"My Painting – My Perfume: My painting is an emotional load that pours over the canvas, it’s a shiver frozen in time. My painting never ends as long as I’m alive. It is my life filled with meaning and misunderstanding, it is my unconscious that astonishes me with its instinct..."
Born 1970 in Tirana, Albania to a family of creators, Jon Kraja was raised during the period of communist dictatorship in Albania. His work is characterized by an original style, result of a self-taught research, going beyond the limits of conformism. He creates powerful and astonishing art in painting, graphics, installation, sculpture and stage design. He is concerned with the subconscious, which leads him to the universe, to the attractiveness of lifeless objects, to the exploration of the human being, to the combination of life and death, shadows, and lights that enlighten unexplored spaces of creation. What strikes in Kraja's work is the effort to penetrate into the spirit of things and not the effort to create art that belongs to a certain trend. Jon Kraja currently works on painting, graphic art, digital art, sculpture, installation at his private studio in Tirana.
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