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Raffaella Freyre: Finding Oneself Within Emotional Paintings of a Mexican Artist

On Her Way To Art

As a young child, Raffaella Freyre discovered art in her father’s studio, whose political cartooning and sculptural art paved the way for her as an artist.  Standing by her father’s side with a tiny easel, her appreciation for painting grew, and by the age of 10, Freyre honed her skills at realist painter Demetrio LLorden’s atelier.  In search of proper artistic training, the journey took her from Mexico to the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, until she eventually began working for British artist Nick Devereux in Paris. She then completed the Artists Residency Program at Barcelona’s Academy of Art, where Raffaella now maintains a role as a part-time art lecturer.

"Handle With Care" by Raffaella Freyre, oil on linen

Freyre’s working experience in public relations and communications provided her with an adequate understanding of how exposure can work in favor for anyone, who has the perseverance to continue doing what they love – irrespective of the hardships that many artists experience in their careers.  It became rather obvious that the artist’s outlook on sustainability will allow her career to flourish naturally and without distress. Raffaella believes that when an artist commits to studio hours, they should find balance and stability – by allowing themselves to not be completely submerged by the venture that is meant to be a source of both income and expression.

"Reflection" by Raffaella Freyre, oil on linen

I strive to make every other area of my life as stable as possible so that my battles and struggles can lie with my art,” says Freyre, and it is this sort of clarity that allows her to understand her niche. Her connection with the artistic community provides the necessary kind of support in a cutthroat industry.

"Lost Battle" by Raffaella Freyre, oil on linen

Understanding The Process

The inspiration for Raffaella comes from within. When she has an idea, an emotion or a moment in her life, she researches the theme in works of other artists, deciphering what she likes and finds appealing, and whether her vision is unique enough. Sketching from imagination, taking pictures of models for reference, painting on canvas are all parts of a special process to bring an idea to life. As Raffaella says:

“The final work never ends up looking exactly like what I originally had in mind, it always keeps evolving. So many changes are made on every stage as I work on the painting.”

"Sunday" by Raffaella Freyre, oil on linen

Freyre considers her work to be autobiographical, she draws from her emotions and experience and pours them onto canvas. As it is common with such personal work, Raffaella refrains from explaining her reasoning behind a certain painting, instead –  she lets the viewer take whatever emotion it evokes. Her work exudes a fair amount of stillness and neutrality, which allows the observer to step in, and formulate their own feelings and connection to what they are experiencing.  

"Love Transformation" by Raffaella Freyre, oil on linen

Raffaella Freyre mostly draws inspiration from her emotions, but she does look to other contemporary artists like Nick Alm, Victor Wang and Matt Talbert for insight.  Her appreciation for classical painters, like Rembrandt, Sorolla, and Nicholai Fechin, is perhaps why her work is so demonstrative of solitude and the intricacies of human expressions – a sheer, vivid honesty that simply cannot be resisted or ignored.

All images copyright of Raffaella Freyre.

You can view more work by Raffaella on her Instagram and website.

Article written by Wynand Conrad

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