Today we are bringing you an interview with the artist Diana Malivani, who by her training and profession, is a Doctor of Medicine (M.D., Ph.D.), is represented by internationally reputable art galleries. Her works regularly appear in prestigious exhibitions and compete in art contests in several countries, are published in international art journals, offered for sale at leading online art marketplaces, listed by auction houses, and held in the collections of both national museums and private collectors throughout the world.
Please can you tell us how you came to be an artist. What was it like? How has it developed over time?
My creative path as an artist began at birth: I was born on the shores of the Black Sea, awash in the profusion of colors of the Caucasus. I remember that, since childhood, I was attracted to what was beautiful, and paintings evoked my particular interest. I loved to look, hour after hour, at pictures by the great Russian masters, peering intently at the smallest details of their work and dreaming of one day repeating those visions. Like any child who loves to draw, I always had brushes, paints, and pencils on hand. Gradually, the simple hobby of drawing turned into a kind of mania for painting: “no day without a brush”.
What are your thoughts and feelings when you are engaging in your creative practice?
Painting is my special world, bringing me joy, satisfaction, and happiness. For me it is important, above all, to live in harmony with myself, because a part of the artist’s soul remains in each painting created. Each work reflects the artist’s attitude to life, to nature, to everything in his or her surroundings.
It is precisely painting that helps me to find beauty in everyday life. A painter looks at the world with “fresh eyes,” like a child seeing something for the first time. This allows me to see what others do not notice, and to draw familiar objects in a special way. The artist can see, feel, and think in a special way, and the task of the artist is to bring a small part of his or her world to the viewer.
You were trained as a doctor – how do you combine making art and being a doctor?
I must admit that I still continue to perceive some things, including art, as a doctor. For me, painting is a special form of thinking that begets life. Painting is a living organism possessing energy and emotions. When creating a picture, a new story is created, to be read by the viewer (the viewer is a co-author), and each person will have his or her own story. A picture by the hand of an artist (not a printout on canvas, not the work of a computer) is not autonomous in itself. It all depends on who is looking at the picture, and the neurochemical processes occurring in the brain in the particular case (I say this as a physician). This is “first person experience”, or “it seems to me that …”. The evaluation of a picture occurs at the level of sensory perception; feelings that cannot be described in words arise somewhere deep in the subconscious. A person either perceives and accepts a work of art at some powerful level or rejects it, finds it alien; simply speaking, does not understand it.
One of your artworks ‘Les jardins de Giverny’ was the recipient of the Global Art Awards 2020 that was held as part of Shanghai International Art Fair 2020. Please tell us more about your creative practice and the landscapes that you create.
I was sincerely delighted to see my painting „Les jardins de Giverny“ awarded with the First Prize in the category „Painting – Realism“. By the way, this artwork is currently held in a private collection in Taiwan.
For me, landscapes, and particularly those filled with flowers (blooming fields and gardens, ponds with water lilies…) represent an inexhaustible source of inspiration. I think that a principal goal of artists depicting landscapes and flowers is to convey the music of nature, to convey the aroma of a painted flower, its unique «soul». I believe that landscapes created on canvas should awaken in the soul of the viewer the desire not only to participate in the subject of the painting but also to hear the «music of the landscape». Similarly, flowers «grown on canvas» should awaken in the human soul a sense of beauty, an awareness of the unity of all things hidden from us by time.
Also let me quote the distinguished British Art Critic, Timothy Warrington: «In regard to Malivani’s landscapes, an influence from Théodore Rousseau and the Nineteenth Century French Realists can be observed particularly in the coruscating array of colours utilised in the scintillating skies of the paintings. Gentle pinks, blues and oranges ebb over the canvas to convey the magnificent horizon in every season and time of day» (T. Warrington, «Diana Malivani. Critical Analysis», 2019). I must say that the French impressionist school, and especially the masterpieces of Claude Monet had a significant impact on my creative work. Still according to Timothy Warrington, my «aesthetic is clearly influenced by the Impressionists».
Please tell us about your most recent exhibitions.
First of all, 50 of my impressionistic artworks (landscapes, flowers and gardens, as well as figurative works) were specially selected to be exhibited in three National Art Museums in Russia (in the cities of Sochi, Belgorod, and Saransk), as part of my Solo Exhibition „La Joie de Vivre“ in 2020. Some of these paintings are currently held in the Russian State collection. The catalogue of the Exhibition may be seen here.
Also I’m very pleased to note that my art becomes, little by little, better known in Asia, after my artworks in impressionist style have been awarded at the International Artist Grand Prize competition in Taipei (Taiwan) and at the Global Art Awards in Shanghai (China) in 2020. My paintings on the themes of spring, koi fish ponds, blooming flowers and trees etc. are currently held in private collections in Singapore, in Taiwan, in Hong Kong (SAR China), and in Japan.
However, I’m not strictly an impressionist: at London Art Biennale 2019, the International Confederation of Art Critics awarded my abstract painting „Pearl Fisher“ and published a book on my artistic oeuvre under the name of «Diana Malivani. L’Art de Vivre».This work has found its new home in the corporate collection of a major consultancy firm in London.
You are represented by several international art galleries – please tell us more about this experience.
I’m represented by some internationally reputable art galleries, such as Singulart and Artsper in France, Zatista in the US, The Artling in Singapore etc. Also my artworks are offered for sale on Artprice, the leading international art marketplace and auction house in France.
Singulart is a highly internationalised gallery, that has sold my artworks to the art lovers in more than 10 countries all over the world. Artsper targets mostly the French art scene. My primary market remains the United Kingdom, and not only London, but also and in particular Bristol, Kent, as well as many smaller towns.
The most comprehensive portfolio of my artworks can be viewed on the website of Singulart (France). However, the best way to acquire my art (and to take advantage of special customer discounts) is to buy it directly from me, by contacting me either via Facebook, or Instagram or by visiting my website.
What are your plans for the future?
Time is valuable, art is eternal, and life is short (in Latin: “Ars est longa et brevis vita”). I often think about how many pictures could be painted, and try not to waste time. Therefore, what plans can there be for the future of a person who paints pictures every day? Certainly, to paint even more, creating new art projects, arranging a celebration both for myself and those who want to participate in it. Create, create, create…