Aida is a delightful young lady with severe and complex special needs which impact on all areas of daily life. She was born in Bosnia in 1997 and placed directly in to the state orphanage in Sarajevo. Aida was adopted, aged 5, by Julie, a British volunteer working in the orphanage, and came to live in the UK in 2002.
As a child she engaged in lots of art activities at home and at school, particularly loving opportunities to play with colour. Then, in 2016 Aida was encouraged by Denise at Downs View Link College to paint a picture of the helter-skelter on the end of Brighton Pier. The painting received a lot of attention and inspired Julie to encourage her to paint some more Brighton scenes. They were stunning and Aida’s talent became apparent.
Aida attended St John’s College from 2016 – 2019, where she painted with support from Ed and Harry. She now continues to paint at home and at Project Art Works. To begin with, Aida needed a lot of support to paint, needing her attention brought to every line, shadow, colour, etc. She is now much more independent, mainly just needing prompting to keep her focussed.
Aida’s first big exhibition was at Café Plenty in 2017. Since then, her work has featured in a number of exhibitions, including a huge solo exhibition at the BAi360 in Sept/Oct 2018.
You can see more of her artwork at www.aidas-art.com