Interview on Thursday, November 2nd
Yes, I was born in Chile, I left Santiago to learn about other cultures and expand my knowledge. In Chile I felt a little bored, I wanted to discover the world, I was a total adventurer without fear of anything, my heart felt the hurry to take flight so I did it.
I think that this is something I am always discovering and is endless. In my case, my first memory of recognizing I could do “magic” with common things, was when I was 5 years old and I discovered that I could use the flower’s color petals as painting, and I started to paint with them. That’s when the magic started…
When I was 23 I came to live alone in United States and I asked for a sign, and the Universe answered me clearly, I was driving by a street in my neighborhood and there I found it ... thrown away like garbage in a corner was a large wooden easel, a canvas with an old paint and a large spatula to mix colors. I started painting in that lectern and from there, seventeen years have passed and many paintings were born since that magical encounter. And here I am - still painting ... art is my whole life and I have a commitment from my soul.
I have several ways to start my day. First I connect with my powers, in my infinite metaphysical world.
Then I have my cup of coffee and I paint, I drink more coffee and I paint. I listen to music and I paint. I listen to the silence and I paint, I listen to my heartbeat and I paint. I feel the process of painting and I enjoy it to the maximum.
Being in my studio I connect with my intuitive state, and I enjoy to the maximum what I love most in life, painting.
Usually I begin to create a large idea of the painting I want to create and then I try to envision and approach it in a more detailed way. Then, I execute the thoughts onto canvas intuitively. In this process the painting evolves, starts to come alive, and surprises me with its own voice and a strong immediate self-expression.
I am working on a project that mixes paintings and concepts. it focuses on pure silent poetry. I've also been making a number of large scale paintings, which are very physically + mentally demanding; but I am enjoying the whole approach. As my essence is quite rebel, I'm using that energy in a well-guided manner. I am daring to mix everything and I'm very entertained in the process.
I do not have a favorite, the types of painting have been intuitively born without any planning and I hope this continues to happen.
My favorites are all those I want to paint.
Crossed Destinies. For me that painting is unique and has a lot of mystic and intellectual energy, even though it was created in a very intuitive way. It is very difficult for me to express that painting in words. It has to be experienced.
I find that my work is constantly evolving.
Mmmmm Yes, many things ... the famous bubble of art is a reality.
I would also like that the talent and the quality of the work of artists is valued more. Today there are many artists and curators with a lot of blah-blah-blah and poor visual quality.
I believe that the art world has been transformed into a world of connections, charlatans and opportunists. The positive thing in all of this, they want to admit it or not, is that a good artwork speaks for itself and that is what is important for us the real artists.
Inspiration can be a “cliché” word, and I believe in working hard.
Inspiration can find me in any place and at any time, but for me the true one is when I am in the middle of a painting when it suddenly comes to life. Everyday of my life I think in terms of art and the “communication with inspiration” is a continuous process in which I develop day by day. I could say that there are certain places that seduce me much more to paint. Usually my art studio is where I am completely free and solely guided by painting - but I can feel a painting in any space, such as when I am driving, or looking at the ocean, or listening to music, or in silence, or in the chaos of an urban environment...
Gerhard Richter - our works have similar connections. When I had the opportunity to see his artwork at the Tate Modern in London, it was a revelation on the frequency I shared with an artist. Our work doesn't need long explanations: they speak for themselves.
I also find the work of Katharina Grosse fascinating and powerful.
Music is my great companion when I paint, although I also often like to be silent in my creative process.