Meet Christiane Gozashti, an artist who's work not only caught our eye but blew us away! Her pieces are so different from anything we've seen, so deep and surreal, they really moved us. We were lucky enough to meet this talented Californian while she was living in Australia. Christiane was so bright and bubbly, it was so nice to meet such a beautiful person who just seemed high on life. After becoming friends on, good old Facebook, we were amazed at her paintings and just how talented she was. We knew we had to share her story.
Are you looking to make a career or lifestyle through art? If so, how are you going to achieve this?
I started my own business in Australia but because of visa issues had to come back to California. I also started going to art school while I was there via a distance program based out of San Fransisco. I'm so excited, I just finished my first semester. A feat, as I had to move across the world right in the middle of it! I am currently doing some art for a company called Toms Shoes. I get a LOT of people asking for artwork, the problem is everyone wants something but can't pay for it. Our economy is still in the ground and when there isn't expendable money, art isn't really being purchased. I'm excited at some potential opportunities that are arising for me but we shall see where they go. In terms of creating a career out of art, I'm going to try to get my masters and a teaching credential to teach on the collegiate level. That way I can take trade traveling around the world and make good money, or at least have summers off. Two weeks of vacation here in the states isn't enough for an adventurous one like me. You need to have shackles on me to get me to stay in one spot forever, which is why I want to live on a boat. These are just ideas in my head and future markers that I'm walking towards so I can progress. Life always has a way of changing your path. Just go with the flow.
Who is your favourite artist and why?
WOAH, thats a loaded question that is constantly changing. I have found that the further my artistic education progresses the more my taste in art changes. I think its because your looking from a more trained eye and you appreciate different things. I like a lot of art but if I were to buy a painting, I would usually buy something that I couldn't recreate myself. An example of this would be a painting in which the paint is left in a natural state and creates an organic composition that is impossible to copy. In terms of mainstream art, I like the more twisted, dream-like compositions... things that make you stare and go "huh?" I like to support a lot of local art as well.
What are some of your other inspirations such as music, traveling, surfing?
Well this is a loaded question as well. I am that person that gets a thousand ideas a day and materializes less than 1 percent of them haha. For me, I usually get visions. Something triggers my brain and I see my painting before I actually paint it. The magic is when I can remember it. I get inspired sometimes by a feeling or emotion. Then through that feeling I hone in on a visual representation of it. For example, right now when I think of frustration, I think of tearing and I'd probably paint some form tearing, something in distress or anger and then it evolves from there. Sometime being way different than my original idea. Usually my stuff is very strange and out there so I think in a Salvador Dali type of way. I appreciate his work a lot, even though I wouldn't hang one in my house. P.S. theres always a secret wave in my paintings haha.
Any exciting things happing in the Pipeline?
Exciting things in the pipeline? What does that mean? haha. Besides getting so pitted in the barrel that I don't even bother with sunscreen.... or shampoo for that matter because the spit cleans my hair... winning.... haha.
Seriously so amazed at your talents Christiane, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Be sure to check out more of Christianes work through the link below.