Aya Catherina Elias

My name is Aya Catherina Elias, and I’m from Beirut, Lebanon. I find inspiration in many places which have influenced my creative style and process. I create art to release stress and all other emotions that are in my heart. Whenever I dream of a painting, I try to recreate it in real life. Art has saved me from my battle with depression and suicide. I write about this today to raise awareness and tell every person who is reading this, do not be afraid, it gets better, slowly, but surely… I specialize in acrylics and I mainly focus on abstract art. I also enjoy working with oil painting, watercolor, oil pastel, pastel, and pencils. My art style does not fall under one category. If one would like to define it, I think it would fall under “chaotic.” I use this word in a positive context. I am motivated by life and dreams. As well as love, friends, family, psychology, movies, music, anything! I have been creating art for 10 years. My favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh and I find his work to be as crazy as my mind! I connect with the art community on Instagram (@PaintwithAya), I try to communicate with anyone who seems to appreciate art. I search for galleries online and try to visit exhibitions as much as I can. My work has been shown when I was about 9 years old, at the art school that I used to learn at. Ever since, I’ve just been doing art to fill the walls of my house. My mother is my greatest supporter.
When people see my work, I hope they see my pain and my sorrows. I tend to raise awareness and share positive energy through the bright colors that I use in contrast with the darkness in my art.

“With influences as diverse as Vincent van Gogh and Takashi Murakami, new relations are constructed from both orderly and preconscious environments. Ever since I was a child, I have been attracted to the formation of thoughts and ideas in our mind. What started out as a desire soon became corrupted into an inevitability of vainness, leaving only a sense of disillusionment and the birth of a new beginning. One cannot deeply understand the formation of ideas, for it is our imagination that plays the major role in our ikshana. Art is something I cannot explain, but it is a part of my soul. It made me a survivor and it gives me a reason to wake up every day and write down my dreams on canvas.”