Alessandra Genualdo’s Women Portraits are Fierce

Alessandra Genualdo’s illustrations and paintings focus on women. Those often stare at the viewer with a direct and piercing gaze, making for an uneasy effect that’s in direct opposition with their subdued colors.

“The female figure is a big source of inspiration,” she told Creative Boom. “My illustrations and paintings reflect my personal life and emotions, and the way the characters evolve reflect the way my perception of myself evolves through time.”

Based in East London, where she lives with her dog Kira, the Italian born artist is the winner of the Royal Watercolor Society’s Contemporary Watercolor Competition Young Artist prize for the year 2017 and 2019.

“With my fine art pieces, I mostly rely on my imagination, although many of the works I produce have been influenced by what surrounds me, my memories, women I have met, so can be considered a metaphorical reinterpretation of reality,” she says.

“I use quite simple shapes and a limited color palette,” she adds, explaining her creative process. “I am attracted to decorative motifs like flowers and leaves, as a representation of the natural world I feel a connection with.”

Here are some of our favorite pieces by her.