Florine Imo is an Austria based German painter currently studying in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Throughout her studies Florine developed a special technique, combining soft pastels, acrylic gel and oil colour on canvas. Before moving to Vienna Florine grew up around the Vienna Woods, where she developed her admiration for vegetation and nature. Alsongside vegetation, the four elements became a recurring component in Imo’s works. In addition she is influenced by travels, personal experiences, poetry, daily life and buddhistic believes, as for example the illusion of duality and the idea of the whole. In her paintings Florine reflects her own experiences of life, still connecting all of us together in it. Her latest series depicts the individual, but general human, struggle with it self. By creating multiple, ironically, dual self portraits the artist let’s the self interact and play out different personal scenarios that can be also yours. 

☆  about my work  

"In the beginning of my practice I thought I could only create impactful paintings through brutal or provocative images. Soon I found out that this was me working exactly against myself, so I decided to stop forcing a specific theme for my paintings and just see what comes out. I thought whatever I will paint I will make sure that it comes from myself and is filled with life, emotion and mood. It’s important how my figures and objects feel in my pieces, what they wear, how they stand or lay or interact. Each one of them is alive to me. I start with sketching the composition directly on to the canvas. I believe for this part it is crucial to be totally free. That’s also why I don’t make sketches any more, they don’t allow me to fly. Having an idea is good, but never force what you have in your mind on the canvas, just go with the flow and trust yourself. The painting tells you what it needs any ways. For inspiration I look inside myself, what is happening with- and around me. I can get an idea for a piece from a dream or a memory or a poem, but in the end these are just stimulants for my soul, which I later try to unfold on to the canvas."

 

 


 it’s like going on an expedition through a jungle

not even knowing

what exactly you are looking for

 

you might find something you’ve said goodbye to

a long time ago

something you know is there

but well hidden

from yourself, by yourself

 

it’s okay to find it

and it’s good to acknowledge it

 

but plant a seed in the bad

so you can grow beyond your limitations

 

hug yourself and say

“it’s okay

I take care of you now”

 

 

and as you do

you hug the whole world

because you understand

there is no

you and me

there is just us

 

but after a while

you come around the same corner

where you’ve started

and you realize

 

 

you’re caught in a loop


Education

 

Higher School Certificate, BORG of Music and Art, Hegelgasse 12, 1010  Vienna, Austria 

June 2014

 

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 

start of studies in the figuratve painting class in October 2016 

with Kirsi Mikkola

 

Exchange

Erasmus semester at the Icelandic University of the Arts, Reykjavík, Iceland 

Jan-Jun 2019

Exhibitions

 

2016     Rundgang, group show, Vienna 

2017     Tschau Ragazzi, Academy of fine Arts, Vienna

2017     JUNGE KUNST VOL.03  in Damani , Vienna

2017     group-exhibition in „Otto Bauer“, Vienna, 2017

2018    Young Vienna Surreal, Kolja Kramer Gallery - Art Area Brotfabrik, Vienna 

2018   Art for Peace in Semperdepot, 70 international Artists, curated by Kolja Kramer Gallery, Vienna

2019     open studio installation in the Icelandic University of the Arts, Reykjavík 

2019  Book presentation, “cold stones warm hearts” in Safnarhúsið - Culture House of Reykjavík 

2019     solo exhibition “cold stones warm hearts”, Damani, currated by JUNGE KUNST, Vienna 

2019     group-exhibition with “ vienna pop up gallery”, Vienna

 2020    the artist appointment, solo exhibition and artist interview with Mariella Pertschy, Süßwasser,  Vienna 

2020     group exhibition with "art attach" , Vienna

2020     "alone. not lonely", einflussraum, Vienna


 upcoming exhibitions and events 



 

 


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