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Eugenia Loli

I’ve been a fan of Surrealist art since I can remember. I bought my very first “art book” when I was about thirteen. From Woolworths.Copper lamp and Van Gogh I felt so grown up. Which was probably undermined by grabbing a bag of pick n’ mix shortly after.

I flipping loved this book though, so much so it’s followed me to every place i’ve lived. Now sitting on a table in my living room. I still flick through it from time to time and am drawn to the same pieces I was over twenty years ago.

René Magritte has always been the one to make to smile. The Son of Man is probably his most recognisable piece (the man with the bowler hat and apple in front of his face). But you may also recognise some of his other works too. All of which I love.

(Clockwise from top left)

The Son of Man, The Treachery of Images, Not to be Reproduced, The Lovers II

Remember, I added a pipe to the gallery wall in the Sherwood Forest project as a nod to Magritte’s, The Treachery of Images?


“Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” Well actually, this one is.

And so, nearly a century after Magritte, surrealist art continues to present new ideas, challenging views and perceptions about “the self”, society, life, love and everything in between. Which leads me nicely onto an artist i’ve been admiring for a while.

Let me introduce you to Eugenia Loli. An artist who creates, in her own words; “Surreal, modern vintage collage prints.” Something i’m really excited about.


Rocky Start

Eugenia is a Greek born artist now living in California. Her work has appeared in an long list of publications including Harper’s Bazaar US, Vogue ITA, Cosmopolitan US and Wired UK.


Exoplanet Cocktail

“It’s important for me to “say” something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a “narrative” scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted.”


Spring Crop at the Rosseland Crater

“After a lifelong battle with my health, I finally found it in September of 2011. When that happened, my brain sort of re-wired. Art was what happened next, almost all by itself.”


Stress Test

“Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot.”



This weekend (like, right now) Eugenia is offering 10% off everything in her store. And i’m really struggling with what to choose. Surprise.


Hanging On

The colour combinations in each piece are stunningly vibrant and would most definitely sing out loud on a gallery wall. Or could simply hang alone as a real piece of statement art.



I love how she uses iconic vintage images and cleverly melds them together with rather macabre additions. Taking something romantic and innocent from the past to a whole new level of present day darkness.


Gold Digging


Encapsulated by Double Quotes

These two pieces would be perfect side by side don’t you think?


Every Act of Creation is First an Act of Destruction

And some exploding heads to end with. I think we can all associate with that one. Go and take at the rest of her work, i’ve added just ten from my favourites, but there are so many more.

What do you think? You like? Let me know if you decide to treat yourself to something… i’m still trying to decide which one (probably two) to choose. Eeek!


  1. Fabulous, as ever! I share your love of Magritte – you must get to the Magritte museum in Brussels if you ever visit – it’s pretty cool. And what a great new take on surrealism! Thanks for the intro. Think I like Stress Test the best.
    Although I’m now mad at you because you’ve got me thinking about pic n mix. Mmmmmm…pic n mix…..J x

    • Thanks Jill. I sure will make sure I visit there if we ever make it over to Brussels. Never been there before so it would be lovely to explore. Glad to introduce you to Eugenia’s work. I love it x

  2. Quite brilliant, their is a surrealist in aii of , through many phases of who,s existences . Member seeing Klimp at the Gate in Liverpool . It was the drawings , other, artist around him , the period , it completed a bigger , for me a greater appreciation of the Arts ,and the history of the time, Tesserac

    • I think you can take what you want from it Karen. Some are rather cryptic and involve a much deeper meaning and others are pretty easy to work out. I love Gold Digging too. Great image!x

  3. So utterly fantastic. Thanks so much for introducing me to this artist!! Really amazing, thoughtful work with just enough edge and intrigue. I’m so tempted to get something myself but god, I have no more walls to decorate! I reckon I need to start getting rid of some of my things first *headdesk* xxx

    • I so know what you mean. I fall hard for so much artwork that I could cover my entire wall space with endless prints. I could see so many of these in your house Ms Duran… 😉 xx

  4. kate says

    These are beautiful Karen – thanks for the introduction! I particularly love Stress Test and Encapsulated by Double Quotes xx

  5. carolepoirot says

    Love Magritte and some of Loli’s pieces are great too – though they’re admittedly not quite me. But that’s the thing with art, it’s all very subjective and I’m by no means an expert 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to a new artist xo

  6. Woah! I’m gonna have nightmare’s with some of those…a bit too Tales of the Unexpected for me…I am going to order the handdrawn NY map this week for hubbie though!

    • Ha. Yep, not for everyone. And these were the tame ones too. Good to hear you’re getting the NY map this week too. Excellent choice!

  7. I do like Magritte’s work and can definitely appreciate Eugenia’s paintings even though it isn’t very me but that’s the beauty about art – it is very subjective and some pieces just literally call out your name and you are simply just drawn to them. I seem to be drawn to Gold digging, it’s quite a fantastic piece and very opposite to my usual taste… Thank you for the introduction! x

  8. My first art book was about Gustav Klimt, and I remember my older, too-cool-for-school sis telling me how I would grow out of liking such decorative art and appreciate modernism as I get older, waving a Rothko catalogue at me. But guess who went on to do postgrad research on turn-of-the-century Viennese art? So I like how you’ve held on to your Surrealist book and it still influences you and your tastes. I wonder which prints you have chosen?

    • Yes, it’s a good sign I guess that the things we still love now as adults are the things that really do define our real taste and true style. Surrealism always clicked with me. I think it suits my cynical, sarcastic and slightly dark view on life. I still haven’t decided which one/two to get… am rubbish!

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