Patricia Da Costa, member of WeDecolonizeVUB, sat down with artist Cynthia Ntigurirwa for an interview. Together they discussed Cynthia’s inspiration for her work and her artistic journey.
Cynthia’s inspiration comes from the Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński, who was known for his dystopian surrealism and focus on death and anxiety. ‘His work was really intriguing for me,’ she tells us. ‘The moment I got more interested in his projects and what inspired him, that’s when I started working on this project in my second year of my bachelor. He is basically the essence of my project, but I got interested in other artists in the meantime like Alina Szapocznikow.’
‘I have been drawing since I was little. Every time when I would see a cartoon or an anime, I would try to copy what I see,’ Cynthia explains. ‘As I grew up my interests completely changed and I started being interested in drawing nature, my surroundings and architecture. I build my inspiration throughout the time.’
“I build my inspiration throughout the time”
‘I am still trying to find myself in this society. I feel like even at thirty you can try to find yourself. I’m still a baby trying to find out the world and my purpose.’
‘My work cannot be found anywhere yet, I am working on it but I feel I need a stronger body of work and when I have that, you will see my art.’ Cynthia promises. In three words she would describe her work as ‘bizar, intriguing and uncommon.’ She would summarize herself as an ‘overthinker, compassionate and curious.’