FINE ARTIST : BASIA AROYO
Basia was born in Poland, where she earned her degree in fine arts. In 1980, she fled communism with her 6-year-old daughter, obtained refugee status in Austria, immigrated to New York, and lived in Chicago for several years before permanently settling in San Diego, California.
Basia’s early work reflects the dark and somber life of an immigrant trying to survive in an unknown and cold environment. Her recent work is vibrant and dreamy, reflecting the breathtaking beaches and sunsets of her home in Oceanside.
A deep longing for my homeland and a love for California flows onto my canvases. Using oils and soft pastels, I capture emotion, energy, light, and moments in time spent in unity with nature. I am also influenced by diverse cultures and landscapes from my travels to Spain, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and the Bahamas. Cloud-filled skies, blue and silver snow, striking sunsets and oceans, opposing fiery coppers and calming blues strike a visual rhythm.
I am continuously exploring new ways to express my artistic passion. My latest mediums include miniature oils on stone, crackle canvas technique, and my eco-friendly, handcrafted jewelry collection made out of 99.9% recycled fine silver.