Albion Vu is born and raised in Eastern European country Kosova. He moved to the States in 2016 specifically in NYC where he currently splits his life between there and Martha’s Vineyard. He graduated for Architecture and Design back in Europe but kept working in fashion and painting through his entire artist career. Today his work is owned by private art collectors, located in beautiful mansions, and represented collectively by art galleries.Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?
I never choose art. Art choose me. Let’s start that way. Everything I was doing, the way I was thinking, acting was connected through art. Everything I would see right after I would try to re-create, put it on a piece of paper and elaborate. And so, it kept going. I was discovered from my art teacher which gave me a boost to continue. After I went to university to study for architecture and design which literally shaped me to the artist I am today. I was introduced to strong references that are influence on my work.
When you create a new work, how do you go about it? What comes first?
I have connection with quiet places. If I am around a place that feels peaceful to me eventually, I will start painting there. Calmness brings the best out of me, rather than my paintings can be loud and expressive. My paintings go through a lot. From start to finish. They experience changes in color, shape, depth, and texture. The more I put to it the more ART I create. I don’t function great to make “quick art”.
The moment you may think it’s done the entire painting goes through power wash. It excites me to create those delicate layers little by little.
It may take months to years for me to finish. Depending how do I feel about the piece. I have few pieces that I started few years ago and they are not even close to finishing. I let it be. I let it sit on its own beginnings until timing comes to continue working on it.What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it influence the way you work?
I paint everywhere. I do not want to connect with one place. Outdoors and my bedroom is my favorite place to paint. No wonder why majority of my artwork is on the size of queen size mattrass. I lay down a blank canvas on top of the bed and do me. It comes very natural such as now I don’t want to paint elsewhere. I appreciate great lightning and hanging the pieces outdoors and see what kind of energy it gives back to me.Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you?
I love Japanese art. I appreciate the esthetic overall. I never look for names of the artists because the connection happens immediately with the piece because artists change but the work sits the same.
Reach to the stars: where will you be in 5 years?
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