by Lucia Granados
Lucia Granados is Swedish Colombian, but was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya followed by Geneva, Switzerland. It was the work of Salvador Dali that triggered an artistic craving in her at the age of 14. She graduated high school in Geneva with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, with a focus on Art and French, and then spent her university years in Paris and New York studying at Parsons School of Art & Design. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Lucia treats each of her artworks as a passionate journey -- a puzzle that continuously transforms as textures, colours and playful lines are added. Her interest in world cultures, nature, wild life and dreams are boldly expressed in her pieces with her inspiration drawing from past memories and life experiences.
Lucia’s t-shirt design titled “Roots” for “des artistes” was a component of a larger art piece from a body of work Lucia exhibited in London in 2008. The exhibit was titled “Memory” and was based on particular moments in Lucia’s past that continue to resonate with her. “Roots” in particular was inspired by Lucia’s cherished memories of growing up in Africa. The elephant is her chosen symbol for this time.
"The life of a single brush stroke tells me many stories and the energy of that stroke shows me how it feels. The canvas is my space to journey into as I wish. It’s my breath of fresh air!"
Lucia is a designer and artist. When she isn’t splashing away passionately on an empty canvas, she is expanding her recently founded kids design company www.watotodesign.com ("watoto" meaning child in Swahili), which offers adorable, personalized prints, stationary and clothing. Lucia is now based in Munich, Germany with her Austrian actor husband and two young children.