Hi! My name is Ivana Bogdan.

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I graduated from UNCG with a BFA in painting and a BA in art history. I’m 22, I’m from Winston Salem, NC. 

Recently I feel myself evolving towards more of a architectural field. By working with space and people and history I feel like this is in line with what I’ve been thinking about in my artwork. And pursuing this career would be a way to affect and give back to my community in a more direct way. So that’s more of a short term dream, to go to architecture school within the next year or so. Long term, I just want to have a job I love in a place I love with people I love. But I’d settle for two out of three.

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My parents always encouraged me to do my best and to do what I loved, and I truly don’t believe I would be here at all if it weren’t for that encouragement. Especially from my mother. So I think my confidence to pursue art came from her. And my friends and teachers have always been so supportive and inspiring too. I just really wouldn't be here without other people. And even though in my work I’m always looking to artists for inspiration (like John Singer Sargent, Alberto Giacometti, Morandi and E.E.Cummings to name a few) At the end of the day it’s the people in my life and the people I love that give me the most inspiration.

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Receptive, imaginative, emotional and sort of restless.

 I find daily life to be the most inspiring. Life experiences and relationships as a whole. There are so many little things, in terms of content as well as form, about our human experiences and conditions that are so wonderful, poignant and complex that I pull from to make work. So I never get bored. And so this is the sort if thing I explore in my art. And that’s kind of a goal in my work, to reflect that awe of feeling everything all the time and being able to relate to other people emotionally. So if someone can have an emotional connection to my work or if it challenges their thoughts or emotions then that’s all I can really hope for.

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"I find daily life to be the most inspiring"

As far as my morning goes, step one is barely making it out of bed. Then doing my best to pour coffee in a mug and not on my counter. Making food, taking a shower, probably changing my clothes once or twice and then trying not to get too carried away with doing my makeup. Then probably walking out forgetting something I need and walking pretty fast because I’m most likely running late to wherever I’m going.

I do my best to keep a religious skincare routine with cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer, exfoliator, night cream and the like. And I love makeup actually, even if I don’t wear it every day. My ride or dies are concealer, eyebrow gel/pencil, eyeliner and mascara. Also eyeshadow, blush, highlighter and basically all the things. I love trying new products when I get the chance and I’m trying to convert to more organic and cruelty free brands.

I love really desaturated colors and simple patterns. Because they’re not so straightforward or “straight from the tube”. They’re complicated and poetic, difficult to name and difficult to make, so I feel like colors like that speak to emotions more than really bright colors. So I think that’s why I like them so much. But I guess my favorite color is pastel purple/grey, because it’s subtly feminine, tranquil and melancholy which is how I feel a lot.

My favorite musical artist is James Blake, if I had to pick one. And so I like that sort of sad type of music sometimes, but I love really upbeat and ridiculous music too. So it’s hard to me to pin down exactly one style that I like. Overall, my lifestyle is  one that combine elements of tradition and modernity, but nothing too trendy or too old. So I don’t really know where that leaves me. Maybe a mix between IKEA and an overpriced antique store. 

I think being really driven is the most important quality for an artist. Talent means nothing if you don’t work hard. And additionally you must never be complacent with your habits. Try and break them and never stop learning and challenging yourself. I feel like as soon as you get comfortable or feel like you know everything you’re not in a good place at all. So be humble and open. Work hard and listen.

“Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.” - Salvador Dali

5.5' x 3.5', oil on canvas, 2017