Aire’s work contains a plethora of curious imagery, from tarot archetypes to nature, so much so that it’s hard to believe all of her inspiration comes from everyday life, but spirituality is a big part of her understanding of the world.
Can you tell us something about your childhood? What did you remember in particular?
I grew up surrounded by nature. I lived in San José city, but my grandma lived in a little town, one hour from the city, surrounded by tropical mountains, so I was connected with this place.
I remember my childhood was really free. I used to spend a lot of time outdoors in the mountain, using flowers, rocks, trees, etc. as my toys. My grandma used to tell me a lot of simple and magic histories, about mysterious things that take place in these mountains that surrounded us.
How did you get into art?
I never had any connection to art in my childhood, nobody around me was a painter or an artist. I remember being organically attracted to this, maybe because the art world was something so new to me, that I feel so curious about it. At 12 years old I started taking oil painting classes with a local artist and I discovered my passion.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Some things help me create, such as tarot, nature, and dreams. But normally I find inspiration in the middle of the process, while I draw or paint something. I think inspiration is the result of a daily basis of work, not something that comes out of the blue, hard work, discipline, and persistence are key to finding it.
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What do you feel when you stand in front of a finished artwork?
I always feel gratitude when I finish a painting. I am grateful for being able to paint, and also because every time I finish a painting, I discover new things in my work, about myself.
Tender and dreamy. What do you associate with the 2 words?
Tender: A Hug. hands. Baby yellow. Pastel colours.The light of a sunset. Dreamy: A portal to something we don’t usually notice. Ocean waves.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m focusing on practicing my drawing skills. I always feel so rushed to take my acrylics and paint, the drawing part is something that I don’t pay a lot of attention to. So I’m drawing a lot these days. Also, I’m creating my own illustrated tarot deck.
Is there anyone you would like to greet?
Maria J Luque, she’s an Argentine artist. I admire her work, it’s inspiring to me. She has a very unique way of communicating things through her work. Also lately I discovered the work of Dora Dalila Cheffi, I’m amazed by her colour palettes and the stories of one and each of her paintings.
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