YOU USED TO ACTUALLY WORK IN AN AGENCY AS GRAPHIC DESIGNER, RIGHT? AND THEN YOU JUST DECIDED TO STOP TO FOCUS ON YOUR OWN THING. WHY?
Yes, I worked as an art director for 12 years in some advertising agencies. At the beginning it was fun to work there, I learned a lot from colleagues, clients, and working trips, nevertheless I felt that my talent wasn‘t coming out. In advertising and design you create messages according the client’s brief and that wasn’t enough for me, I felt the necessity to express my own ideas and my personal point of view of life through art. On the other hand, I was sick of the “office worker” way of living; traffic jams, belonging to the corporate world and the hierarchy.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TO PAINT?
I’ve been painting and drawing since I was a child, although I engaged in the profession in 2013. I’m a self-taught, so during this time I´ve been exploring painting and drawing in order to define my posture of aesthetic identity as an artist.
THE PRECISION OF YOUR PAINTING IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE, HOW DID MORE TOWARD SURREALISM?
I like to work on details and I am a stubborn person, so I guess it has to do with that. The surrealism I really don’t, know, it just happened.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE THAT YOU’VE DRAWN?
Some of them are portraits and some others are no one in particular. For me it’s not important who is the person behind the painting but the emotion inside of it.
I LIKE TO SEE THE HUMAN SPECIES AS A ZOO. AT THE END WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT IN A WAY, AND THIS FEELING GETS STRONGER WHEN I LOOK AT YOUR ART
Yes, we are all different from the outside, our bodies and personal histories grow through diverse paths – although I think we all share the same emotions on the inside. Actually we are another animal specie on earth, and from my personal point of view that’s one of our biggest issues as the human race; learning to embrace our animal part.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE HUMAN BODY AS YOUR MAIN SUBJECT?
I’ve always been perplexed by the human body. It is an amazing and beautiful machinery equipped to walk, think, pee etc… but not just that. The body for me is the container of our spiritual and temporal history. Every single cell of our body is coated with emotions, and we learn to be humans through the material nature of the body, so what I try to do with my work is to incarnate those emotions such as x-ray photographs of the feelings living within.
LOOKING AT YOUR WORK I SEE DISTORTED SHAPES AND PIECES OF BODIES PUT TOGETHER. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THE STORY IS BEHIND YOUR ART?
Every time I´m asked about it I answer in a different way, but I´ll try to explain it to you. I guess the inspiration behind my work comes from the observation of myself and people around me, and what I mean for observation is a deep inspection of the feelings and emotions that make us act in certain way through our experiences with daily struggles. Life itself is distorted for me, the human experience is trapped between emotions, we live reacting among love and fear whether we are aware of our feelings or not. Humanity is capable of the most terrible acts as well as the most loving ones. We live inside this yin and yang and somehow my work tries to reflect about the dark side of it; about the things that as humanity and individuals we deny to see. There is a C.Jung quote I love which illustrates the whole idea, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” It is therefore why we need to feel misanthropy to become philanthropists and vice versa – the darkness is the seed of light.
YOUR ART HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE QUEEER THEORY OR FEMINISM? IS NOT EASY TO KNOW THE GENDER OF YOUR CHARACTERS.
Yes, it is undeniable. And for this I appeal again to the theme of duality, we can not classify human sexuality in fixed universal categories such as male or female, heterosexual or homosexual, blue for boys or pink for girls.
Nothing is completely feminine or masculine but one is contained within the other, which is why the characters that I represent in my work generally have an uncertain or ambiguous sexuality. I think it's time to demystify the body along with the fictitious sexual identities and limiting, stop judging and respect the plasticity of true human sexual nature.