Fishes and sea creatures

Koi fish. 50 x 50 cm. Oil on canvas

2015. Private Collection

The story behind the paintings: 

In 2004 I went to Madeira. I immediately felt in love with the island. It was full of greenery, parks and pound. A lot of those exuberant parks were of Japanese inspiration. There I saw massive goldfishes in pounds. Massive Goldfishes!!! I didn't know that such creatures existed. I was chocked and amazed. So, now that I was painting my series of fishes and sea creatures I decides painted them, the Koi. 

Natural World

The story behind the paintings: 

In 2012 I went to the Aquarium of Barcelona with my best friend and also an artist, Emma Sató, and her family. Her daughter was two years old by the time. She stared at the colourful fishes and other creatures with fascination. So, I was driven to observe the creatures with her eyes, as something new. I found them wonderful and really amazing. After one year I did some scuba diving, as I used to do in my university times. Then I saw again the Mediterranean fishes and I was finally driven to paint them, as I saw them in my mind, in their colourful surroundings, full of life and brightness. 

Elisenda Vila​

Koi fish. 80 x 60 cm. Oil on canvas

2015. 400 €

Koi fishes

I have aways loved the sea. I suppose that is because I was born by the Mediterranean Sea, and I cannot imagine a summer without the salty water surrounding me. Magic places such as Menorca, Peniscola and La Costa Brava are part of my DNA now. I love swimming and diving. As a child I used to be transformed into a Mermaid every time I was diving, my tail was purple, blue and pink.
When I was studying Archaeology I learned Scuba Diving. And I loved it, entering this other world. Around 71% of our planet is covered by water, but we still don't know much of its life and systems. So colourful some times, so scary and gigantic others. When I am dawn there, diving, I can completely relax, forget about my every day life. I am in harmony.

This harmony is what inspired this series of paintings. In them I use a combination of abstract and gesture approach with a detailed and ancient oil painting techniques. I hope you enjoy the result as much as I do.

Koi II. 75 x 60 cm. Oil on canvas

2015. 400 €