My name is Alessandra Tortone and I love being a Mural/ Street Artist. I cannot say that enough, it is what I am and who I am at my very deepest core. I make Street Art of all kinds. Walls murals that include, children murals (including nursery art) and street art. And I have worked with many private homes and commercial places like schools, bars, restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and other corporate establishment.
I started my journey into the world of art when I was 19 years old. Still so young and somewhat unsure but with the support and love of my family I was able to turn my art into a venture that I can now be very proud of. I’ve worked with so many amazing and talented street Artists, both international and local. And I bring all of that to my work.
My Art keeps me sane, pays the bills and allows me explore. But above all my art is a way for me to connect with everything around me.Every art I do is always a reflection of my client, what they want, what they feel, what inspires or calms them. I remember this one time I created a wall art for a client. She referred to it as a zen corner. It became a place that complemented her garden and inspired her during yoga class. Of course you don’t necessarily need art around you when you do yoga but I believe that a touch of paint or changing colours can change the whole environment. It can give it a calm and relaxing effect. You should see this client’s zen corner, it is absolutely beautiful.
I find too that my art is a way of me to travel into and get to know other beautiful and diverse cultures. Once I got so inspired that I did some beautiful wall art depicting images of beautiful African women in their culture. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some really amazing African countries; like Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana and I try as much as possible to celebrate their culture through my art. I believe that art is just another way for us to unite and get to know each other better.
Between Window Art and wall art I cannot honestly tell which is my favourite. I enjoy creating all of them and I take the opportunity to do this wherever and whenever I can. I remember this one time I created this window art with a Christmas theme. It had the cutest Christmas scenes. The windows shone and it made me very happy to imagine people walking past the windows with a smile on their face. I think for me that’s the best part of being a Mural and street Artist, to take something quite mundane and turn it into something extraordinary.
I love, love doing children murals. Children are so special and when I create murals for kids, I try to infuse as much magic and innocence as possible. Recently, with the help of some amazing little kids, I painted a Mural for their school library. The school was closed, but it was still open for children of key workers. So as a surprise, the teacher decided to use the time to create a new Mural as a surprise for when the kids come back to school. I cannot wait to see the excitement and surprises on their faces when they return back to school and see a mural brighten the wall of their library.
In my time as a street Artist, I have created all kinds of mural art. From children murals, to window art, to street art. Even a famous painting. That’s right, this one time my parents commissioned the Monalisa. It was not my usual art but when your parents commission you to paint the Monalisa, you just Obey. It took me a while to paint it, but I choose to call that a labour of love.