‘Influences’, the title of Monique Raniolo’s current solo exhibition sums up her years of travelling across the globe, from Djibouti to Colombia, Thailand, France, the Philippines and of course Malta, all of which resonate in her work. Her strong connection and family ties in Malta have finally spurred her to have her first exhibition here having previously exhibited in both Djibouti and Bogota, Colombia. Monique is very drawn to the simplicity of the Asian style of painting however her art evidently reflects a range of cultural styles and differences. Each painting is unique with numerous references to her travels, she captures the essence and understanding of her life experiences in those places, her inner most thoughts and feelings shared with the observer.
In a broad manner her style can be described as expressionistic as her art evokes emotion and mood and invites the viewer to look deeper and understand the thought processes that materialize in each painting. The technique she uses seem to metamorphose with each new image displaying an evolution and adaptability in her painting; such flexibility with her style allows her to identify with the various countries and cultures that are the embodiment of her work.
Every picture tells a story both personal to Monique and to her surroundings at the time of painting; the sense of being and heartfelt emotion through highs and lows that resonate through her paintings is extremely tantalizing and enlightening, her work undeniably provokes an inner understanding of who she is and where her passions lie. The gestures of movement through each picture encapsulate and carry the viewer on a journey, you travel with her through every brush stroke.
Monique mostly uses canvas and wood to paint on, both sizeable, yet the images remain personal and intimate, her colours are used appropriately to provide aesthetically pleasing and influential pieces of art. Mostly she works from memory, from images of the bustling cities amidst chaos and confusion, daily lives filled with colours both bold and beautiful, to the sombre and serene moments, a mental image is all that Monique needs to entice her to paint and thus proceeds to share it on canvas.
Monique at times uses minimalist representations of reality that give her paintings complexity and prove to be exceptionally effective in engaging the viewer. It is this clever use of manipulation of brush and paint that give her work that Joie De Vivre; the diversity of each of her individual works enables the viewer to connect with automatically with one or more of them.
Monique’s works are being exhibited at the Villa as of the 3rd May 2013 for 7 days. For further information or to contact Monique you can email her on email@example.com