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Gjon Jon Kraja

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Gjon Jon Kraja

"I was born in a place where paintings weren’t defined by the canvas of the artist’s imagination but by the frame of socialist realism."

"An alarming artifice, which taught us that the beautiful is only that which is useful to society and inspiration should spring from the collective need. The secret, the mysterious, the subconscious, were all frightful heresies."


"I have never really felt part of a style or ideology, in canvas, in scenography, in graphic design or digital photography, but part of an autodidact study where in first place is the spirit I transmit and not the artistic trend.I create because I don’t know how to do anything else in this life. I create because my soul wishes to speak."


"To be born and to create in a country like mine is a terrible fate. Thus, creation keeps me connected with the journey that puts my imagination to work. I journey from life to death in a complete imaginary form looking at my surroundings as a fiction that inspires my artistic creation.In painting I am searching for the unconscious. Technically I search for this in my relationship with the canvas where I try to grab an experience, an emotion, a fragment frozen in time. I try to simplify the expression with the nerve that is born and dies during the interpretation. For this reason the brushes and colors make contact with the canvas only once."

"If you place the same fracture twice it looses its transparency, it becomes dirty, it’s no longer innocent and pure as is the emotion itself. My unconsciousness flows like a virgin over the idea of creation."


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