From an early age, I had a strong need to express myself through visual art. Drawing helped me to understand myself, and to communicate with others when I was young. It turned out to be fundamental in finding my calling later in life.

My higher education started with studying fashion and textile design at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Exploring the female form and celebrating it through its relationship with fabrics, patterns, textures, and colors was a step closer at establishing my own visual narrative and aesthetic. My love for period fashion, art history, and old masters is evident in my narrative pastels. Free to explore my inner voice at Gage Academy of Art, I dove into drawing with charcoal pencil and produced a number of  self-portraits. These pieces reflected an equally challenging and rewarding period of personal and artistic growth at the time.

A draftsperson at heart, with a love for big value range and expressive color, I intuitively found my medium in pastel pencils, combining my love for fine details with a rich, colorful palette. Nature’s endless play of light and shadow is another subject and source of inspiration for my paintings. Symbolically depicted by the tree branches, shaped by the elements, and prevailing in spite of their fragility, my art explores beauty, grace, and vulnerability.

I believe that beauty can sooth a soul, and I hope that my art can serve as an inspiration on the viewer’s own introspective journey.

 

Aleksandra Saronjic was born and raised in Krusevac, Serbia. After she completed her BFA in Fashion and Textile Design at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, she moved to the United States with her husband in 2000. While living on the East Coast, she graduated from LIM College in New York City in 2009, and continued to work in the fashion industry. In 2016, Aleksandra and her family moved to Seattle, where she took up art. She completed the four-year ​Kang-O’Higgins Atelier​ program at ​Gage Academy of Art​.

She currently resides in Seattle with her husband and son.

 

Acknowledgements:

3rd Place – Portrait, Best of Gage, Gage Academy of Art, June 2020.

Seen In:

2022 – Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, “Gage Atelier Alumni Exibition”

2021 – Gallery Mack, Seattle, “Homegrown at Gage”, group exhibition
2021 – Figure Ground Art Gallery, Seattle, “The Nude”, group exhibition
2021 – Space Gallery Magnuson Park, Seattle, group exhibition
2021 – Best of Gage, Gage Academy, online exhibition
2021 – KOH Show, Gage Academy, online exhibition
2021 – Spitting Image, Gage Academy, online exhibition

2020 – Best of Gage, Gage Academy, Seattle
2020 – KOH Show, Antonio Salon, Seattle
2020 – Spitting Image, Gage Academy, Seattle
2019 – Axis Gallery, Seattle
2019 – Best of Gage, Steele Gallery, Seattle
2019 – KOH Atelier Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle
2019 – Spitting Image, Gage Academy, Seattle
2018 – Axis Gallery, Seattle
2018 – Best of Gage, Steele Gallery, Seattle
2018 – KOH Atelier Show, Steele Gallery, Seattle