Gaia Alari, also known as Marie-Esther, is an entirely self-taught artist from Milan, Italy. Since 2009, she has dedicated her free time away from her medical studies and work to improve her skills in the field of traditional art, mostly using mixed media on paper. Inspired by many artists, the old Italian masters and most contemporary ones included, she has always strived to find a style and identifiability of her own.
Alari focuses on depicting ethereal and overlapping images, seeking to visually represent the intricacy of human nature, psyche, and emotions. Her works have been described as exquisitely surrealistic, oneiric, and most of all, touching and intense.
When your heart grows cold (April 23, 2014)
An icon of rationality the way I see it. Geometric, cold. The one we need when emotions and people hurt us. Reason can cure us as much as it can hold us back.
“Love is not a victory march” (May 16, 2014)
Dealing with the fear of abandonment and the sorrow that follows.
“In my mold” (June 6, 2014)
Dealing with acceptance, flaws, art as a therapy that reconciles the desire to communicate and that to flee.
“Slowly we unfurl” (May 23, 2014)
Inspired by the intricacy of Rorschach images.
“Loose ropes, still tied knots” (June 15, 2014)
Dealing with protection and also control/manipulation. And, of course, the desire to break free from restraints.