Lali Torma

Montreal, Kanada

Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery


Die Künstlerin Lali Torma sieht sich als „Oberflächen Pilgerin“


Lali Torma (1975, Onesti, RO) betrachtet die Oberfläche als die zarteste äußere Darstellung eines inneren Zustands. Die Künstlerin liebt es, ihr Unterbewusstsein zu erkunden. Während sich Torma bei der Komposition ihrer Malereien und Zeichnungen von ihrem Unterbewusstsein leiten lässt, entstehen durch wiederholte Bewegungen einzigartige Oberflächen. Dieser intuitive künstlerische Gestaltungsprozess resultiert in einer unverwechselbaren Ästethik von Lali Tormas Kunstwerken, die sich durch Mehrdimensionalität, kräftige Farben und starke Muster charakterisieren lassen.

"Coming from a subconscious full of landscapes, urban moods, science fiction, geology and mathematics, my paintings are transformational images of emotions and energy twisted by accidents with one result: a new unexpected but somehow familiar universe."

Mit der Auswahl der Farbe und ihrem besonderen Farbauftrag spielt Lali Torma mit der Wahrnehmung von Linien und Räumen. Im Fokus ihrer abstrakten Kompositionen stehen Landschaften und urbane Geometrien, die uns einen Blick in eine unerwartete aber ebenso vertraute Welten freigeben.


Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery


Die Arbeiten aus unterschiedlichen Serien weisen mit Titeln wie „Boarders of Canada“, „Prisms Series“, „Digital Series“ oder „Time Series“ auf die Einflüsse der Künstlerin hin. In den klaren Strukturen und Formen der Malerei ist Lali Tormas Faszination für naturwissenschaftliche Aspekte genauso erkennbar, wie die Verarbeitung ihrer Eindrücke eines kanadischen Winters bei der Auswahl der Farbe und ihrem Auftrag auf die Leinwand.

In ihrem Prozess und der formalen Gestaltung ist Lali Torma von abstraktem Expressionismus und dabei besonders vom Action Painting beeinflusst. Die Arbeiten der autodidaktischen Künstlerin entstehen in einem spontanen Ablauf, bei dem sie die vorab sorgsam ausgewählten Farben zusammenbringt und ihre Emotionen auf der Leinwand in schneller Folge in Strukturen und Formen wandelt.

Diese Freiheit ist für die gebürtige rumänische Künstlerin in ihrer Kunst sehr wichtig. Die Malereien von Lali Torma sind wie in sich geschlossene Universen, die in ihrem Unterbewusstsein entstehen. Beeinflusst von Landschaften, urbanen Stimmungen, Science Fiction, Geometrie und Mathematik schafft die Künstlerin einzigartige neue Welten und lässt den Betrachter darin eintauchen.


Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery


Interview mit Lali Torma (2015)


We met at the opening of BERLINER LISTE 2015. How do you feel about the step out of the studio and into the art market?

I came to Berlin at the end of 2014. In 2015 I concentrated on my internal process and producing my art. I was working a lot in my studio. Exhibiting at BERLINER LISTE 2015 was a catalyst for me to show my art. It was the point where I felt the search inside has to be balanced with exposing.

And now I feel I am really prepared for the next step: presenting my art in a gallery. In the beginning of 2016 I realized my first solo show “Boarders of Canada” which contained three different themes that were related and brought together in one exhibition. It gave me the confidence to show my art to the public and to present it to the art market.

We are curious to learn more about you and your art. When did you start with your artistic work?

I think I started very early with my artistic work, but I have not been encouraged by people around me. I was always drawing on the boarders of my notebooks and I was good in using colors but never did figurative works. First of all, I was good in mathematics. In communist Romania that was really important. I was not interested in figurative works and in drawing faces, people, landscapes which was the requirement for being a good artist in communism. I was interested in patterns and colors and their mixture. So, I was encouraged to concentrate on mathematics and definitely not arts.

When I was 18 years old I moved to Canada and started a career in Finance. And 13 years ago, in 2003, I started to paint just out of the blue. It was a need and a balancing act. Slowly art took more and more place in my life.

When I moved to Paris, I started to be further and further focused on art. And I got closer to my real self and realized that Finance was not my fulfillment. I left my job in Finance and, at the end of 2014, came to Berlin to be an artist, a full time artist.


Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery


And what is your art about? You said abstract art is interesting for you. How would you describe your process?

Freedom is very important in my art. Going with the flow. Working with the subconscious. And I am always amazed by the results. I look at my paintings and I learn new things. Even more amazing is when people look at my painting and they come up with their ideas, their solutions and their universe.

“It’s like uncorking a bottle of wine. I would like my art to be the corkscrew of that bottle.”

With my abstract art I am trying to create new images to stimulate the brain of the viewer to think differently, to learn something new about ourselves, to give us new ideas, a new way of understanding us and the world. I see my paintings like a small universe. I see their 3-dimensionality.

I do not start painting with a defined image, I start with color, with light and the painting builds itself gradually. I am creating a whole new world. But I have discovered that this world exists in my subconscious and I am just picking images, like glimpses, and bring them here. As I am working with my profound self, the imagery becomes complex. It is not only a geographic place but a place with people, movies, states of mind, and most importantly, with emotions.

Abstract art has the necessary freedom because what I see in an abstract painting is not the same as others see. It is one’s own interpretation.


Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery

Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery

Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery


On which artwork are you working on right now?

Now I am finishing the first painting of the Red Series. This series started with the red tape idea, with the idea of being restricted. Red is a complicated color. There are two sides of it. Red was from central significance in communism. There is also red tape, the bureaucracy in government. Red is to me a strong color of pressure in terms of abusive power. At the same time, red is such a feminine and sensual color which has the exact opposite meaning and fascinated me to start a Red Series.

Simultaneously I am working on a secret geometrical series that deals with how we see light in space. Besides the paintings, I have an installation and video in mind because I like to work with the space and to create something for a space specifically.

What is your influence when you work on several series? Are there role models you have regarding your art or is it an occasion or person?

The freedom of movement is incredible and essential for me. I was inspired by Jean-Paul Riopelle when I went to the exposition in Montreal. I also liked the freedom in the works of Jackson Pollock very much. And both were big influences in the beginning: abstract expressionists, both Northern Americans.

When I came back to Europe one of the biggest steps in deciding to be an artist was when I went to Tate Modern in London 2009 and saw the Gerhard Richter’s Cage series. They showed me the way.

I would like to add Rothko and his connection to the spiritual, Caravaggio with his magnificent blacks and the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama with her wonderful patterns. They have a permanent place in my soul. Their art went into my black box and forever altered my process.

Is it your way of developing as self-taught artist?

Yes. It is learning every day. Keep your eyes wide open and welcome all new ideas. I also learn from my own paintings.


Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery

Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery


Regarding the last 12 months, which is the most important artwork for you?

I would say that the Prism series was really important for me. I learned a lot about concentrating on a series.

And with the two “Caesium Clocks” paintings I got to something essential. These works are very important for me. They simplified my process and, at the same time, I got the most freedom out of them. Every painting is a starting point to develop further. These two felt like a bigger step compared to the other ones.

You moved to Berlin in 2014. So, after a year and a half, how much “Berlin” is included in your artworks now?

Berlin is very present in my paintings. There is a lot of Black and Blue, darkness, squares, lines, the very urban look of Berlin. There was a period of getting used to Berlin. For example my work “Prior to Deconstruction” is pure Berlin. This first year was intense, this adaptation period. Berlin was giving me a gift and saying “Welcome”. Now we get along. We are like an old couple. It is a very homey feeling.

Your paintings contain a lot of power and the urban character. Berlin is for you now?

It is definitely home. I live in a building that looks exactly like my childhood building.

What are your visions related to art and your artworks?

I would like to have the possibility to realize all the many projects I have in my mind.

I would like to bring back art into our lives as it used to be. If you think about the Renaissance movement, it was driven by art. We are so driven by technology and science now and art is secondary, it’s only for decoration, for the elite and the wealthy. I would like art to come back into our society. I think that would be a great shift for all of us.


Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery

Artist Lali Torma | Painter | weartberlin online gallery


seit 2021 lebt und arbeitet als freischaffende Künstlerin in Montreal (CA)
2019 - 2020 lebt und arbeitet als freischaffende Künstlerin in Nizza (FR)
2014 - 2019 lebte und arbeitete als freischaffende Künstlerin in Berlin (DE)
2011 - 2014   lebte und arbeitete als freischaffende Künstlerin in Paris (FR)
1995 - 2009   lebte, studierte und arbeitete in Montreal (CA)
1975 geboren in Onesti (RO)



Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Galerie weartberlin, Hamburg (DE)
forma - figura - exemplar (Group Show), Galerie weartberlin, Berlin Art Week, Berlin (DE)


Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Galerie weartberlin, Hamburg (DE)


Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Galerie weartberlin, Hamburg (DE)
KÖLNER LISTE 2017 – fair for contemporary art, Galerie weartberlin, XPOST, Cologne (DE)


Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Galerie weartberlin, Hamburg (DE)
Anima Lamina (Solo Show), ECC Kreativstadt, Berlin (DE)
Boarders of Canada - Memories of Ice (Solo Show), ECC Kreativstadt, Berlin (DE)


BERLINER LISTE 2015 – fair for contemporary art, Kraftwerk, Berlin (DE)
Digital Series (Group Show), ECC Kreativstadt - Open Studios Weekend, Berlin (DE)


Lali Torma

WERKE VON Lali Torma

  • Farfala di fumo
  • Coulis de Framboise
  • Watermelon Powder
  • Rusty Lime
  • Evergreen Fold
  • Rich Blue
  • Old Sunlight Fold
  • Bubbly Violet
  • Vert Malin
  • Old Gold
  • Raspberry Cream Sheer Folds
  • Old Lavender
  • Smokey Lavender Escape
  • Sunlight Melt
  • Smoky Lavender Sheer Folds
  • Violette ARMA
  • Lavender Blue
  • Frankie Goes to Montreal
  • Sea Green
  • Onyx-Dekonstruktion
  • Grüne ARMA
  • Icy Green
  • Vor Dekonstruktion
  • Pixel 1
  • Prisma 12 - Gesteinströmung
  • Prisma 16 – Verbotener Fluss
  • Prisma 18 – Sonniges Silber
  • Prisma 6 - Kleiner Fluss
  • Nadel im Schnee
  • Pink November
  • Prisma 15 – Sonnenuntergang Rubin
  • Prisma 19 – Türkise Dämmerung
  • Prisma 13 - Pinker Nil
  • Prisma 14 – Iceberg Under Line
  • Pine Frost
  • Poudre d’Auvergne
  • Aqua Sheer Folds
  • Sea Blue Sheer Folds
  • Deep Green Bend
  • Bubbly Orange
  • Burly Alabaster
  • Choco Puff
  • Wild Chalk
  • Unter Druck
  • Prisma 17 – Amarant Dunst
  • Raspberry Cream Fold
  • Prisma 2 - Türkiser Schimmer
  • Prisma 3 - zirkumbinäre Dämmerung
  • Prisma 8 - Manganprise
  • Prisma 10 - Schaumiger Amethyst
  • Prisma 9 - Aventurin-Quarz
  • Prisma 11 - Alte Kirche Rubin
  • Scotch und Zigarren
  • Opal-Gezeiten
  • Steinblut
  • Querschnitt