The Powerful Women Portraits of Alessandra Genualdo

Italian-born, London-based illustrator Alessandra Genualdo is greatly inspired by the female figure, with her portraits all revolving around women. Those seem to stare directly at the viewer. A somewhat uneasy gaze that lingers on long after you’ve looked away from the paintings themselves.

“My illustrations and paintings reflect my personal life and emotions, and the way the characters evolve reflect the way my perception of myself evolves through time,” said Genualdo in an interview with Creative Boom.

“With my fine art pieces, I mostly rely on my imagination, although many of the works I produce have been influenced by what surrounds me, my memories, women I have met, so can be considered a metaphorical reinterpretation of reality,” she says.

“I use quite simple shapes and a limited color palette,” she adds. “I am attracted to decorative motifs like flowers and leaves, as a representation of the natural world I feel a connection with.” Indeed, the natural world seems to peek through her portraits. Take a look for yourself: