I first discovered Emi's work during COVID (there were some bonuses), when she held an exhibition at Gillman Barracks with a couple of other independent artists. That was when Emi's work struck me, her paintings were different to anything I have seen, bold, using vivid colours.
Emi Avora is a Singapore-based artist. Born in Athens, Greece, Emi grew up on the island of Corfu and studied in the UK. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Arts, Oxford University, UK and a Masters in Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools, London, UK.
Emi's father was an artist, so growing up Emi spent time in her dad's home studio using art materials and always loved being creative. Elements from her up bringing in Corfu have influenced her work. Corfu being a Unesco Heritage site and the Mediterranean lifestyle of eating alfresco are reflected in common themes that play out in her work. Some of her pieces remind me of condo poolside living and the leafy green jungle that represents Singapore for me.
Emi reached out to me to see if I would be interested in photographing her and her works of art. It was an exciting brief and quite a technical one. We had a lot of fun and I loved the unveiling of each piece.
More information on Emi Avora can be found here: https://emiavora.com/