I never describe my paintings or tend to explain them. But when I was making my last series, I contemplated a lot my intention and what drew me to paint the way I do and I came to the idea that all my work is inspired by memories. I remembered for example, how much I loved gardens but never had one of my own. Through the creative process, this became a journey into another reality in which I could express that longing in a poetic way. My paintings are like windows into an alternate universe, formed from images that re-created the past in a unique and beautiful way.
I have always been fascinated by old papers like letters, books or documents. They all seem to me to keep secrets and stories beyond what we can read in them. Some time ago I came across some vintage letters, a treasure ! When I started reading them I realized that they were actual love letters. I inmediately felt that I had to give them a second life and honour them.
The “Love Letters” series of drawings and paintings are brightly colored and abstractly painted. The painting’s playful and vibrant style allows them to express joy and pleasure while keeping the words somehow hidden. Each painting tells its own story within the confines of the paper. The letters still remain a secret, giving the viewer the opportunity to interpret the meaning on their own.
The bright and lively colors add an air of mystery and intrigue to the imagery and help express a new story in a poetic way.
I have prepared each letter a a separate painting, attaching them to a watercolor paper. They are coated with anti UV varnish to protect them from sun exposure (avoid to hang them on a wall that has direct sun light exposure all day). These are gouache paintings, acrylic or watercolor pencils and they are written in Spanich or French. You can find them in this section of my website.
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I am painting in a very interesting typographical book that I found abandoned in a box. I am so happy that I was able to find a way to give this old book a new life, by repurposing it as my art journal. This vintage book serves as an expression for painting without fear of error. I experiment with colors and pencils by making small unintentional paintings.
Any given morning turned into an abstract series of paintings. I take apparently meaningless moments and make them something sublime and special. I recreate life as if it exists in an alternate universe, finding that window through painting. I want my art to inspire others to see the world in new and different ways and to find the beauty and magic in everyday life.
I have always been fascinated by paper because it is not static. It changes all the time and mutates. This means that the work of art is also constantly changing. This is what makes paper so interesting to me. It is always in flux and never the same.
There’s something special about black and white. I love their sobriety and simplicity, yet they are strong and powerful. How to ADD STYLE to your decor with black and white? What we can do with these two colors is endless and I want to share with you ten beautiful products that can add a dramatic effect in your decor!
I really like to read about the “normal” life of artists and to see that every daily experience that seems trivial to them has become part of their creative development, leading them to express art in one way or another. After all, creativity comes from the most unexpected sources. Creativity is everywhere!
This is my story so far:
CHILDHOOD: I did not study much at school, but I always passed everything. I watched a lot of black and white TV and played non stop with my sister (oh yes, Chile in the 70s. That should be another blog post).
UNIVERSITY: I studied graphic design, thinking it was more like art but at that time, computers took over and I didn’t like using computers at all. I realized that my thing was actually artistic work using my hands.
At that time I also made my first abstract paintings – wild and strange creations with hand-made paper -. I devoted myself completely to experimenting with that for a long time and I even wrote a small thesis about the artisan work in design (spoiler alert: a very bad one).
AFTER UNI: I worked as graphic designer with computers, hated it. Quit. Traveled a lot. Arrived in Barcelona and fell in love with someone at the same time as with printmaking. Awesome times!
Then came the day when I signed up for a printmaking course for a few months and when I entered the workshop for the first time, I simply felt that this was my place! Clara Oliva would become my teacher for many years, and to her I owe everything I know in printmaking as well as in expressing myself graphically through abstracts. Several years later, I had a hard time making the decision to go to a workshop on my own and get away from her expertise. I could never separate completely: until last year I was still going to her workshop to do aquatints, methodical and precise technique that contrasts and complements my more improvised and chaotic way of working.
THE STUDIO IN BARCELONA: I left my teacher’s studio and started by myself in a gorgeous old workshop that I shared with other artists. Prolific times developing my work and experimenting with different techniques, work styles, formats and colors.
I generated some great bodies of work and some very bad. I did courses, open workshops and participated in many competitions that allowed me to exhibit my prints at Krakow Triennial in Poland, Guanlan Prints in China and many others. I started selling online.
TODAY: I have less certainty than when I was 20, but I definitely prefer this. I no longer have a printmaking studio due to a slow-life change: I moved from the city life of Barcelona to a small village in South of France. Now I only have a small desk and I have dedicated myself to making illustrations and small paintings. Adapting to working online for my store and website has been quite difficult: the online art world seems a bit false and pretentious to me, but I have to adapt and manage to stand out with honest works. I miss my print studio, but to be honest, not as much as I would have believed it because I found painting! The result was very daring and elegant within so many spots and brushstrokes, I will continue working on it!
What is it that makes black and white abstract paintings so captivating?
I love monochrome paintings because they seem to hide something, they are mysterious pieces of art! Let’s see why:
Black and white are silent colors with a strong personality. They have a lot to say….
They are dramatic, all the time searching for that perfect “ying and yang” balance…
They are elegant, they are always dressed for a party…
They are modest and ready to make any design perfectly restrained…
They are like discreet people, saying a lot only by the look in their eyes…
Do you agree?
I love CMYK colors, I think it is such a cheerful palette to play with. To create this series of abstract paintings first I placed one color at a time and waited for the result, it was fun! These colors illuminate, give life, contrast and movement. It is amazing to create so much energy with only a few colors, they have a personality of their own and not only “just to print something” as we normally see them.
What do you think about this bold color combination?
I have only a desk as a studio nowadays where I’m painting in quite small sizes and also doing a lot of abstract art journal drawings. I miss my former printmaking studio! But a few months ago I had the chance to use for a short period of time an old house who was going to be entirely renovated. That meant that I was able to do anything on it: paint walls, floors, cleaning brushes anywhere, spill paint all over without control. It was … LIBERATING!
I painted a lot in very large formats for the first time. I felt like creating without control and without searching a specific purpose: the place was the perfect chaos that for many years I was trying to control. No boundaries, no meaning, no titles, no right or wrong to the art world. Experimenting with all kinds of mixtures and colors made me aware that those abstracts are the perfect contrast in my life: I do not dare with a lot of “domestic-real” things everyday, but I can really be bold with painting. I felt I could experience that abstract art is about passion, courage and emotions that become real through colors and textures.
I loved the result, it was very daring and elegant within so many spills and brushstrokes! I called them “Color Studies” because I just picked a color I liked and started to interact with paper until they turned into a cohesive body of work, both colorful and monochrome.
What liberating thing have you done recently?
I have created these monochrome ink paintings with the simple idea of contrast: contrast between the color and the paper and contrast between drawing materials. What do you see on these small paintings? Do you try to find a significance on the image or do you see abstract colors and textures?