NY Elite: Tell us a little about yourself and your career beginnings.
Daria Grigoryeva: I’m totally woman, my art is very “private”, about every day life and objects that are around us. I like to make them “heroes” and I treat them with all respect.
Originally from Russia, last years I live in Geneva Switzerland. I was born in a town near Ural mountains (Orsk) then my family moved to Moscow, where I graduated from the Moscow State University as an art historian. All my life I was studing graphics and painting in different studios, last and the most important was studio of Andrey Volkov in Russia. I worked with collages and graphics. I also participated in different exhibitions in Moscow, Sergiev-Posad, Geneva, Montreux. My stile is very close to pop-artist’s style but I can not say that I really share their point of view on art as a “mass production”. Actually, I’m more inspired by French artists of the beginning of the 20 century, also by William Hogarth and other artists of 18 century and the esthetics of rococo and Enlightenment. Among the contemporary artists my favorite name is with no doubt David Hockney.
I can say that mostly my art is about simple pleasures and “private life” of every day objects.
I have been doing dance, theatre and psychology for many years. The body language is a part of my progress as an artist.
NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?
Daria Grigoryeva: Now I’m thinking about some new approaches which I’d love to discover. I returned to collages, also started to work more with canvas. In my upcoming plains now is to make a big graphic series about seafood (I like their shapes and colors) but also to work in a completely new way on the topic of vulnerability. I want to discover how I can express this theme in art, by photos, abstract graphics and painting, working not only with objects of everyday life, but also with emotions, body, introspection.
NY Elite: What art do you most identify with?
Daria Grigoryeva: Pop-art in style, sometimes surrealism in terms of meaning. My favorite artist is David Hockney.
NY Elite: What themes do you pursue?
Daria Grigoryeva: Everyday life objects, town (I adore town where I live, but also I respect and like a lot of other cities).
NY Elite: What’s your favorite art work?
Daria Grigoryeva: La chambre rouge (Harmonie rouge). Henry Matisse 1908. Red room of Henry Matisse.
NY Elite: Tells us about some of your recent exhibitions. What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Daria Grigoryeva: My recent personal exhibition took place in very nice gallery in Geneva, “Espace Regards croisés” in September-October.
NY Elite: Tell us about one of your projects which you are very proud of.
Daria Grigoryeva: For artist each project is like a child – important and emotionally charged. I always try to do my best. But I think that my “grand” projects will be in the future.
NY Elite: What does “being creative” mean to you?
Daria Grigoryeva: Being creative all the time. How to wake up and be creative. As an artist, I’m very sensible to all around me and sometimes I feel exhausted, but then I say to myself: create your life, as it is a masterpiece and immediately I feel energy and desire to create life and art.
NY Elite: What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
Daria Grigoryeva: I like to listen esoteric or psychological audiobooks while drawing.
NY Elite: What role does the Artist have in Society?
Daria Grigoryeva: To my point of view the role of the artist is not all the times evident, sometimes the influence is not obvious, but actually we can see a lot of examples (Pit Mondrian or Andy Warhol, for examples) when one artist or direction changed all what we see around us: all our manner to see the things, all the design, colors which we prefer etc.
NY Elite: What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?
Daria Grigoryeva: As usual, that’s not easy at all. But if you are an artist you can not escape being artist.
NY Elite: How has painting influenced your life?
Daria Grigoryeva: I remember very well my first book about art, that was album of graphic works of Aubrey Beardsley, so I can imagine that I’m quite crazy.
NY Elite: What kind of art is unappealing to you?
Daria Grigoryeva: Boring, politically engaged, too “classic” if we speak about contemporary art. I also don’t like when it’s too much appeals to dirt, excrements etc.
NY Elite: What art movement or artist would you say influences your work most?
Daria Grigoryeva: I almost wrote in biography, but I can add with great pleasure three names: Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya and Honoré Daumier. I’m fond of their graphic caricatures.
NY Elite: What can we expect from you in 2018?
Daria Grigoryeva: I hope to become bolder and also start to work with space, doing some installations. We’ll see.
NY Elite: Can you share with us three favorite things about your city/culture?
Daria Grigoryeva: I feel myself half Russian, half European. I’m very proud of Russian compositors, for example. Prokofiev, Dynaevski etc., of our great artists and writers. In Europe (Switzerland) I appreciate tranquility, nature, amazing ambience in general.