Born in 1989 in Paris, Andrea Mongenie ventured to London in 2007, to pursue studies in fine art, and textiles at the University of the Arts. Over the course of 15 years in London, Andrea's creative path flourished as she worked as an Art Director for brands and magazines. She now works from her studio in Montreuil, Paris, her dual british and french identity infusing her artwork with a unique perspective; vibrant colors and abstract forms are the hallmark of her paintings, conveying emotions and inviting viewers into warm and tranquil worlds.
How did you get into art?
My mother was a painter growing up so I use to paint with her a lot and go to her exhibitions as a little girl. I studied fine art in London, and then design and textiles. And I returned to a daily painting practice in 2018.
How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?
My style is abstract, the colour palette is usually colourful, mixes a lot of midtones. I go through a long process of colour mixing and superposing to get the final result. The forms are organic and round like a dance, like an embrace.
How do you go about developing your work?
I love to paint in nature, outside. I get a lot of inspiration from the light, the sounds, the colours that surround me. I paint preliminary studies on paper. I then move on to larger formats in the studio.
Who or what influences you?
I am a big fan of Lee Krasner, Sonia Delaunay, Joan Mitchell, Matisse, Monet. At the moment I am working on a collection inspired by the irish countryside where I travel to a lot.
What are you planning to do next?
I have a cool ceramic collab in the works. I have an exhibition in Paris at Galerie Larock Granoff, private view is on the 18th of October 2023. And I am teaching my first online painting workshop on the 30th of September.