I truly believe there is an inner "pulse" that runs through everything, mostly unseen but more often felt. I can think of no greater artistic inspiration than identifying this current and holding it in my heart long enough to translate it to canvas. I search for that perfect moment where everything falls into place inspirationally and technically. From that point on, I paint voraciously as if time is running out on me.
Over the last few years, following her first solo exhibition in the US in 2010, Larisa Aukon has quickly established herself as an accomplished painter and teacher in the United States. While countless artists paint with color, Larisa’s extensive education and natural talents allow her to create masterfully mixed and layered palettes supported by a framework of strong compositions. She fills her canvases with bold strokes of rich pigment that capture the ever-changing hues of natural light. The original tones seep through later paint additions, creating depth and brilliance that have become hallmarks of her work.
From a very young age, Larisa received intensive art training in her native Latvia. She was accepted to the prestigious Janis Rosenthal’s Secondary Art School in Riga. It is a very well-known school for gifted children. One had to pass a series of extensive academic and art exams in order to be accepted. Along with only 9 other students selected for this exclusive program, Larisa, in addition to a full academic course load, had up to 20 art-related lessons per week from the time she was 12 until she turned 18. After high school, she was accepted into the Latvian State Academy of Fine Arts in Riga from which she graduated with a master’s degree.
Today, Larisa calls Arizona her home where she spends her time painting and teaching.
Her works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Latvia and Russia.
2013 February - Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale,AZ ( show catalog is available)
2012 March - Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale AZ 2011, September, Solo Summer Exhibition, Hayden Hays Gallery, Colorado Spring, CO
2011, February, Solo Winter Exhibition, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010, July, ArtSantaFe, Santa Fe, NM
2010, March, Solo Winter Exhibition, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Southwest Art Magazine, March 2013, Solo Show Preview
American Art Collector Magazine, February 2013, Solo Show Preview
Southwest Art Magazine, March 2012, Featured artist
American Art Collector Magazine, March 2012, Solo Show Preview Cowboys and Indians Magazine, March, 2011
American Art Collector, March, 2011
Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, March, 2010
American Art Collector, March, 2010
Southwest Art, March, 2009