Svenja was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in a creative, big family. She and her five siblings have been enjoying art ever since they can remember and what started as a hobby became Svenja’s profession in early 2012. Art means much more to her than in the times when she just grabbed some pencils and paper as a pastime. In fact art gave new sense to her life and rescued her, when she was facing a rough time, living on the street without shelter and purpose, rebelling against the grievances in her personal and political environment. In 2009 Svenja discovered the possibilities of sharing her art on the Internet and thus getting her formative experiences and expressions out of her system. To her surprise people appreciated her art and within three years she has become widely known and grew a solid fanbase. Her little daughter now fulfills her life and is the reason why she keeps going and tries to establish herself with her art.
About the makeup pictures:
Svenja originally started as a conventional traditional artist, experimenting with different mediums such as watercolor, acrylics and collages. After her experiences on the street her depicted subjects got darker and more abstract. Eyes were and still are always the main focus of all her works, as they fascinate her and are able to tell unspoken stories. In 2012 Svenja crossed over to the seemingly endless possibilities of makeup art and photography. While she is taking photographs of her eyes she is trying to express her feelings and to make the viewer of her works dive into another world full of colors, emotions and extravagance. She began to experiment with insects, both dead and living, and integrates them into the total work of art. She always treats the animals with the most possible regard and care and does everything possible to not harm them in any way. What urges her to let the insects be part of her art is her intention to both shock and polarize, but also to bring these beautiful creatures to people’s attention and to invoke more appreciation and interest. The twist of combining two apparently incoherent things, makeup and animals, is what made her begin this series – the very least thing she intends is to be a conventional artist anymore.