About the artist

A portrait of the artist, Eliza Badoiu

Eliza Badoiu is a self-taught mobile photographer, her speciality being self-portraiture. Her award-winning images are expressionistic and surreal, often using movement and layering techniques to portray her artistic vision, that of the female psyche.

Eliza has her roots in Greece, where her grandparents were originally from and lives in Constanta, Romania, where she was raised. Aside from her photography, she is a mum and wife to her family and works as a professional foreign language teacher.

How did you first get into digital art?

I have always been drawn by the power and the semiotics of the image and my very first attempts were in my early teen years. I first started working with digital art in 2013, using an Android, when I got my HTC ONE Mini mobile device.

Why did you choose digital art as your medium?

Digital art is what we part of the age we are living in, whether we like it or not. It’s accessible and it’s always there with you; you can make the best of a moment by simply pressing shoot and then go into editing later and transform that moment in whatever way you choose.

What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?

I have always been into self-portraiture, with deep accents of dark and noir touches in order to portray the emotions within the frame. I also love the infinite possibilities of  abstracts in the process of editing the initial image.

What inspires you?

It could be anything or nothing at all really. Inspiration comes to me randomly and connects to the state of mind that I’m in at that very moment. So, I guess the infinite layers of my mind and the emotions within are really of great help.

What is your artistic motivation?

The only thing that motivates me is the joy of creating and editing an image, transforming it to become how I imagined it. Motivation is creation itself, being there and doing the thing!

Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?

I don’t know whether I have a favourite image, I tend to look back to my previous image series, maybe even 3 years ago or more. I tend to connect more with work that recalls the emotion and the moment of when I shot and edited it, rather than those that have received the most attention.

Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?

Self Portraiture, Darkness, Female psyche

What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?

I have been internationally awarded in different mobile competitions, published in mobile magazines both online and in paper format. My work has been exhibited in shows in the USA and Canada, Italy, France, Hungary and Portugal, and also in the Netherlands. The most enjoyment, I guess, is the immediate response that I get from my virtual public, both on Instagram and Facebook.

Name three artists who inspire you.

There are so many of my mobile colleagues I admire, that there would be too many to mention here. I also like to stick to my own personal style, so I can’t say that it has been the work of someone really influencing me. I love Elizabeth Koning’s art and the pure beauty of Valentina Gurli on Instagram but their styles are so different to mine. Photography as a form visual beauty is everywhere and I love viewing it when I go into social media. I can’t say I follow someone in particular, though.

How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?

I first started working on Android and then moved to iOS in 2015. This has brought a major change for me in terms of the quality in the creation and the final image. My style never stopped expressing the self inner-self and experiences of the subconscious mind. I have grown in terms of editing and apps, I guess: I see it as a journey, it’s a process that matures with who you really are along the way.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?

I wouldn’t change a thing! I have never done anything that I didn’t enjoy while creating mobile images. To keep being happy with what I do is, I think, the only advice I can give myself!

What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?

My iPhone and my tripod is all I need. I don’t use lenses or any other fancy equipment. I shoot and then edit. That’s all.

Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?

I have experience with many apps but I have always stuck with Snapseed, PicsArt, Pixelmator and Stackables for making changes when editing .

Do you use images from stock sites, as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?

I only work and edit images that I have previously shot. Mainly self portraits and maybe landscape photography or architecture that I use as layers. I love the brushes in iColorama and I only add some abstract elements in PicsArt .

And finally, do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?

It is only dismissed by the people who don’t keep up with the modern age of digital technology. It’s up to them to see it that way; it doesn’t interfere with my work or my emotional connection towards mobile artistry. Everyone is entitled to have their own opinions and I do have mine. That really doesn’t bother me. I know where I stand.

Where to find more of Eliza’s work online

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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and motivation with us, Eliza!