“Painting is a vocation for me,” says Lida Sherafatmand. “I believe the art which we produce becomes part of our physical, emotional and intellectual reality. This puts a huge responsibility on my shoulders when I’m creating, to make sure I give the best of me to my environment as I ‘immortalize’ a part of reality in the painting. I meditate, pray, and dance to get in touch with depths of beauty and strength in life.”
How did you get started?
The passion and joy of painting was in me since the age of 3 which is when I created my first colour pencil drawing.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
According to my own view it is a certain ‘florescence art- florescencism’, an artistic concept I have been developing and refining since the past few years.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
The more I hear violent news the more I paint gentle flowers.
Where was your first exhibition held?
In Malta during the Malta Art Biennale back in 1997.
How long have you been painting?
30 years painting, and 20 years exhibiting.
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
No favourite…love them all intimately.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Georgia O’Keeffe and Mahmoud Farshchian
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Being and living authentic to who we are, and living different life situations both positive ones and negative ones as equally valuable with gratitude for the expansion of the soul experience.
What are you working on at the moment?
The new piece I am working on is called “Waterfall of the Soul”.
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
Not a morning person.
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
One or two a week…rarely (almost never) daily.
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
No rules…depends how the week has been.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
Invest them as shares, and with what remains get weekly massages, and buy a bigger studio to paint more comfortably.
Favourite place to holiday?
No particular favourite place, would like to visit as many places as possible.
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