Barbara Navi is a French painter who has captured our imagination with her emotive brushwork and surreal ambiguity.
Navi received an education in design and philosophy, and since the 1990s has dedicated herself to painting. Her first studio was in Malakoff, a southern suburb of Paris known for its vibrant community of artists.
Navi’s early works were influenced by hyperrealist painting in which an urban motif, devoid of all human presence, prevails. Gradually, the abandoned paths of suburbia were replaced by the foreclosed landscapes where the anxious presence of man is left to face the ambiguity and absurdity of the given situation; the nocturnal motif becomes recurrent.
2004-2005 was a turning point in Navi’s work, as she discovered the works of Néo Rauch, Michael Borremans and Mamma Andersson. Navi begins to use information technology as a tool alongside traditional media.
Through her work, Barbara Navi explores the idea of loss of home, wandering, loneliness and madness; as well as our sense of bewilderment in a familiar world, which has become uncertain, confusing and transitory. She carefully balances the hidden and the revealed, offering the viewer a sense of secrecy and mystery. Her works are highly atmospheric and convey all these ideas beautifully and succinctly.
Barbara Navi has had a number of group and solo shows. She currently lives and works in Paris.
All images courtesy of © Barbara Navi