Aixa Oliveras is a contemporary symbolist painter who creates symbolic narratives based on her own life. Working within the realm of classical realism, Aixa’s work pairs the female figure with pattern and symbolic use of color. Through her oil paintings and charcoal drawings, Aixa creates metaphorical narratives of rebirth and identity. Her work explores what it means to let go of one previous identity in order to create a new one. Inspired by the Symbolist and Art Nouveau movements, as well as the warmth and color of her Caribbean birthplace, these influences intermingle in her work, thus creating her own pictorial language. Originally from Puerto Rico, Aixa is currently teaching and developing her studio practice in Laguna Beach, CA.
I paint in order to process the events of my life. My work is a mirror of my internal emotional state: a reflection of the interior workings of my mind. My primary subject matter is the female figure, paired with pattern and symbolic use of color. The rhythm of the figures in my compositions echoes the ebb and flow of life itself. As a contemporary symbolist, I take my own personal experiences and transmute them into a symbolic language. It is a language of archetypes that transforms the personal into the universal. Taken together, my paintings are a study of what it means to let go of one previous identity in order to create a new one. It is my own personal narrative of what it means to be reborn. With each piece I create, I strive to give the viewer an emotionally resonant visual experience – something akin to that moment of “flow” that I experience when I create. Ultimately, my goal and philosophy as an artist is to explore the rich landscape of what it means to be human.