Arjan Shehaj

Arjan Shehaj, was born in 1989, Patos, Albania. In 2004, at the age of 14, he travelled from Albania to Greece and finally to Italy to complete his artistic studies, attracted by the Italian Renaissance tradition.

 

Shehaj made the first part of that journey crossing the forests of Greece for four days on foot. The raw earth elements of branches, trees, roots have remained as a persisting symbol in the artist's mind and work. Through his experiences on this journey, his work was born. Utilizing vibrant components that overlap in a meticulous and balanced manner, the fluidity of intersecting brushstrokes is seen. The colours that are observed at first glance appear to be unique, however in reality, is an energetic accumulation of tones and shades that exploit the same rules of optical perception as Seurat and Signac. 

 

Arteries of a pulsating body, the intersection of roads and paths, branches of an infinite forest, real or symbolic roots, neuronal cells, textile fibers, or simply lines, through which everyone can trace their inner path: this is the basis of the artistic language of Shehaj. The artist acquired graphic and pictorial styles from a path that makes his own unique language, making it recognizable and iconic. Understanding and synthesizing his own expression and further evolving his artistic communication through these techniques, has enabled Shehaj to initiate dialogue between mediums as well as focusing on raising environmentally conscious awareness. 

 

Shehaj employs various colors to create a unitary perception, in a work that is not dispersed in a thousand details. This draws attention, but is imprinted in the eyes of the viewer in its vital and positive centripetal energy. Throughout this dynamic motion and apparent chaos that arises, a painstaking, refined, and harmonious pictorial balance emerges. This becomes the core of Shehaj's work, rebalancing mental chaos through artistic language; obviously a utopia and an unattainable horizon. However, there is a transition into the urge to continually experiment with new mediums and materials, that further polish his vocabulary from time to time.