Welcome to the studio of Kate Frizalis, a Tel Aviv based artist whose abstract works in various support.
She was born in 1986 in Moscow and began her career as a street art artist.
She graduated from the All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov at 2004-2010. She studied at the Department of Art and Animation.
Kate works in various media such as painting on canvas, sketches and graphics on paper, street art, muralism, digital and video art.
She constantly participates in a variety of art projects, exhibitions of underground and independent art, collaborations with various design projects.
Her works are in private collections in the USA, Germany, France, Russia, Israel and other countries.
Stickerz - Tel Aviv, Israel
ArtSample - Booroom Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Abstraction, movement, path. Any definition makes the process hide-bound, flat and primitive. In order to preserve the essence, freedom is necessary, and freedom is impossible within the framework of any concepts and definitions. Freedom is an emptiness in which there are all options for development at once. This thought inspires me. The speed of our time, its variability, diversity inspires me. I feel comfortable in this information flow. Impermanence, imperfection, spontaneity, absurdity, play. Scraps of phrases or travel signs, the contrast between colour and texture, the connection between form and rhythm, the bark of a tree in a park, graffiti on the streets of a megalopolis, human relations, languages - all this is an abstract, subtle mix that inspires me 24/7. Creativity for me is the study of life, interaction with myself and the world.
Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…
A. I’m Kate Frizalis, I’m an artist. I work in various media such as painting on canvas, sketches and graphics on paper, street art, muralism, digital and video art. I was born in a family of artists. I remember myself from three years old and my toys have always been paints, markers, colored pencils and paper. When I was a teenager, we lived in a small industrial city near Moscow. There were no museums or galleries in it, the only art around was graffiti on fences and abandoned factories. At home, there were many books about classical art and I studied at Art School, but I was always more inspired by street culture. I graduated from the All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov at 2004-2010I studied at the Department of Art and Animation and have a master degree. I managed to try and take part in very different areas of art: graffiti, creation of animated films, set design, fashion design, video art, photography, illustration, classical painting. Intuitively trying different visual languages and materials, I came to what I am doing now.
Q. Describe your work in three words…
A. Freedom, Color, Textures
Q. When do you make your best work?
A. I make my best work when I trust my inner child.
Q. What influences do traditional cultures have on your work?
A. I can find inspiration everywhere and in traditional cultures as well. I live near Flea Market and I often go there to find some unique traditional art pieces like sculptures or ceramics. I like to bring something from my travels, I have a small collection of unique traditional wooden masks from different places. Also my parents are artists who work with history, they develop historical reconstructions of old traditional costumes, jewelry, embroidery, weapons etc., so I grown up in the deep respect and interest for all traditional cultures.
Q. Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?
A. It depends on the mood. Sometimes I need some energetic, rhythmic and loud music, it can be an audiobook or YouTube, but sometimes I like just silence or sounds of the city/birds/wind while creating. My previous studio was very close to a big construction and I worked there almost 2 years, since that I appreciate silence a lot :) Also I like to choose some special music track which suits the mood of the current artwork and listen it on repeat while creating.
Q. Artist whose career you covet?
A. I used to think about career of other artists, but I stopped to do it, because I think it’s not a good idea to compare yourself to others. I also think that it’s not a healthy habit to have a “role models” whose career you covet. I can be inspired by other artists, by their art path, but not their career. For example- I love Basquiat art, but I would like to see him today as a living & creating artist instead of a thousand zeros under his paintings at auctions. I don’t like the phrase “art career “, I prefer “art life”.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. I am proud that I have enough power to find beauty and to learn when I have a difficult periods of my life. For example I spent one month in my bed because of the terrible back pain, I could barely move, but I hadn’t stop creating. I drew a whole sketchbook and painted two canvases during these period. And yes, I made these lying in bed among my pencils and paints. But I always know that I wouldn’t do a half of what I did if it weren’t for the faith in me by my loved one, so I proud of him the most.
Q. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
A. Happy & healthy & inspired (I hope :) )
Q. If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?
A. It is so hard to choose! I would go on a trip around the world!
Q. If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?
A. I don’t know what to say- I hate to make such a choices, it’s so hard! So I say I will have a coconut smoothie with my best friend- she is a great artist, we live in a different countries and I haven’t see her for a year!
Q. What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?
A. Braveness, courage, freedom, joy, spontaneity. It’s about to be free of all these meanings, to stop overthinking and start to play. Playfulness. Surprise. Fun. Attention to small moments. Cultivating an imagination. Maybe my art can help to remind people that we all can find inspiration in everything: in the way a passer-by sneezed in the street or in the smell of welding ... I want to convey to my audience this playful way of seeing things which can help to become discoverer again as we all were in childhood.
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