"I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else." - Pablo Picasso
Born 1956 in Eisenstadt, Austria, Sylvia Galos graduated High School in 1974 and went to to the College of Applied Arts, Vienna to graduate in 1978 from Master Class in Commercial Graphic Design. She then studied Advertising and Sales/Business at University, Vienna (1976–1978) to become an Academic advertising and marketing merchant. She worked as a freelance graphic designer and then went on to found an advertising agency where she worked as Art Director. Since 2009, Galos has worked as an independent artist and in 2014 she moved to Mallorca, Spain.
With numerous solo shows in Austria and Mallorca, as well as group shows and art fair participations in Vienna (A), Eisenstadt (A), Berlin(D), Trnava (SK), Budapest (HU), Madrid, Palma and Felanitx (E), Rome and Lucca (I), Athens and Chania (GR), Malta (M), Shanghai and Beijing (CN) she is an accomplished artist.
"After almost 35 years of working in the advertising industry as a graphic designer, lyricist and concept developer, I finally followed my inner voice and returned to fine arts. Painting for me means conflict with my inner self, with my feelings, doubts, desires and working with the complexity of my personality - in search of my identity and the unique and true painting.
Spontaneity switches with the painstaking search after the perfect stroke and color. From mind to guts and back. The process of painting - it is a dialogue between myself and the painting. Sometimes I receive direct answers to my questions while painting, sometimes the painting invites me to find answers myself.
I follow the impulse to have the initial concrete disappear to be non-recognisable allowing the viewer the possibility to search for his own associations. Bravely, I battle to follow my inner self which constantly pushes for new challenges and does not want to stick to just one style but only itself. I feel happy whenever my paintings become intermediary of what is kept unsaid and when paintings open doors to different worlds."
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