Adelaide Aronio discovers new life and different shapes in London


Culture London
Words Adelaide Aronio & Hey Vito
Photographs Mia Croizet and Adelaide Aronio

We’ve followed with interest the creative journey of French painter Adelaide Aronio. From discovering her crafts in the San Telmo markets to her new life in London, England. We spoke with Adelaide to find out what was behind the move back to Europe after 10 years in Buenos Aires.

Why did you decide to move to Argentina?

I loved studying graphic design and illustration, but I had an internship in a design agency and it was a really bad experience. At that time I had an Argentinian friend who was so fond of his country that he made me want to know more about it. After graduating I decided to broaden my horizons and study a little more so I went to Buenos Aires for 6 months, which turned in to 10 years! There I learned screen printing and discovered a whole new world of handcraft possibilities.

How did your 10 years in Buenos Aires inspire you creatively?

To me Buenos Aires is a very inspirational city in the way people do things. I don’t know if it’s because of the complicated economy in Argentina, but I find that people are moved by the fact that you’re never in a stable situation, everything is always changing. So that’s a very inspirational thing that pushes you to reinvent yourself constantly; but it’s also very exhausting!

In the past you lovingly made t-shirts, cushions and purses by hand. Now your work is larger in scale. Was this change just a natural part of your evolution as an artist?   

I guess it came naturally that I needed a change. I started to do geometrical drawing, and little by little felt a need to make things bigger. I began to make collages of my drawings in the street. Then someone saw my work and asked me to paint the facade of his shop. From there I started to painted a few murals.

I started to do geometrical drawing, and little by little felt a need to make things bigger. adelaide aronio
Things go better for me when I started to think less and do more.  adelaide aronio
Much of your recent work focuses on geometric shapes and particularly the circle. What has lead you to this aesthetic?

I started with geometry in order to empty my mind of preoccupations, and little by little I started placing the circles as fundamental elements of my designs. Then I got pregnant and my belly became a big circle!

You often commit to just black and white with perhaps one other colour. What appeals to you about this limited colour range?

Black and white was a restraint that came from screen printing. In screen printing each colour is a different frame so for economic reasons I always tried to make a drawing that will work in just one colour. After years doing that, I am now trying to put some colour back in to my work. I’m still really attached to the contrast of black and white.

Can you explain your creative process a little?

I don’t think I have a process, I just do. Things go better for me when I started to think less and do more.

You’re now based in London. Why did you move?

My husband received a job offer and we just had a baby, so I followed. I’m happy to be nearer my family in France.

How will living in this new city influence and affect your art practise?

Actually I’m pretty lost in the art world of London. Also I’m spending most of my time with my baby, I work at home where I made myself a little studio room and go there to work when she sleeps. So for now, it’s more my baby that influences my practice than the city.

Are you working on any exciting projects at the moment?

I haven’t had so much time lately with moving and the baby. I was lucky to paint a mural at Huge London when I first arrived though. My objective would be to show my work in London or Paris. So I guess my new exciting project is to paint in view of an exhibition. And of course painting murals in the streets of London! •