HERRAIZ art Gallery, Madrid
From today, 22 May 2021, I am one of the HERRAIZ Art Gallery painters in Madrid, a space where I have been welcomed with open arms.
This is the beginning of a new and exciting stage for me as a painter. Thank you, Carlos, for the welcome.
I have always liked drawing and painting. It has been that way for as long as I can remember. Although I come from a middle-class family without an artistic tradition, I have drawn since I was a child, as something absolutely natural, vocational and necessary for me.
When I was a child, there was no better gift than a box of crayons or a case with coloured pencils. Painting is part of my own language and I enjoy it enormously. I remember my years as a student at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid as one of the happiest periods of my life.
There are many types of artistic manifestations that I like, from great classical painting to abstract expressionism or pop-art. But, for my painting, what really interests me is figuration (or “representational painting”, as my dear teacher Antonio Zarco used to say), which is what I most identify with.
I believe that whatever one does in life, one has to be, above all, true to oneself, even in spite of any negative criticism that may be levelled at one’s work. That is why I paint still lifes and landscapes, sometimes figuratively, because I like them and because they are part of my reality, my surroundings and my travels, because they are part of my life. I have rarely painted something that I have not experienced, if I have not lived it, I cannot feel it, and therefore I cannot paint it.
In my paintings you can clearly see the reality that surrounds me, the objects, people and places that are part of my personal experience. They all play a leading role and also show their most beautiful side. This is, perhaps, what I try to capture in my canvases: the beauty of the world that comes through my window through my eyes and my senses and that becomes part of my reality”.
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