Daniela Bieler: Artist wants to inspire self-determination with nudity

Daniela Bieler: Artist wants to inspire self-determination with nudity

For the artist Daniela Bieler from Lower Franconia (Germany), abstract and figurative art has always been an important form of expression. When she got into the middle of the South American mass protests in Chile during a stay abroad, the decision was made: the art with a strong message as a main profession. In the meantime, the newcomer is represented at her first exhibitions and meets a large number of enthusiastic people.

A stay in Chile as a key experience

The notepad and pen were a faithful companion from a young age. Daniela Bieler was able to express herself artistically at an early age. She made her first nude drawings on paper – a few years later, she transferred them to canvas. Later she experimented mainly with liquid acrylic paints and gold. When the Bavarian artist spent half a year in Chile in 2019 as part of her business studies, she found herself in the middle of the burgeoning mass protests against social inequality and for more self-determination. "That was very upsetting for me. Everything suddenly stood still," Bieler says. Infected by the urge for freedom, the art-loving student got herself brushes, canvases, and paints on the spot – even setting up a small studio in the capital. Bieler was able to express herself through her art. Partly with figurative paintings, mainly of female bodies, partly by means of abstract works. For her, the conviction matured that "you should simply do what excites you and what you stand for," she says. While still on site, Bieler sold some of the finished paintings. To this day, some of the works are still with her friends in South America.

Photo: Tobias Clemens Richter

Making art her profession

Upon returning to Germany, it was clear to Daniela Bieler that she wanted to make art her profession. So, in addition to her own website, she created more paintings in figurative and abstract styles. "For me, the two simply belong together," says the artist. Many of her paintings she has already vaguely in mind beforehand. In her abstract works, however, she usually lets herself be driven by her feelings or music. Many days often pass before a work is to her satisfaction. Some paintings also take several weeks. Bieler primarily uses a color palette of muted earth tones. "I started with bright colors - but that's not me," says the Franconian. Her works are often inspired by clothing styles and encounters. When Bieler paints, she is completely with herself. Then she forgets everything around her and gives the colors and shapes their space. For this, she also uses spray, gold leaf, salt, and sand, among other things.

Photo: Tobias Clemens Richter

Art experts are enthusiastic

Last year, Daniela Bieler was able to participate in her first exhibition. In the process, a buyer purchased her most expensive work of art to date for a four-digit sum. For the Franconian, this is a great appreciation of her work. All in all, she is fascinated by the way she deals with interested parties in conversations on-site. Often these have completely their own interpretations of their works. In recent months, numerous other exhibitions followed. A total of 40 paintings changed hands. In the meantime, the artist is even receiving inquiries for special commissions. Nevertheless, the former business administration student will be taking a step back in the coming period. She wants to find a way to combine her two styles even better.

Setting an example for the strength of women

For Daniela Bieler, painting is far more than an expression of creativity. Above all, she wants to advertise with it. To advertise for a self-determined life. With her art, she wants to motivate people not only to think about their goals but to start living their thoughts and dreams. At the same time, her nude paintings are meant to encourage women to stand up for themselves. "Every woman should feel good in her body so that this also has a positive effect on all other areas of life," affirms the Franconian. For her, art is always also an important space for messages. Thus, the impressions of the mass protests in South America continue to shape her thoughts to this day, and thus also her works of art.

Photo: Tobias Clemens Richter

Those who would like to get a more detailed picture of Bieler's works can find a corresponding selection on Instagram under @danielabieler.art and at https://www.danielabieler.com/, among other places.

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