There’s an air of nostalgia in Alja Horvat’s illustrations. Inspired by the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, her works often focus on women, flowers, and plants; a happy mixture of hippy culture and ’80s boldness.
Currently finishing a degree at the University of Natural Sciences and Engineering in Ljubljana, the 23-year-old Slovenian artist decided to focus more on her artistic passion in 2017. She mainly works with her Wacom Intous graphic tablet, but she also loves traditional painting with gouache and acrylics.
The finished result – bold, graphic, and colorful – looks like a temporary rendition of Josef Frank, Henri Matisse, and Pierre Boncompain. “I think the vibrant, colorful palette stems from me,” Horvat shared with Māgoa Magazine. “I’m really energetic and lively, and that’s exactly how I feel, when I look at these shapes, figures, and colors. They are all full of life!”
“The backgrounds of my designs connect with the main subject portrayed, explaining their story and feelings. The figures are just like book covers: you need to read the entire story in order to experience them,” she went on to say.
Check out some of her vibrant illustrations in the gallery below.