I was born 11th of July 1985 in Maribor, Slovenia (Ex-Yugoslavia) to Slovenian mother and Italian father as the youngest from three daughters. As a family we lived in Slovenska Bistrica to my fourteenth year, and then my parents divorced. I went to live with my father in Maribor, where I attended High School “Prva Gimnazija Maribor.”
In 2003/04 I lived in Barcelona where I was involved with exhibitions, events, concerts and performances in the socio-cultural centre that encouraged free expression of the young and rebellious.
From 2004 until 2009 I lived in Italy and studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Venice where I finished then my second degree diploma Master of Fine Arts in 2011.
I have now lived in Berlin (Germany) since 2009 when was born my daughter Teodora Vio and where I continue to create paintings and collages, sculptures and installations, performances, happenings and movies. As well as I am getting involved with art events and talks about art.
My work is inspired by life. Of course the artists often make the problems of their time and their space within it and the society the subject of their work. They question, cajole, discover and provoke. You can find all this within my works, formed through my experiences and the need to create. I believe that the artist is a slave to the need to create and the only freedom is the act of creation itself. Art is sacred but the world is no longer thus. It is full of arguments, paradoxes, destructions, hurry and tears. The artist´s role here is torn between the sacredness of mischievous poetry and the impatience of everyday life that constantly brings new situations and with them ideas and inspirations. As an artist, I am recounting the tale of my life, writing the poem of my discovery and painting my emotions, constantly filing time and space with unstoppable ideas. Somehow I believe artists have no deadlines and no break. They know culture and rules of beauty, but always hiding something revolutionary within them. Art should be a mirror and should give an option of perception to reach the truth about life, however it is colored, personally or politically, whether it speaks about emotions of an individual or about the society we live in.
All my art pieces are arranged in series which have same thematic, same object of research or simply they belong to the same period of creativity.
Since I started creating art, the main theme of my art research is the society we live in and an individual person as a part of this society, this living organism in constant movement and evolution. The symbol I’ve always used for describing the society are bricks.
In 2014 I chose to continue my art research with a new series, called Portraits of Situations, where artworks are named by numbers and all of them are recognizable through this motif of bricks as a representative symbol of my brand. There are different themes and topics in these artworks, of course, but they all have this same constant symbol of bricks. The first series that contained bricks actually started back in 2012 with the title About the Bricks, but at the time it was not planned or chosen as a main symbol of my brand, it was spontaneous inspiration and action, as usual with my art. Now, however, I deliberately choose this idea of bricks for presenting and explaining my brand conceptually with stronger and clearer recognition.
Bricks are like particles, together creating something bigger. As in life, moments create time, experiences compose life stories, and individuals make society… For example, in music we have melody which is composed of musical notes; and this concept of melody as a symbol of life, for example, I used in 2007 with the series Melody of Life.
Since the beginning of my art research, my main story is a life story, story about an individual living in this society. Microcosm and Macrocosm. Diary of a person and at the same time a diary of the time in which this person is living. It is a mirror, a story, a construction, an interpretation, an interaction, an intellectual exercise… It is a composition which is always in movement, made of philosophy, poetry and experience seeking for an evolution, for a better life. I believe we learn to live throughout our lives; learning to live better and to understand better what our lives are all about. And this is my work, where my artworks are actually the results of my studies about life.
I find bricks as a symbol very interesting because of the ambiguity in the possibilities of interpretations that bricks can give us as a wall or as a construction. As a wall it could be seen also as an obstacle, like a barrier or sign of limit or separation in life. In this case we might see it as negative, but alternatively it can be seen as a construction and therefore more positive and creative. However, in case of representing the society, we people are all these bricks and together we create a wall or a construction. In this case we could ask ourselves how good and strong we are as bricks? In the case where these bricks represent a life of an individual person, they become moments in life of this person. And going back to the ambiguity of wall or a construction: in difficult times the together of bricks could be interpreted as a wall we have to climb, and in good times these bricks are a construction which we are creating through our experience of moments for our evolution.
To date I have exhibited my artworks in various solo and group shows in Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Argentina, USA and South Korea.
I am recently working on the series Portraits of Situations and continuing with short movies from series Playing, which speaks about life as the game we have to play every day.
The message here would be the question how good and strong bricks are we as individuals in the society we live in? I guess the most important issue here is the goodness and wisdom of human being as an individual person and with this the usefulness we bring as individuals in the society we live in. The richness here would be in understanding the life we live and our importance as good human beings in this game, which we play every day.
Game About Pakistani Politics by Nashra
The game is Paltering Politicians. Role play as one of Pakistan’s paltering politicians and face several moral dilemmas along the way. Are you going to take the typical route and be one of the many political puppets or are you going to defend yourself and be the hero that the country needs?
Along the way, you can choose to rig the elections, but beware, the lie detector may catch you and give you a nasty shock.
The game ends when one player proves himself to be either the saviour of Pakistan or the reason for its demise.
“Paltering Politicians is a game based on outrageous incidents in Pakistani politics.Our politicians do so many unbelievable things that make the news, however, every time something new happens, the old stories are forgotten. I created this game to eternalize all these incidents, so people can constantly be reminded of their actions.” said Nashra, while talking to Times of Youth.
Paltering Politicians is designed by Nashra Balagamwala
Nashra – A Pakistani experiential designer who is currently based in New York. She studied game design at Rhode Island School of Design. Nashra has also worked with companies such as Hasbro the company that developed games such as Monopoly and Jenga. Describing herself as a lighthearted person her goal in life is to always try to make everything humorous.
She left her homeland and moved to the US 5 years ago. Her goal is to have a chance to pursue her dream of being a designer, and through her work she wants to empower other women to stand up for their own rights.
Nashra’s work transforms controversial and sensitive topics into humorous games, designs and illustrations. Her love for colour and attention to detail is also prominent in most of her illustrations.
You can find more of Nashra’s work here: https://www.nashra.co
Vlado Vesselinov | Artwork
I’m just an artist who loves bright horizons and color spots. For his work draws inspiration from one of my very clean and highly energy period full of hope and color, and these are the fifties and sixties of the last century. I try to crashing this colorful touch in today’s gray and material life.
I currently finished the transformation of a bar in Sofia, Bulgaria – and now his breath before the next project. I could barely detect the silhouette of the next project in the distance, but to let him surprise. my message to today’s youth: “you must be the wind blowing the answer – not those who are waiting for answers blowing in the wind”
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Simone Conti | Artwork
I am a 22 year old guy and I’ve always lived in Padua, an Italian city near Venice. I never undertook art studies, I’ve studied in Scientific high school and after I had to choose who I wanted to be, so I tried the test of entry to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, after being admitted, I decided to take the road of design, without leaving my passion for drawing that I had since I was a child. In June 2014, however, I could not wait any longer and decided to paint and since then I have not stopped. In my work, I try to improve the quality of life around me, making the other person happier with my paintings. In fact, before I finish the paintings I ask the subject to finish the work with one final brush stroke made by her/him. In my work I use mainly primary colors, for everyone, because we are all equal, then I wonder what color is the soul of who I paint, and there the people are extremely precise (for example, they not just say green, but say green forest, green leaf etc.), so in the final brush stroke they use them, because if the portrait is beautiful, its thankfully due to the subject, to the person him/herself. In fact, if the people wouldn’t exist all this beauty wouldn’t be around us.