Collector’s Choice: Cristina Del Sol



I had a pet raven when I was nine years old. The day he flew away I was heartbroken. In the years to follow I draw him every day, thinking he would come back, believing in the magic of art.
I’m still looking for my raven “Enrico”, which I also used to call “Cuervi”, till today… He was and continues to be one of my muses, nature being the second one.
Creating art is my passion and spirit. For me is like breathing, this incredible urge to paint that you can’t question, you just have to do it, otherwise you die. Painting is my only means of bringing each day about.
Besides my art, my pets and nature feed my soul.


My work is very diverse as I implement a wide array of mediums such as acrylic, acrylic mediums, Venetian plaster, dry pigments, cold wax, charcoal, oil pastels, oil, and collage. Most of my paintings are derived from the intuitive.
Working with heavy textures of different media and paint allows me to scratch, incise, smooth over, cover and uncover. Like an excavation, the evolving work feels like a discovery. The finished work is a layered accumulation of material and marks creating a history of layers akin to the traces of time and weather that the world and our bodies bear, a tracery of life’s cycles.
This is how life talks to us, leaving traces in objects and nature.



My art is not about reproducing what I see around me, rather the memories and feelings I keep with me from observing the world around me. I paint the essence of things, since everything around us is made up of energy and light.
I am not trying to prove anything, just learning every day.

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I grew up in a small city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I received formal art training from the National School of Fine Arts, completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours’ degree.
In Canada I further my art education at “Toronto Art School”, in painting and drawing, and continue till today attending a number of professional development courses to increase my skills and to support my continuing growth as an artist.
I have exhibited in Canada, the U.S and Argentina, with artwork featured in International books, juried art shows and contests. My paintings are in private collections worldwide.

I live in rural Ottawa painting everyday in my third floor studio overlooking the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.

I would like like to give sincere thanks to Cristina delSol for sharing her art works with KIRSTEINFINEART in today’s art feature.




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Marta Baricsa: Collector’s Choice



 “Your non-narrative paintings evoke contemporary Japanese calligraphy”
Nato Thompson, Curator MASS MoCA




 OM Paintings

by Marta Baricsa
The Om paintings are focus meditation paintings.
All the Om paintings I made, I made by hand, without tracing or using any device such as a projector etc. Plus there are no corrections or overpainting.



Om natural green with artist Marta Baricsa. 2011. Acrylic on canvas. 11.5 x 6.5 feet

I do my best to meditate and like a variety of meditations, sometimes Om meditations where I focus on the Om mantra.

I also feel my Om paintings are a type of meditation too. I focus in on the moment and repeat the Om circle as a mantra. So it’s a type of movement mediation. It’s a type of focus and releasing.

Have a look at this time lapse I did with my latest Om white stone painting.


Marta Baricsa exhibition


“Your minimal use of bold color is particularly striking in conjunction with your neutral palette.”

Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator. Williams College Museum of Art. MA


About Marta Baricsa

      “I was born in London, England and I moved to Canada at an early age. While living in Toronto I attended a special 4 year arts program at Central Technical School. Realizing that painting was my main interest I later attended and graduated from the Experimental Arts Department at the Ontario College of Art. OCAD. I moved from Toronto fifteen years ago to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. I live and work in my studio in the east side with my partner Roy Mackey who is a steel sculptor.
    Over the years I had the privilege of studying with Graham Coughtry, Daniel Solomon, Gustav Weisman, Ed Bartram and John Meredith.
    I have shown my work in galleries in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. My paintings can be seen at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s art rental and sales and during studio visits.
    My paintings are in private and corporate collections in Canada, U.S.A and Great Britain and are featured in over thirty movies and TV productions.”


See some of these works below:








In continuing with our exploration of collage, below you will see examples of collage and ink by Marta.

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