Although she was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, Eva Claessens is more like a citizen of the world. After living in Italy, France, and Uruguay and more than two decades of exhibitions and commissions, her work has transcended borders in an unexpected way.
“Since I was little I fell in love with drawing, it was all I wanted to do. At six or seven, I told my parents that when I grew up, I wanted to be an artist, that I was going to go to Italy to paint.
The total assurance that this was my path came at age 8 and I still remember the feeling, the absolute certainty that overwhelmed me. At age 18 Eva won a full scholarship at the Perugia School of Fine Arts.
The most frequent description of Claessen’s work is that of a contemporary artist with a passion for the respect for nature and what it offers, that explores the human figure. Eva insists a lot that she does not paint sexuality, but captures emotions, sensations, moments of everyday life.
“I think that my work is more to feel than to define, it is not intellectual, it speaks of everyday moments, that is why I like to give it the appearance that it is not finished, like life itself, and with the idea that the individual can conclude the piece with his eyes ” This is the reason why her paintings are better without framing, returning to that analogy. Eva works mainly in acrylic paint on various materials (among others, many kinds of linen or canvas), sculpture in third dimension and engravings, “There is a deep investigation around each piece. I always paint from real models.”
Eva currently divides her time between Portugal and Uruguay.