static, the bright colours and meticulously arranged geometric shapes in her paintings give the impression of motion, mimicking the natural rhythms of nature from where she draws inspiration. If her paintings were to metamorphose into language they would appear as Haiku; colours and shapes cut into each other to highlight juxtapositions, but ultimately find a precarious balance, as does nature in all its complexity. Even in the bleakest scenes in life, she likes to find fragments of beauty and harmony and hopes that people find their own experiences of harmony and meaning within her work.
1) Which art movement do you consider most influential on your practice?
I consider myself a minimalist, abstract expressionist with an interest in inner level of humankind.
2) Where do you go and when to make your best art?
Most of the time I am touched by People’s deep emotions or often get fascinated by all elements in the natural world, this includes everything related to nature for example, even the history of a rock and how it has interacted with its surroundings throughout time. I like to feel that moment and make it as my own experience too. The latter process happens in my studio.
3) How do you describe your 'creative process'?
My creative process sometimes starts with listening to tribal, traditional music of different countries or classical music and sometimes with literature or podcasts about nations habits and loves. This is vital to my inward journey.
4) Which artist, living or deceased, is the greatest inspiration to you?
Agnes Martin, an American abstract painter.
5) If you weren't an artist, what would you do?
I would have been a gypsy. Gypsies’ nomadic lifestyle fascinates me, living a community with no sense of belongingness to anywhere and only connecting through the shared experience. Sing and dance together, live and die together.
6) What do you listen to for inspiration?
Tribal, traditional music of different countries or classical music.
7) If you could own one artwork, and money was no object, which piece would you acquire?
Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), an 1892 oil on canvas by French artist Paul Gauguin.
8) If your dream museum or collection owner came calling, which would it be?
Somewhere like the Bauhaus School. I like Tate Modern or MoMA.
9) What is your key piece of advice for artists embarking on a fine art or creative degree today?
Discover the inner level of humankind, see the unseen and be genuine. Only then you can discover your authenticity.
10) What is your favorite book of all time (fiction or non fiction)?
Still after reading many books, my favorite book is the novella “The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) by French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This book draws the best abstract, minimal picture of love and how we have been distanced from real emotions in our life.
11) If you could hang or place your artwork in one non traditional art setting, where would that be?
It would be somewhere to comfort people. I have painted with deep passion and love; I believe they will find their place in your heart one way or another.
12) What was the biggest lesson your university course or time studying taught you?
I learned to live my dream life.
13) And finally, if we were to fast forward 10 years, where would we find you?
Living in as many countries as I can, grasping the diversity of the world and honoring their love and passion in my paintings.
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