Full name: Marilia Perugini Elstrodt
Born on April 17th, 1963, in São Paulo, Brazil.
Italian and Brazilian descendant.
Marilia started her artistic career later than usual. She completed her formal studies in Business Administration and, after working for a few years in the area, realized that she was not pursuing her soul’s true wish for Beauty and Creation.
At 34 years old, she understood that she had to look at her original talents and work from there. She took an informal course in painting on wood and was fascinated by the colors of the paints, the touch of the brushes, and all the magic involved in dealing with these materials. She was convinced, however, that she could not draw and that it would be essential to learn it. She then pursued different teaching methods on drawing styles, such as using the right side of the brain, drawing nudes in studios and others. However, by drawing through observation, one perceives the world from the outside, whereas Marilia’s passion lies in perceiving the world from within. And thus, she discovered her own style.
Drawing on paper
She took formal painting classes that explored different materials and methods, as well as History of Occidental Art classes, in private institutions in Brazil. Mainly, however, she worked with and learned from artists. This shared experience was very important to understand how each artist needs to find his or her own way of expressing himself (herself) with truth.
Her first paintings were more figurative in appearance, but very abstract in meaning. The inspiration came from a source within her that she couldn´t comprehend so well in the beginning. Many times the paintings were rejected; people often looked at her art searching for something they knew already, something they could comprehend and classify. Soon she understood that, if she wanted to be true to her art, she would have to close her ears to the public for some time and dedicate herself on developing, nurturing and building an Art of the Soul. From this moment on she called herself a “Silent Artist”.
“Woman – Part IV” – Oil on canvas – 0.80m x 0.80m
She liked to paint alone, in hers or in other artists’ studios, such as Carlos de Sa and Osmar Pinheiro. But the main figure in all her learning process was Arnaldo Calado de Farias, someone with a vast knowledge of art as a manifest of the rich unconscious of the human being. He helped her understand the importance of solitude in creation.
“Expulsão do Paraíso” – Oil on Canvas – 1.20m x 1.60m
Marilia’s life consisted of raising her three children, working alone in her studio, and going on beautiful trips to Japan, India, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, with her husband or with the whole family, visiting many different cultures, peoples and art. This created a melting pot in her soul, which was always welcome to her and is reflected in her creations.
“Assim falou Zaratustra” – Oil on canvas – 1.50m x 2.00m
She always like to experiment with new materials and so she studied ceramics. This led her to later on produce several sculptures, which were then converted to bronze. The garden in the house became a Sculpture garden.