Let’s dive into the world of Ana Elisa Egreja, where we can spend time with her animal friends in their fancy homes, her Pandas colour co-ordinate themselves on the bed while Pigs and Flamingos can be found cavorting in the salon. This Brazilian realist painter creates humorous scenes, with fantastic attention to detail, the contrasting patterns and composition form landscapes of eye candy that invite you to laugh and play. Egreja works in Sao Paulo where she paints her “interiors”. Have a look at her flickr.
Ana is Armenian but moved to the US when she was 16 years old. Reading her Bio one gets the sense that she had an angelic time in California where she plaid amongst tall grass and immersed herself in the natural world. You can see these early influences coming through in her artwork.
I love her work – style & message. I am especially enjoying the non-macabre pieces – refreshing in amongst so much of this darkness we see in contemporary illustration. Pieces like Willow, Critters and Fox. For me the underlying theme shows youth comfortably immersing themselves in nature/life whilst discovering life, death and themselves. Exploration of self and the world through the innocence of youth and the reality of life. In this way I think her illustrations could be very personal.
A note from the illustrator: “I don’t think style or concept can stand alone, one without the other. I like to use subtle humor, a dark twist, and a lot of detail in my artwork to pull the viewer in. ”
She entered Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration.