The young painter Iskra Shahaj, born in 1988 in Vlore (Albania), spent her childhood in this magical city.
Her attraction to art started growing up since she was a child, for she was constantly intoxicated by the beautiful colours of the Mediterranean Sea.
She attended art school in the city of Vlore (Vlora), having her inspiration guided by some famous contemporary artists such as Aaron Dine and Artan Shabani. In 2006 she moved to Italy, in Ferrara, where she obtained a degree in Cultural Heritage and Geological Sciences. For the young painter this was a period of such detachment from artistic creations that made it clear to her how much art and painting were essential in her life. The urge to express herself became extremely strong, so that she couldn’t live without expressing her art anymore. She clearly felt the need to leave her art free to expand, break free and get out.
Since Iskra interest is primarily focused on female subject, in her works we often find women – maximum expression of beauty – portrayed in scenes that vary from melancholic inner places, to empty and far-away-in-time beaches, to static bar counters. Her women, who are protagonists in the canvas, leave the viewer with a sense of lack, waiting for someone to fill it.
The artist does a deep research within female universe using the oil on canvas technique. However, through this classic painting method we can clearly see her efforts in customizing shapes, which, as a result, appear simplified and far from realistic representation.