Born in Russia, Liliya Garipova is currently residing in North Haven, Connecticut, USA, producing oil paintings in the symbolism genre.
As a self-taught artist, she considers her painting to be primarily a means of self-investigation. Thus, every piece of work has its own pre-history, the meaning of which she explains in terms of Carl Jung’s psychoanalytical theory.
Liliya has never painted from nature, and has no formal academic background in art. Her main sources of inspiration are the images from the unconscious arising in dreams and visions. She believes that the most important task of an artist is to establish and maintain contact with the unconscious, translating its messages to the outer world.
As these messages are often of a healing, reconciling, and sensible nature, and not ‘for personal use only’, she realizes that her occupation is a life pursuit, a duty which can be successfully fulfilled only if the artist’s soul is open and her vision is clear. In keeping with Carl Jung, Liliya thinks there is no way to clarify this vision without psychology.
Garipova’s works, depicting archetypal images, speak of the reality of the inner, spiritual world, with which the modern world has lost contact. By connecting her audience with the energy of these images, the artist reminds it of a higher destination in life, thus striving to convey what in the Bible was once pronounced: “You are gods”.
More details on the artist’s bio and method, along with the gallery of more than 250 paintings, are available on her website http://www.garipova.com. ...