about the artist
Frida was born in Kruje, Albania. On most of her family trips she used to sketch the places she visited. Since then, she realized to pursue her career in this domain. Frida completed her Master’s in Architecture from Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania in 2010.
Her brother was the first person to recognize her talent as a kid and her mother supported her with all kinds of tools she needed for sketching.
Professionally she has more than a decade of experience in Exterior and Interior Design. She has won the prestigious runners up award for Architectural Sketch Competition by B.I.G. Enterprises in California www.bigbooth.com in 2017 where more than 13,000 invitations were sent to current or former students of the 81 Universities in the U.S recognized by either the National Architectural Accrediting board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
She believes that being an artist is something that one is born to do and cannot be learned only at school. She went on to study through practical experience, learning through trial and error and self learning studying the works of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid on organic shapes design. Organic shapes in buildings appealed to her massively. She is an avid traveller and likes exploring new places. She documents the places visited by reproducing them in her own style with her unique form of illustrations. She moved to Toronto, Canada in 2018. She feels Toronto is magical and it has given her the great opportunity to explore new spots every day.
Her favorite techniques are fast pencil sketches, watercolor, ink illustrations and digital coloring in Photoshop. She always embraces new techniques and challenges like canvas, acrylic and oil style painting. One of such occasions was to paint a live Ottawa Tulip Festival, accounts to be one of her favourites. Recently, she has experimented painting with coffee – she calls it water-coffee technique. One fine morning while she was having her coffee the fragrance and music played got her an urge to try out painting with coffee. Her first coffee painting was the Iconic Gooderham Building in Toronto.