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Lagerstroemia with plastic

Maite Bäckman
Valencia, Spain

About the Artist

Since I started my art studies, I've always been attracted to the representation of nature more than to the human figure. At first, I didn’t understand very well why. Later on, little by little, I have understood the origin of that need.

The protagonists of my paintings are usually plants or flowers that grow in places of passage, yards or streets, where nobody pays attention to them. They are taken for granted, adorn our environment but do not go beyond. Rescuing them from their anonymity gives them the importance that I think they should have. A simple flower is no less wonderful than …

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About the Artist

Since I started my art studies, I've always been attracted to the representation of nature more than to the human figure. At first, I didn’t understand very well why. Later on, little by little, I have understood the origin of that need.

The protagonists of my paintings are usually plants or flowers that grow in places of passage, yards or streets, where nobody pays attention to them. They are taken for granted, adorn our environment but do not go beyond. Rescuing them from their anonymity gives them the importance that I think they should have. A simple flower is no less wonderful than we are.

In my paintings, I place these plants in a humanized context, surrounded by fabrics or plastics. In this way, I speak of the submission of nature by the human being. In turn, the photographic quality of my painting speaks of technology; I am interested in the plant being seen through a lens. In spite of this submission, of its fatigue, colors shine and beauty is present. A powerful light – sunlight, which shines the same for all of us – traverses leaves and stems, revealing textures and nuances.

With respect to my pictorial technique, my great source of inspiration has always been Velázquez. While growing up in Madrid, I had the opportunity to visit the Prado Museum many times. I have always admired his ability to make the act of painting seem so simple and fluid, to put, with the minimum effort, the right brushstroke in the right place. That's what I aspire to every time I pick up a brush. I know I have a long way to go, but if I stopped learning, the act of painting would lose all its meaning.

Artist’s Work

Prickly pear 2
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Prickly Pear

By Maite Bäckman

Nandina with tray
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Nandina with tray

By Maite Bäckman

Blue cabbage
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Blue cabbage

By Maite Bäckman

Nerium oleander with pink ribbon
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Nerium Oleander with pink ribbon

By Maite Bäckman

Nandina with plastic
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Nandina with plastic

By Maite Bäckman

Helleborus with curtain
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Helleborus with curtain

By Maite Bäckman

White flowers with schinus molle
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White flowers with Schinus Molle

By Maite Bäckman

Nandina with plastic and tray
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Nandina with plastic and tray

By Maite Bäckman

Cornus florida with fabric
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Cornus florida with fabric

By Maite Bäckman

Hydrangea with embroidered fabric
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Hydrangea with embroidered fabric

By Maite Bäckman

Lagerstroemia with plastic
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Lagerstroemia with plastic

By Maite Bäckman

Crepe myrtle with canvas
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Crepe Myrtle with canvas

By Maite Bäckman

Nerium oleander with red fabric
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Nerium Oleander with red fabric

By Maite Bäckman

Self portrait 13
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Self portrait

By Maite Bäckman

Iridiscent leaves
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Iridiscent leaves

By Maite Bäckman

Crocus with fabric
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Crocus with fabric

By Maite Bäckman

Selected Exhibitions

Education

  • Universidad Complutense, Degree in Fine Arts
    Madrid,2006