“My intention to put order into chaos is why I became an artist. A chaos of my overwhelming need for expression of thoughts, emotions, essences, experiences, of my perception of life,” says abstract expressionist artist Maria Bacha.
Maria Bacha is an abstract expressionist artist from Greece. She has both a degree in psychology and a BA in Art and she worked as an art teacher in a Greek private elementary school for ten years. Maria’s work has been displayed in group and solo exhibitions in art galleries and prestigious art fairs in Greece, London, and Los Angeles. It’s also found in private collections worldwide and in the Greek public collection.
With a background in child psychology and psychotherapy, it was Maria’s strong inner desire to search for and discover things about the human soul and nature that led her to art. “Artistic expression is always a liberating experience for me and is moving along with my emotional and spiritual growth,” she says.
Journey to Becoming an Abstract Expressionist Artist
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The carefree psychology of children: a priceless treasure
Children’s spontaneity in their creative expression were real treasures for my creative maturation.
– Maria Bacha
Teaching art for ten years and closely observing children’s spontaneity in their creative expression had a deep impact on Maria’s subconscious spontaneous style. After she left her position as a teacher five years ago, she shifted her focus entirely to her art career and continued her journey of picking up stories and elements from the people around her.
“My college instructor Lou Efstathiou taught me how to look and appreciate nature and the world around us in its pure, original form,” Maria says. “My other mentor Michalis Veloudios had the tricks to make me discover my abstract art voice. Authors like Kafka, Herman Hesse, and rock music have set my sense of freedom, individuality, and self-perception on fire! New York School artists and Greek abstract expressionist artists have fed my art practice throughout the years. In the later years, my expression has been enriched by jazz music, zen, and spiritualism and challenged also by Minimalist movement.”
Aesthetic harmony of various natural elements
Maria is currently working on a collection called Quarantine Collection. It’s an ongoing exploration that started at the beginning of the pandemic and passed through several stages. Throughout the process, Maria lets her instinct and emotion flow freely among the two-dimensional canvas and the paint. Taking care of her awareness, she reflects the global and inner changes. As a result of this exploration, she feels closer to nature.
And the paintings that are born have dominant aesthetic elements. Bright light and colors. Interesting layers of smooth and rough textures. Elements of flow, rhythm, and movement. And then, all the artworks refer to a perception of that moment in time that extends emotionally and spiritually. From the fear of the unknown to new beginnings that uplift us as human beings. Consequently, forms, lines, textures, and colors appear in the latest artworks with their most harmonic connection to each other.
To see Maria’s latest artworks, visit Saatchi Art >
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