Water From the Heavens

Kairo the Naive Artist

Gallery Edition of 250 | Collector’s Edition of 250 | Artist’s Proof Edition of 15

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About This Work

This painting with cuts is inspired by Lucio Fontana’s spatialism. The feeling expressed is the intense wait for spring rain after winter has ended yet refuses to leave. There is a hope that somehow, as water falls from the heavens, it would also alleviate the state of isolation. Artist Stamped, Pencil Numbered.

About This Artist

Growing up next to a small fishery Kairo spent her days in the bushes playing with bows and arrows and building tree houses with the other kids to escape the alcoholism rampant among male relatives. Since close-ups of various leaves and blossoms carried positive connotations of freedom, safety and adventure, Art Nouveau firmly captured the developing artist’s attention. Critics have noted that her use of color and composition seem surprisingly out of place under the gray Estonian skies. The artist partly attributes this not to exposure to any tropical culture but to her grandmother’s floral aprons and decorated porcelain dishes.
Her first favorites were Paul Gauiguin and Frida Kahlo. She also explored the stories of other artists such as Adolf Wölfli, Seraphine de Senlis, Henry Darger, Henri Rousseau and Estonian naivist painter Paul Kondas in the hopes of better understanding how her work relates to the multifaceted tradition of self-taught art.
Kairo’s intuitively constructed and less personal earlier work has gradually become more autobiographical, oftentimes depicting herself, her partner, and their children. In many cases, painting can be an introspective tool. Kairo’s characters sometimes have bright red skin, as the color evokes strength and robust health she wishes to possess herself. She employs various symbols to hint at the story or impulse behind a painting, such as the strawberry. Originating from one of Kondas’s paintings The Strawberry Eaters, she uses it to signify the innate creative force that can run dry but also regenerate. She varies and repeats it like a personal mantra hoping that the uncertain path of an uneducated free-lance painter won’t eventually lead to ruin but to self-realization in service of the divine spark of life.

About This Paper

Sunset Velvet Rag 315g (20mil) boasts a 100% cotton rag base, with a velvet (or etching-like) surface. This paper is designed to meet the highest printing standards needed for museum quality, limited edition prints.

Sunset Velvet Rag is a 2010 Hot One Award winner.

Print Dimensions
Overall Image Margin
Collector’s Edition 22” x 22” 18″ x 18″ 2″
Gallery Edition 28” x 28” 24″ x 24″ 2″
Artist’s Proof 28” x 28” 24″ x 24″ 2″


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