Olia Ristic paints natural forms, leaves and flowers, nature and its healing power; like Matisse who wrote once that he sought to create an art that would be a "soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides
relaxation from physical fatigue". Her paintings are dynamic composition and powerful expression of vibrant colours and brightnes which reflects her internal joy and happiness of life.
The Mediterranean spirit is rather rare in contemporary Serbian art. Yet it has a loyal advocate in the painter Olia Ristic. Picasso, Matisse, Capri, indigo, blue, richly saturated colours and light, all come through in abundance in the painter’s Searching for Light cycle. Olia Ristic’s epiphany – the discovery of colour and light as the basis of her painting – resonates with Picasso’s Mediterranean motifs: his Mediterranean landscapes, interiors, open windows, fragrant gardens and agave flowers. Her own paintings from the sunny and hot Italian south are sheer poetry. Moved by the rich emotion sparked by the landscape, her paintings are a reflection of a deep artistic sensitivity that can effortlessly uncover the beauty of the location; Olja Ristic recognised the visual and colouristic splendour that only an artist’s eye can identify. A painter from a landlocked region, she has in one moment on Capri captured the essence of the Mediterranean and transferred it onto the canvas.
And oh, the paintings!
The "indigo paintings" by Olia Ristic: cactuses bathed in light, Mediterranean flowers, Iris germanica, Lilium bulbiferum, their colours so saturated and vibrant, jostle for space in the dazzling Mediterranean light, on the background of the dominant indigo and blue. Many arsts have experienced their creative epiphany after visiting Paris. To Olia Ristic, this happened on Capri and Santorini. The paintings are so vivid and immediate that a glance at them brings the Mediterranean in. The same Mediterranean that was first discovered by French Modern artists, from Picasso to Matisse. They were all masters of colour, just as Olia Ristic is, who continues their Mediterranean poetics as if no time between them has passed at all. It is hard to detect the generational distance, the time gap between the canvases of the great French painters and those of Olia Ristic. If one were to exhibit their works together, they would stand as a visual intertext, "the same but slightly diferent" visual expression, so that their canvases, painted from diferent personal stances, would yet constitute a common feld: the feld of Mediterranean painting. These are the very paintings that Olia Ristc generously and strongly presents at this exhibition of the cycle Searching for Light - Mihajlo Kandic, art historian
Olia Ristic (1971, Serbia) is an artist living and working in Serbia. She studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Prishtine where she graduated in 1995, and obtained her MA degree in 2001. Since 2002, Olia has been a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia (ULUS), and her work has been the subject of 12 solo exhibitions.
Her paintings are in notable private collections in France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Canada, Morocco, Tunisia, Portugal, Greece and Serbia.
MA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Prishtine, Kosovo
2010. Tivat, Montenegro, Buća Art Gallery.
2010. Niš, Serbia, NKC Art Gallery.
2008. Paraćin, Serbia, KC Art Gallery.
2007. Kragujevac, Serbia, Mostovi Balkana Art Gallery.
2006. Sombor, Serbia, "Laza Kostić" Art Gallery.
2006. Winipeg - Manitoba, Canada, Ken Segal Gallery.
2005. Apatin, Serbia, Meander Art Gallery.
2004. Bečići, Montenegro, Splendid Hotel Art Gallery.
2003. Belgrade, Serbia, SULUJ Gallery.
2000. Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Sue Ryder Gallery.
2000. Kragujevac, Serbia, Minor Art Salon Gallery, National Museum of Kragujevac.