«Being Maria Callas» by Martina Rall

«Being Maria Callas»

«Being Maria Callas» by Martina Rall

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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas and Wood.
Size: 39.4 H x 39.4 W x 0.8 in
Acrylic colors & pastels on canvas print Hand signed by the Artist In 2009, Martina Rall started her mixed media series “Being Marilyn Monroe. Icon-Portraits” figuring her-self as an inspiring modern day icon such as Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, Maria Callas, Romy Schneider, Michael Jackson and Grace Kelly. These self-portraits are reflecting and expressing both: her admiration for and her identification with the icons. "Maria Callas lived exclusively for the opera, until she met Aristotel Onassis. From that moment on, Maria the singer became Maria the woman. Her love was true, absolute and passionate, like her performance in art". Born in Germany, Martina Rall studied Italian and German literature as well as linguistics at the Universities of Tübingen/Germany and Parma/Italy, and later on Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts in Nürtingen. She worked first as graphic designer until the mid-90' before she devoted herself to her artistic career. As a multi-faceted artist, she uses different techniques and materials in her artworks: graphics, paintings, photographs and writings. From Pop Art to Cindy Sherman photography or Russian cinematography, the inspiration behind her work combines an interesting blend of artistic expressions. Her mixed media series “Being Marilyn Monroe. Icon Portraits” are influenced by the work of surrealist female artists like Frida Kahlo and Niki de St. Phalle as well as by Italian author Luigi Pirandello's post-modernist approach on identity theory. A series of coincidences brought Martina Rall to explore and re-think the inherent nature of her work and provides a practical meaning to the American poet William Carlos Williams' quote:' «The artist is always and forever painting only one thing: a self-portrait». Her passion for portraying creative working people leads to a second series: 'Artists in Action' portraying European artists from various fields: musicians, authors and actors at work. This series focuses on the magic moment in which art and the artist merge into one, but also explore the creative process and the fascination of art.
Keywords: purple, text, woman, self-portrait, pastel colors, Maria callas, unique copy, music, notes, opera, orange