We visited Brazilian artist Rafaella Braga at her colourful studio in Alt-Treptow. She relocated to Berlin three years ago to pursue her passion of painting.
What’s your heritage, where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Brazil. The history of the country's ancestral identity is complex since it's a highly multi-ethnic population, so a part of my heritage has been lost in my family over the generations.
Where are you based now, what brought you there?
I’ve been living in Berlin for three years now since I moved from my hometown in search of better opportunities for me and my family. Growing up as a woman in Brazil and working as a low income self-taught artist has never been easy, and now with all the violence we are experiencing with a dictatorship in power, things have become even more serious.
What’s your earliest memory of painting/making
Around six years old trying to paint flowers in the preschool.
I dont like listening to music while painting cause I feel more focused on the silence. But I love loud music when I arrive at the studio and I’m getting ready to work or while I wait for the paintings to dry. One of the albums that's in my life daily is The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, I feel like I learn something new every time I hear it.
Zinkir Choker, Kukir Ring - Labradorite, Textured Jardin Ring, Kukir Link Ring - Garnet
Tried and true methods against creative block?
I always say that I don't believe in creative blocks. I think we tend to judge ourselves a lot and, most of the time, we think that our ideas are not good enough to be put on paper. All ideas are valid, a part of a process and a big step towards developing our imagination. Even when the only thing your mind can do is doodle, try to put your ideas out there without thinking too much and leave the dualities of beautiful and ugly, bad or good behind. Give yourself time too, sometimes we just need to breathe a little. This can make a big difference in the way you handle your creativity.
Challenges, empathy, solitude, passionate people, nature itself.
Indifference, dualities, intolerance.