Art, // February 12, 2023

Eloah Mestieri — ARTIST

Eloah Mestieri

Interview with the artist Eloah Mestieri —

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Eloah Mestieri, from São Paulo, psychoanalyst. I studied law at FMU, but I didn’t practice law, because I set up a lingerie company, which I ran for 22 years. In addition to being the owner, I worked as a stylist and I was able to exercise my creativity as a developer of all the collections and all the prints, later also designing prints for weaving in other countries. In childhood I was a student of the artist Innocencio Borghese, I took free art courses at FAAP-Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo/SP and at the Panamericana School of Art also in São Paulo, the last one, last year, with the artist Elias Muradi.


2. Why art?
Art is in everything that is done with passion. I particularly feel an internal compulsion to create, to express the unspeakable, which can only be conveyed not by words, but by a free construction of shapes and colors.

3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
At the age of 5, watching my sister, who was 15 years older, taking classes with the Borghese master, (oil on canvas) and me sitting beside me with my small canvas, following everything very carefully and doing my first rehearsals.


4. What are your favorite themes? What materials do you use in your works?
My favorite themes today are the “solid abstract”, as I define my work, or the “informal figurative”, as it was baptized by a great art collector. I already had some experience with watercolors, I liked it a lot, but my current work is mainly focused on the technique of oil on canvas.



5. How do you work and approach the theme of your works?
The beginning is always an idea that appears in my imagination. The second step is to take the imagery to the studio and start sketching the theme. The sequence appears in front of the screen slowly and precisely. Each element giving rise to the next in a cadence, analyzed and rigorously conceived with a focus on composition.



6. Does any artist inspire you?
In reality, despite admiring many artists, my inspiration does not come from any of them. What moves me in my work is creation. Paul Cézanne’s works enchant me, but I could name others as well, such as the futurist Giacomo Balla, and the modernist Georgia O’Keeffe whose works are admirable.



7. What are the best responses you’ve had to your work?
When I painted watercolors, I had 40 jobs on the cover of magazines. More recently at “Expo Brasil Amazônia”, I received an honorable mention. Another very significant answer for me is the considerations about my work, by the collector Alayr Nardella, a profound connoisseur of art, former student and holder of the largest collection of works by Anita Malfatti.




8. What do you like most about your job?
I like the freedom to create, but within a strict requirement regarding the tuning of the composition of the elements and the precision of the tonalities to achieve a result of balance in the asymmetry.

9. Do you have any other activity besides being an artist?
Yes, I am a Clinical Psychoanalyst.

10.What are your main participations in exhibitions?
Galeria Odisseia, Circolo Italiano, Galeria EuEArte (Provence- individual), Gare Galeria Cultural and Raphael Art Gallery, this virtual group exhibition curated by Edmundo Cavalcanti.




11. What advice would you give to other artists or future artists?
Search a lot, but look for your art within yourself. Each artist has their own identity that only appears after much searching, many canvases and a lot of seriousness with their talent, always respecting their ability to dare, to do things differently.





12. Where do you see yourself in 05/10 years?
Painting… knowing that my art will follow its trajectory and that today I cannot predict.

13. Plans for the future.
“I prefer to wait for what the future holds.”



Eloah Mestieri

Edmundo Cavalcanti