Maria Bacha is a contemporary abstract artist currently living and working in Athens, Greece. Maria earned her BA in Studio Arts from the University of La Verne, California, she studied next to the Greek painter Michalis Veloudios, attended courses at RISD and MOMA and was the Head Art Teacher for ten years at the Hadzivei Elementary School. She illustrated books for the Greek public school and she created many set designs for children's theatrical plays. She is also a member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts. Maria now focuses exclusively on her art.
“I follow the potentials of the materials, in a free, gestural process, which reminds of free associations in psychotherapy and meditation. I see one point and the whole, almost at the same time, again and again. I release and I hold, add and erase, again and again. I let my instinct and emotion flow, observing carefully how the elements of art communicate with each other; I form a composition that satisfies my aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual pursuit.
I usually use acrylic combined with pigments. I work layer after layer, creating transparencies, revealing the best textures and design elements; I bring into being a unique and mysterious atmosphere, in a dynamic and passionate manner, full of energy, close to abstract expressionism, organic abstraction and sometimes minimalism.
Nature, light and color, especially blue, are my greatest inspirations. I always want to search more about the sea of my subconscious and to find better connections with the collective unconscious. During my working process I feel like a medium. I transmit my experiences, my sense of independence and my emotions and then I go back to my creation and observe. This is a liberating experience that helps me become more aware of my existence in this life." Maria Bacha