VISUAL VOICES : Francisca Do Nascimento Ohlsen

The diverse, and multi-talented artist Francisca do Nascimento Ohlsen is able to move effortlessly between vibrant abstraction and sensitive portraiture and narrative.

Born in Brazil. After studying degree as an agricultural engineer worked in the United States - California and Florida -.

After that move to Germany. There visited various courses, including painting and design at the European Art Academy in Trier with Renata Wolf.

This gifted artists Studies of Painting and Graphics at the Institute of Fine Arts in Bochum have clearly informed both an interest in realism and abstraction. Refusing to be limited to simply one area of creativity this true visionary painter sat down with us to give a greater insight into her world and process...

What are the core and fundamental themes and concepts of your art?

The core of my work is my home. Home, to me, means so much more than my homeland. It means my family and the people that I love. It is associated with feelings. Home, for me, are all those small things that give me a feeling of home even if it is just for a few moments.

How closely do these ideas relate to your creative process and the actual act of creating the art itself? 

As a child and a teenager I used to feel lonely sometimes, but when I left my the country I was born and grew up, I discovered what it means to feel lonely a lot of time. And sometimes it felt almost like a pain inside.

Painting gives me the feeling of being able to escape to a place where there is no time and space and where I feel at home. And what started like an occasional escape turned into a necessity. I can not imagine myself without painting. While I am painting I get ”transported” again and to this special place, which is a part of my art creation process.

Which artists, designers and creators (past or present)  are you inspired and influenced by?

A variety of artists of different styles and epochs have inspired my work in different ways.

The influences include the lightness of the drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, the relation between light and shadow in Michelangelo's works or in the paintings of the Impressionists Monet, as well as the genius of Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Also Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has a great influence on my work and on my diploma dissertation. Her work is probably the most inspirational to me, because of the openness with which she showcased her feelings. Frida Kahlo's pictures tell her story of love and suffering, of her illness, childlessness, loss and also of her homeland. But they are also full of contradictions.

Which of your work/works stands out as a highlight, a favorite, or a significant point in your creative growth and development? and why?

It is very difficult to say which of my paintings is my favourite. Each of them is like a little piece of myself. When I am painting abstracts, it is like I am flying in between the colours, and it is always an incredible experience to immerse in a kind of unowned world and only follow the feeling and the effect that the colours and forms come out.

On the other hand, portraits are always a big challenge and it is a great feeling when a portrait is finished and I can see that it was possible to capture more than the physical aspects of a face. Feelings and expressions of a person’s character can be seen there.

An artist of powerful creative voice and message, what do you wish to communicate to your audience? 


I want to transport to someone who contemplates my work a little part of the experience I lived when I painted it. I want them to experience the feeling of being taken away to a very special place, a feeling of being at home even when it is for a very short time.

Creatively, professionally and in all aspects of being an artist, what are your goals for your upcoming works and art?

I want to be able to reach as many people as possible all over the world. I would like them to see my work and and be able to transport to them parts of my experiences and the feelings I had when I was painting

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