Meet Sydney artist Nina Nova, this sunny little creature has been living and working from her apartment turned studio overlooking Bondi Beach for 4 years now. During my stay in North Bondi, she was my neighbor and invited me to her place one morning where I got to pick her brain a bit!
C: Where did you grow up and what was it like?
NN: I grew up in a big house in the forest, close to Gothenburg in Sweden. We only had a few neighbors and not that many children around to play with, so in one way it was a bit lonely. But on the other hand the forest was full of magic and fairy-tales for my imagination, which was great.
C: What are some of the other places where you have lived before coming to Sydney?
NN: I lived in Florence Italy, before I moved to Sydney. I studied Fashion Design for 3 years and also Art in the house of the locally well known artist Alfio Rapisardi.
C: When did you decide to become an artist? Or have you always kind of known?
NN: I was always drawing and had a talent in art since I was a child, so I kind of always knew. But it was finally when I was living in Florence that I understood it was my main calling.
C: How important is art for you in your life?
NN: I paint at least a few times a week. Art is very important. I think if I wasn’t able to express and discharge my self like this I would be a completely different person, less calm, less happy, less strong and maybe more nervous. I think everyone that is able to express themselves creatively is lucky or blessed, since we manage to release so many tensions and emotions. It’s also a great passion. I’m planning to have art classes helping people to express themselves on an emotional and abstract level as I think it is something many people might need to be able to process stress and emotional blocks in the society we live in today. Most children paint, then at some point we stop. I think it’s good to go back to that point and learn to be free again.
C: I know that recently someone asked you to paint ‘hope’. How is that project coming along? Did you have something in mind before you started painting or did you sort of just ‘go for it’?
NN: I’m half way there [laughs], I have been preparing the base and need to get in the ‘right’ mood. I always sort of just ‘go for it’ while focusing on and living the emotion also with the help of music.
C: I have seen some of your older work as well as one of your most recent pieces showing an abstract interpretation of an elephant head, which I love. I feel I can really see a difference in style between your older and newer works. Do you think there has been some kind of turning point for you? Have you been trying to develop a different style?
NN: I never think when I paint. It’s just coming from my subconscious and also influenced by the surroundings and outer circumstances. Some people still think there is a common definition in style between the older artwork and the new. But I always say the art is beheld in the eyes of the viewer. Art is like a mirror.
A turning point I noticed myself was when I moved from Florence to Australia. In Florence my paintings had a much darker feel, and here they are more pastel like. That might be from the surroundings as well as my mood.
C: A word of advice for any other aspiring artists out there?
Be consistent. Follow your passion. If you never risk anything you will never win. Get your stuff out there on social media etc. and try to participate in as many art events as possible. Group shows are good to start with.
You can find out more about Nina and her work on her Instagram account and on her website: