A little glimpse into the life of the artist Sathya Ranjana

A Matona Interview
We are SO happy to share the interview with the talented illustrator Sathya Ranjana with you. She illustrated an amazingly beautiful card for us, that has been printed as a limited edition and is going to be added to all onlineshop orders for a while. Thank you so much Sathya!

1. Please tell us a little bit about you. Who are you, what do you do, where do you live, …

Hi, I´m Sathya, an illustrator from the south of Germany. But maybe we just start where it all began…

I was born and grew up in a tiny village in Bavaria, where there was an old mill and our flat used to be a barn. My parents run a knitting brand for children and grown-ups and their atelier has been in the same house, so I spent a lot of time there – between all the wool, fabric rolls, buttons and other materials. 

Luckily there were other families and children living in the few houses around us and we could move around freely – being surrounded by meadows, woodlands, our favourite creek and lots of animals. This possibility, to experience nature with all my senses, is one of the factors that strongly influenced my life. I remember lots of mild summer evenings, when we were sitting together at the bonfire, watching fireflies and counting shooting stars, rain- wind- and thunderstorm dances, expeditions through the woods, biting cold down there at the frozen creek, …

I have always been a person, even when I was a child, that soaked up all moments and moods around me – and this formed many images and stories in my head. This is definately a quality that accompanies me for a very long time now. And later, in my studies in Munich and Denmark, I made it my profession. Today I´m an Illustrator / Artist and a mother.

I love capturing exactly atmospheres like that – a journey, where time is not important … between yesterday and today, the sky and the earth, the magic of the tiny moments…

My husband is a mountain guide and together with our two sons we live in the Bavarian Alpine Upland, where we like spending a lot of time in the mountains together. I don´t know another place, where there is so much time to just listen and tell and enjoy the pure moments in the here and now.

2.Who and what have been your influences in developing your style? How would you describe it?

I think, everyday again, the nature that surrounds us has a major impact and influence. I am amazed by all the treasures again and again. For me, our earth is the most amazing artist herself. And we are so lucky to live in a beautiful place like this. 

Also, due to my parent´s work I have always been in contact with fashion, later also with my own work… This influence is also noticable in my paintings… I love to create the clothes, that are being worn there.

And of course all of the wonderful books, that have given me company almost my whole life.. From various amazing writers and artists.

Musik accompanies and influence me a lot too, when I am working.

I would describe my style as emotional, deep, calm and grounded.

3. How has your work changed since you have kids?

That´s an interesting question.. Cause I think my work has changed a lot. I would even say, it´s one of THE most influential factors.. As a mom you get closer to yourself piece by piece, get more grounded, live more in the here and now.. At least that´s my experience. In any case, it´s a big treasure and enrichment to my work.. Because all of the deep feelings, that I´m allowed to experience in the relationship with my kids, flow into my paintings too.  

And then there is a really pragmatic additional point – I´m working a lot more effective than before 🙂

When there is time, I take advantage of every moment.

4. Do you have a daily (work) routine? Can you describe that?

To be honest there is no such thing as a real routine… The things that have to be done are just too different for that. The best start is a family breakfast. But it often happens, that my husband is already at work or is travelling for business for a longer time. Our kids attend a forest kindergarden, but the younger one is only there two times a week in a smaller group. That means I have to plan the time slots I have to work very spontaneously most of the time. It´s the easiest, when my husband is at home but I can also focus on my work besides the kids at times. The rest is often postponed to the evenings, when I put the kids to bed. 

5. Any new ideas you have been working with recently?

Yes there are.. There are always quite a lot.. but at the moment I´m lacking of additional time to put them into practice.

For this autumn there has been an exhibition planned in Vienna, to which I have really been looking forward to. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid situation we don´t know yet if it can take place or not… 

But when there are news about that, I will share them on my Instagram page with you.

Thank you so much for this amazing and interesting interview!

If you want to see more, go and have a look at Instagram @sathyaranjana or at the website sathyaranjana.com .