Artist Lioba Brückner’s pop surrealist oil paintings of young women are colorful, dreamy and romantic. Visit her website to see more of her art.
I see beauty in every woman. I always secretly glance at them when they look away in the supermarket, in the restaurant or when I see their silhouettes from behind. I can’t stop watching how they walk, how they smile, how their eyes are shaped and what form their lips have.
Women evoke emotions in me when they turn their head around or when I see the softness, the youth or the wrinkles of their skin because they are like living paintings to me. I often wait a tiny second too long to quit eye contact; trying to savor the last bits of looking into a beautiful face I just discovered.
I’m a painter, mostly oils but I also create mixed media pieces as well. I was born and live in Oberhausen, Germany, a rather small town in the large multicultural Ruhr Area. You can find everything you need here when you have a car and enough time. But I prefer to spend my days painting, drawing, taking care of my garden and living in the virtual world rather than distracting myself with the masses outside.
Although I studied at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, my technique is partly self-taught and partly learned from my partner who is a great artist himself. Although I was satisfied with my skills, after a couple of years I was never happy with the kind of art I created. I didn’t have the courage to truly paint what I really wanted and I was only associated with a few galleries. I looked for other outlets for my creativity instead. For seven years I programmed a game from scratch but never finished it.
This past year (2015) I discovered the pop surrealism movement and I finally found where I belong. I still can’t believe that I can paint these crazy, colorful, romantic and almost kitschy paintings of fantasy creatures, even fairies and angels, and that there are people out there who love them and support my art.
Everything began after I discovered Redd Walitzki on Behance who apparently paints subjects I never thought were possible to earn a living. We exchanged a couple of messages and I asked her about the art scene in the states. Soon after that she invited me to a show at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco!
That said… at this time I couldn’t believe that another artist would help me, a total stranger and a potential concurrent! At the Academy of Arts here in Dusseldorf, artists treat each other with mistrust and envy. When I got Walitzki’s email, I cried in front of my laptop.
From there on, I began to get active on social media such as Facebook and Instagram. I discovered that there are artists out there, a ton of incredibly talented and friendly ones that I wanted to be part of and wanted to have as friends! Fortunately, my efforts paid off and now I have lots of acquaintances and close friends (I met a lot of weirdos too), got a full schedule with plenty of exhibitions, upcoming gallery representation and I’m even a member of an incredible bunch of people, The Bad Apple Artist Collective! (I cried then too, when I got their invitation.)
My goal is to visit my friends in the United States and spend time with them. I wish teleportation would have been invented already.
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