About Lilia Varetsa
Lilia Varetsa is a contemporary visual artist and photographer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Lilia was born in the Ukraine, where she studied at the highly regarded Academy of
Fine Art in Kharkiv. Before moving to Australia in 1996 Lilia was the beneficiary of many important national art prizes in her homeland. During her career, she has become known for her passionate love of fine art and a thorough knowledge of art history.
Lilia created a body of work that speaks about simultaneously present images of natural beauty and mystery and about our relationship with nature in our modern and quickly changing era. Through allegory and symbolism, she expresses this concern and at the same time reminds viewers of the wonders in this extraordinary world. Clean and meditative, Lilia’s artworks reveal a mind of extraordinary focus as well as a deep sense of captivating simplicity.
Today, she uses her expressive instincts and well-honed eye to capture the beauty of flowers with digital images that are so finely tuned that they often pass as painted illustrations.
With a never-ending source of creative inspiration, Lilia will continue to evolve as an artist discovering new techniques and exploring different ideas.
Her lively surrealist style is appealing to a broad range of collectors and her work is represented in both public and private collections in Australia, UK, Italy, France, and the
USA, including Fine Art Museum in Kyiv, The National Museum of History and Culture in Belarus, National Library of Belarus as well as the National Library of the USA in Washington.
Lilia Varetsa exhibits regularly in one-person and group exhibits around the country. Her images have been published as art prints, calendars, post stamp, children’s book illustrations, and greeting cards.
Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed. Inspiration can come from many sources –dreams, observing life, other painters or the esoteric creative seed randomly appearing at will.
I find inspiration in the natural world, literature and a broad range of visual art. Visual aesthetics are always a particular priority for me, and colours, shapes, and patterns hold an endless fascination. From the Old Masters of the Renaissance to the paper cut-outs by Matisse, I find the greatest inspiration in the art that celebrates life and is driven heavily by imagination.
Fairly often people ask me “where do your ideas come from” no doubt because so many of my paintings are largely imagined. The ideas come from many different things including the real
world, but wherever the ideas come from the images are intended to provoke other people’s imaginations and to transport them into a world that is uplifting and which they will want to revisit.
“Painting is the most beautiful of all the arts. In it, all sensations are condensed, at its aspect, everyone may create romance at the will of his imagination, and at a glance have his soul invaded by the most profound memories, no efforts of memory, everything summed up in one moment. Complete art which sums up all the others and completes them. Like music, it acts on the soul through the intermediary of the senses, the harmonious tones corresponding to the harmonies of sounds, but in painting, a unity is obtained which is not possible in music, where the accords follow one another, and the whereas the sight takes in everything and at the same time simplifies at its will.” – Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin
art available for sale
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Through a Gallery:
You can purchase artworks through Saatchi Gallery which holds an extensive range of our works, to purchase online, visit SAATCHI ART
You can purchase select artworks at our art studio directly from the artist. Please make an appointment to arrange a viewing.
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Scent of Magnolia
Painting: Oil, Acrylic on Canvas.
Kinross Art Centre
603 Toorak Rd
Toorak VIC 3142
Phone: +61 (03) 8589 9874
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