Second in summer series we present the work of two of our student-teachers. Florian, our man of many talents (ask him why planets go retrograde and why pistachio and coconut make for the best ice-cream combo) And Elisa, our tiny painter who’s been painting GIANT murals across Barcelona!


As my sister Antonina is a budding artist and illustrator as well, we decided during my summer visit to Vienna to experiment with collaborating on some pieces. The resulting works contrast her collage-driven, colourful, ornamental style with the traditional aesthetics of the charcoal/white chalk combo I used for the portraits. Thematically the three works address the question of identity in a digital society, specifically in regards to social media. By portraying three well-known “social media queens” from our circle of friends and acquaintances, we were trying to show how one’s manufactured online presence can act as a sort of clothing or even armour, woven from ideas of self-image, personality and ethnicity.

The exhibition title “Avatāra” is taken from the definition of the english word “avatar”:

avatar |ˈavətɑː|


1 chiefly Hinduism a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher.

• an incarnation, embodiment, or manifestation of a person or idea.

2 an icon or figure representing a particular person in a computer game, Internet forum, etc.


from Sanskrit avatāra ‘descent’, from ava ‘down’ + tar- ‘to cross’.



To see more of my sister’s work, follow her on and @aindebo on Instagram.

To see more of my stuff follow @florianboart on Instagram.


The only rule I have in my mind about art during summer is: EXPLORE. I really think that one of the most important qualities in an artist should be curiosity, because curiosity makes us try to find answers to the questions we have and, talking artistically, it makes us look for the best way to express ourselves, our own way to paint, draw or sculpt (or many other things) that will make us unique. For sure, I’m still on this sweet way of discovering what I like and what I don’t, so the works that can be seen from me during this summer are completely varied. I really wanted to get into painting, so I’ve been doing some landscape painting between Italy and my hometown, I tried to always carry with me an sketchbook, and I’ve also made a great discovery: mural painting! Mural painting is definitely about losing fears, learning to mix colors fast and paint even faster (as you can’t be working in the painting for more than some days), using big brushes (as they tell us in the academy 😉 ) and to relay in the general impression because most of the times the painting only looks as it should when seen from the distance. I really recommend to everyone to try to paint on a 3 meter long wall what they would like to paint on a canvas as well!


In collaboration with Ivan Floro (@ivfloro):


It’s been such a treat putting these together. As a fledgling in the academy, seeing what seniors are doing with their work is inspiring to say the least, and also a good insight into the many ways academic training can be applied to personal work. Lots more summer work on the way, watch this space!

– Manasi Parikh/ Intensive Sculpture Program / Trimester 4