Five questions to Ina Cierniak

Five questions to Ina Cierniak

Ina Cierniak's creative journey began at an early age. She started spraying graffiti at the age of 14 and was one of the few female graffiti artists in Germany. After 15 successful years in the fashion industry, Ina is now following her biggest dream: art.Since when do you paint and what are your favorite motives?

Since I was a child I remember that painting was always with me. Something that I could rely on, that soothes me because I felt very at ease while letting pictures emerge. I prefer painting intuitively, follow my gut feeling and let my hands paint. Sometimes it is abstract, sometimes figurative abstract. Mostly colourful, bright and cheerful. Colourfields occure looking like cloud formations, flower petals or moving water. My motives are related with the beauty of nature.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first? 

In the beginning I have a vague idea of colour or shape, some image that pops up and I get a strong feeling to get it out onto the canvas. Usually those are soft shades of first watered down pastel layers which I pour over the raw canvas. Shapes and shades arise and give me ideas how to continue with the next layers.From what do you get your motivation? 

Everything, everywhere all the time inspires me. I just have to paint. It puts me at ease. It is a constant wish to create something.Your life without art would be...

…grey grey grey.

What's the best art venue in your city right now? 

Hamburg offers a lot of old and new places to go and see art. Actually right now I love “Trader Gallery” at Schanzenviertel. It is a new gallery in Bartelsstrasse that shows emerging artists every other month. This year in May I get the chance myself to show a new body of artworks there.Learn more about the artist: