Meet the Artist Una St Tropez
Signing as Una St Tropez, the artist declared her artistic debut in the village of her dreams. In the late ’90 Una discovered St Tropez and decided to dedicate her life to art.
Having spent 7 years in her gallery in St Tropez, Una decided to face the world herself. London, Paris, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Moscow welcomed the collections that depicted the artist’s impression of the cities. From Royals to commoners, new people and different countries inspire new colors and techniques.
Every painting is dedicated to Richard, her guide and true friend in life. Una remains loyal to St Tropez where she creates most of her collections. Una St Tropez adopts the unique approach in combining ancient with modern, applying beeswax to minimalist and contemporary perception of the portrait. Expression remains intense and charged, just like the artist’s approach to her subject. Following trip to St Petersburg Una St Tropez decides to do a tribute to Rudolf Nureyev and mark the 20th anniversary of his death.
“Dialogue with Nureyev” records the intense rendez-vous between the artist and the dancer in the world where Art is eternal. The transformed union becomes passionate, strict and monumental where secrets are shared with ease. The world emerges animated by discussions about love, friendship, icons, and influences. Picasso, Dostoyevski, Michelangelo, and Che among others join the vivid discussion and we remain, as ever, immersed in the world of Rudolf Nureyev. Guided into the sphere of sacred and eternal, best depicted by her art, Una St Tropez delivers the details of “Dialog with Nureyev” thriving on the eternity of a true Artist.
CONTROVERSIAL Interview Una St Tropez
Q: Let’s start by your name, it is not Una?
A: No, my real name is not Una. My artist name is Una St Tropez but the real name holds the meaning ”The Peace of God”, diminutive of which is Mia. My family and friends call me Mia’
Q: You have been in the art world for the past 15 years yet you do not call yourself an artist.
A: I am an observer and communicator with canvas which resulted in paintings. I never belonged to the art world, it was my own world that I always addressed and reflected. I held the exhibitions in the cities that I fell in love with, not at the art fairs. This world of mine is very intimate, too intimate to join the art world.
Q: You are known by painting the eyes that cause quite a stir, yet you wore sunglasses for many years. Has anyone seen your eyes?
A: I cannot even remember when the sunglasses affair started but it would be likely at the beginning of my painting career. I am used to painting in obscurity in order to see the contrasts better. Add to that the sunny days in St Tropez and I ended up with dark glasses on my head at all times. Curiously enough I took the glasses off this year which was a very spontaneous decision. To conclude with answering to your question, my eyes are ”on display” at THE Gallery St Tropez throughout the season.
Q: ‘You are very spiritual yet you do not belong to any religion.
A: What I strive for is called faith. That is a lifelong path but it holds no division, no separation. It is based on universal love and not on differences between people.
Q: What is not controversial in your life?
A: My love for Richard to whom every painting is dedicated.