Cristina Troufa – An Inspiration to Art Students

By The Arty Teacher - May 28, 2019

I can show students a range of artists work and if Cristina Troufa is in the mix, there are certain to be several students who choose to look at her work.  I shouldn’t be surprised.  The first time I saw her work I did a double take.  It’s not often that you look at an artists work and think – that’s different.  In my eyes she’s mastered the art of ‘less is more’ and turned the idea of negative space on it’s head.  Her self-portraits, with repeated images of herself, have a narrative quality.  I love asking students what they notice about the clothing of the figures in her paintings and seeing the moment when they realise that the clothing is usually the same colour as the background.  I’ve been lucky enough to question Troufa about her work.

Cristina Troufa

Were you interested in art at school?

“I was always interested in art, because since very young I knew that I want to be an artist, a painter.”

Cristina Troufa

Was your art teacher an influence on you?

“Some more than others, but all of them were very important to my growth. We can learn always something, even small things that will be necessary to understand art and help us how we may improve our talents.”

Cristina Troufa

Do you keep a sketchbook?

“I have a small book where I put all kind of things that I have to do and all kind of information to don´t forget it. In that book I also draw some sketches of ideas that I have for new paintings.”

Troufa painting

What are the major themes in your work?

“Life, death, resilience, love, memories, lessons of life, my childhood, spirituality, self growth… All about how I see my life and life in general. The eternal seeking of knowing what I am doing here, who I am, and what happens after death.”

What practical advice would you give students who were trying to make work inspired by yours?

“To look much longer time for the photo they are trying to copy, than to the painting that they are doing.”

Cristina Troufa Unusual Perspective

Troufa is a Portuguese artist based in Porto.  She has exhibited in solo and group shows all over the world. See more of her work here:



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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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8 responses to “Cristina Troufa – An Inspiration to Art Students”

  1. Jane says:

    Very interesting. The style reminds me of those half finished portraits by Lawrence and others where the face is done but the clothes only sketched in, maybe to be finished by a student. They also have that quality of leaping out of the page. And of course the technique really makes you concentrate on the essentials of highlights and deep shadows. I imagine that you want your photos to be taken with a good strong light source. And – if you’re planning a multiple-image picture – to make sure the light is coming from the same direction for each figure. As the artist says – spend a lot of time thinking about the photo before you pick up a brush.

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Hi Jane, Thanks for your comment. Yes, I’m sure thinking about the photography and light source is essential.

  2. Gladys Sigei says:

    This is the second time i am getting a chance to study what you share. Keep up the good work. Personally, I am grateful.

  3. Calvin kiggundu says:

    Love yo approaches
    I am an high sxhool art teacher in Uganda n I learn a lot from u
    Calvin kiggundu
    Kampala Uganda
    Kitante hill school.

  4. Emilia Perone says:

    Omg looks like their actually standing there in person! Amazing talent x

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