Barbara Sala is a naïve painter and a storyteller on canvas.
Her motto is “Know thyself” and let the inner light shine through.
As a naïve painter she uses the mysterious dreamlike quality of a childlike signature as a tool to weave in a challenging sincerity the raw contents of her life. In doing this she heals herself and gives the chance to the onlookers to find part of themselves in her expression. She uses honesty and sincerity in ever new images – she does not repeat herself.
She calls herself a storyteller on canvas mostly, although she has written and illustrated two fairy tales: “Celestine and the Magical Geranium” and “Village of the Heart” (Trafford Publishing). Bruno Bettelheim writes: ”... When naïve painters paint they become story tellers and in their childlike style they weave dreamlike fantasies and symbolic tales on canvas.”
She is also inspired by her "twisted roots", war, pain and suffering. She renders these images on paper in a black-and-white-charcoal-and-ink setting. Negative and positive challenges of her life are transformed into hope-inspiring symbolic images and the animals are messengers of this wisdom, which arises out of the unconscious.
She is a visionary. Naïve art comes from the heart, that’s why naïve painters are also called “Painters of the Heart”. Barbara trusts the images from the unconscious without analyzing them. Michel Forest, Director of the Musee international d’art naïf de Magog, Qc (www.Museedartnaif.com) writes: “Barbara Sala’s world is the world of an adult who explores adult themes in an ongoing introspective conversation with herself… that she generously shares with the public.”
Dr. Rigas Bertos, former chairman of the Department of Art History McGill University, Montreal, writes: “Barbara has managed in her paintings to create a retrospective of human life from the first hesitant steps of youth to the later, even more hesitant step of the old. She has painted for all of us.”
She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Canada (Quebec) and Ontario, the United States and overseas (France, Poland, Spain, Israel, Tunisia). She has won a few prices.
In February 2015 she published "INSECTUAL, the Secret of the Black Butterfly" published with www.Booklocker.com. It is a fictionalized biography which takes place in the Congo, Bavaria and in a psychiatrist’s office. She has also created a blogwww.blog.barbaranaiveart.com to show and analyze the 75 black and white illustrations.