A Day in the Studio of Ilona Schmidt

A Day in the Studio of Ilona Schmidt


Since 2007, Ilona Schmidt has been working as a freelance artist. During this time, she has displayed her work in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Ilona Schmidt shows through her works her enthusiasm for various individual human characteristics and idiosyncrasies. She allows her intuition to guide her and eschews traditional methods such as scripts or sketches. Her goal is to express her thoughts and ideas on various topics, such as the environment, fragility, or issues of belonging through the use of different methods to provide a diverse understanding to the viewer of her art.

We visited Ilona Schmidt's studio in Hamburg and accompanied her for a day. We spoke with the artist about her path to art and her various techniques.


Whether paintings or sculptures: Ilona Schmidt tries out different techniques
Whether paintings or sculptures: Ilona Schmidt tries out different techniques


Ilona Schmidt, how did you become interested in art?

I discovered my passion for art during my studies in painting and sculpture. From the beginning, the opportunity to capture individual human characteristics and social interactions in artworks fascinated me.


When did you know you wanted to become an artist?

The desire to become an artist became increasingly clear to me as I delved deeper into my studies. At the latest, when I began to exhibit my works and received such great support, I knew that art was my calling.


What inspires you?

I find inspiration in the world around me, whether in nature, interpersonal relationships, or everyday situations. I observe these impressions and translate them into my art. This is how I try to create my perspective on the world and convey emotions.


Ilona Schmidt in her studio
Ilona Schmidt in her studio


Which artist had the greatest influence on you and your work?

The artist group "Die Brücke" continues to have a strong influence on me. I like the subtle messages and profound emotions in their works.


Where do you prefer to paint?

I love the relaxed and slightly chaotic environment in my studio, where I can fully focus on my artistic work. But I also find freedom and peace in my garden to express my artistic vision.


What does a typical day in your life as an artist look like?

In my life as an artist, there is no typical day. I am constantly searching for new ideas and forms of expression to incorporate into my art. My day is marked by a continuous search for inspiration and a willingness to be influenced by the impressions of daily life. It is a process of observing, reflecting, and creating that has no fixed rules or schedules. Every day offers the opportunity to discover new ideas and transform them into a unique artistic form. I let my ideas mature and often wait for the right moment to shape them into a concrete form.


Sculptures by the artist
Sculptures by the artist


Which material and techniques do you prefer to use?

I prefer to use oil pastels, as they allow me to realise inspirations quickly and everywhere. But I also use acrylic paints and mixed techniques.

For my sculptures, I mainly use coarsely grogged clay or stoneware clay. These materials allow me to authentically express my thoughts and emotions. I also enjoy using found objects, such as driftwood or recycled materials, such as old weaving shuttles, which I bring to new life in this way.


Ilona Schmidt, what was your most memorable experience?

There have been many beautiful moments in the past that combine to make the artist's life unique and constantly reinforce my artistic development. However, being nominated for the Rosenheim Foundation Art Prize and the associated exhibition at the Stadtmuseum Offenbach was a special experience.

Beautiful experiences also include the feedback with photos that I always receive from collectors. Overall, it is always wonderful when art lovers worldwide invest in my art and an artwork finds a new home. These are always wonderful moments, and I am very grateful for them.


What advice would you give to young artists who are just beginning?

I would advise young aspiring artists to trust their intuition, find their own voices and let their passion guide them. Continuous self-improvement and dedication are keys to staying true to yourself.


Various works in her studio
Various works in her studio


Have you discovered another artist on artSOLITAIRE whose work you admire?

The diversity on artSOLITAIRE is fascinating, and every artist is inspiring and exciting in their own way.


What do you think you would be doing today if you had not become an artist?

If I hadn't become an artist, I could imagine working in a nature-related profession.


Do you have a favourite museum? If so, which one and why?

I like the Kunsthalle in Hamburg. It showcases a wide spectrum of all art epochs and is always worth visiting with its special exhibitions.


The artist Ilona Schmidt
The artist Ilona Schmidt


Do you have a current favourite piece of art among your works?

Among my paintings I especially like "The Peacemaker", and I would choose "In Dialogue" as my favourite sculpture.


Which exhibition or award are you particularly proud of? Or are you currently planning an exhibition?

I am particularly proud of what I have achieved so far. My art prizes and nominations, which reflect my artistic progress, are wonderful.

A highlight for me is the limited edition of my sculpture "The Floating One," in bronze, which will be launching next year. It's a fantastic opportunity to present my art in a different medium.


Do you have any wishes for your future? What are your aspirations and goals?

My wish for the future is to continue to express my thoughts and ideas through my art.


Thank you very much for the interview!

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