Rebecka Marie Gustafsson
My Art Story:
I grew up in Japan by the foot of the volcano Mount Asama. I remember the magic mornings when the ash from Mt. Asama covered the world in grey. It was a an adventurous childhood. I have memories from journeys with our little Toyota Sunny on narrow roads in misty mountains. The silent beauty of the bamboo forest, beautiful Geishas in colorful kimonos, the big cities, always awake, the lovely shores and the wild sea. So many impressions and pictures in my mind of Japan. Every fourth year we traveled home to Scandinavia. I remember a really cold winter in North Norway. It was in the early 1980s and we saw the northern lights. The snow was so deep that my grandfather had to jump out of the window upstairs to shovel the snow away from the door so we could get out! Norway was my winter paradise and Sweden became my summer paradise. Green meadows and flowers everywhere, blue sky and small white clouds. I fell in love with the beautiful white birches. All three countries; Japan, Norway and Sweden, became my homelands.
I started working as an artist by the age of 11. I´ve already decided that I wanted to become an artist, so I walked from door to door in the city Kosai to sell my illustrations and photographs. I think people mostly bought my stuff because I was a kid, haha. However, this encouraged me to continue my career as an artist. As a teenager, I worked with mixed materials and custom made art here in Sweden. After a few years, I felt that I needed to make a decision of what to do with all that creativity.
In Autumn 2004, I became a student at Ölands Konstskola (Ölands School of Art) and remained there for 3 years. During my time there, I got a big art assignment at Guldfågeln AB in Mörbylånga, which became the jumpstart I needed as an artist.
Since June 2009, I´ve been working as a professional artist.
Fine Art Photography is my passion. I get inspired by history, myths, cloudy days, abandoned places and darkness.
Where there is darkness, there must also be light. My light is painting. All my paintings are very colorful and inspired by the Japanese culture.
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