Ellie Perla is of German and Romanian descent, and considers herself a cross-cultured world citizen infatuated with foreign lands. Both Ellieâ€™s mother and grandmother painted; her grandmother gave her the first set of oil paints at the age of seven. About her art schooling, she said: â€˜My teachers were museums and library books. I drew a lot, stared at lights and shadows for hours, copied oil paintings, and I sold the copies to buy more paint. There is not much left to show from these early years, but for the love of art that stayed with me always.â€™
In regards to her artistic motives, Ellie explains: â€˜Our subconscious has all the necessary elements that make us creative; each uncertainty has already been answered in the recesses of our brain. I donâ€™t feel the necessity of analyzing, constructing and deconstructing what I do since it is already there, stashed away like family heirlooms in an old storage space. I just hold the door open. My art is me, a simple thought. Me, as I navigate through life from pain to peace; from black to color.â€™
Regarding the purpose of her art, Ellie adds: â€˜As a society we are all responsible for the outcome of each individual's life. As a female artist, I feel responsible to share something positive. It is no different from being a parent.â€™
Ellieâ€™s drawings and paintings are colorful and intricate windows into her imagination, a place where east meets west, where feelings are alive and have shapes, hues and textures. A place of ultimate pleasure: the pleasure of art.
Ellie Perla is also a professional photographer, and has created over the years a large portfolio of travel and fine-art photography, including infrared and 3-D photography. She lives in Miami, USA; near Barcelona, Spain, and in Seoul, South Korea. She is the publisher/editor of TAKE-KR MAGAZINE, a monthly travel digital photo-magazine on South Korea; of the yearly TAKE-KR SOUTH KOREA TRAVEL ALMANAC; and writes and illustrates children books. She speaks English, German, Spanish, French, Romanian and a touch of Korean.
Ellie Perla joined Fine Art America on May 7th, 2012.