I am 29 years old, I draw and paint since I can remember and read comics since I was 12. These two elements are joined together and formed my life and my career. I studied cartoon drawing with Quique Alcatena, painting with Martín Riwnyj, and recently serigraphy with Andrea Moccio. Almost a decade ago I started to get into the art circuit, and the last two years have led me to make individual exhibitions in major galleries of Buenos Aires (Crimson, Holz), to take part in important competitions (Chandon, Hebraica, Nacional de Rosario, Félix Amador, CFI), and in group exhibitions abroad (Peru, Spain, Bolivia). On the way I left my psychology studies (just in the half of it, art finally won the competition), but without them I would not be the person I am today.
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
"Truth, justice and lifestyle in Argentina" ["La verdad, la justicia y el estilo de vida argentino"] fully summarizes my work. We have "The Hero" ["El Héroe"] and "Batboy" (third-world and decadent equivalents of Superman and Batman) going towards the adventure. Some strident light-blue and white rays together with a yellow light suggest Argentina's flag in the background. There is tribute and irony, both about the American comic book superheroes and about our own customs: our lack of budget and resources doesn't make our heroes less heroic than those from the north (nor are less valuable the ideals they uphold), but they cannot avoid either the ambiguity of representing an ideal that contradicts itself constantly. The final technique of the work is painting, but there is one previous step when the idea appears (most of my characters emerge as puns, they become names and from then on the image forms in my head), it passes through photography (I take photos of friends and family in disguise to use them as a reference) and the PC (I use the images to make the final layout) until it comes to the canvas (where lately acrylic replaced oil). In the background, there is always the company of music.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
The best way to read my work is with humor, with the ability to be surprised that children have when they read a comic for the first time; with the ability to see the good and the bad side in the same situation, knowing that it is art made by an Argentinian artist in the twenty-first century, and with a certain respect for popular and media culture.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
Situating myself in an artistic tradition is quite complicated: my initial interest was for the comic (mainly about superheroes), and that still prevails at a thematic level. Technically, I cross my classical pictorial training (a mix between Renaissance, Chiaroscuro and Impressionism; impossible to be more pretentious) with a stridence of color typical of Pop Art and the print media. I am also interested in the aesthetics of street art, though I don't produce it. I pay attention to many cartoonists and illustrators of comics: John Cassaday, Bryan Hitch, Alex Ross, Tony Harris. Among the painters, monsters like Lucian Freud and Antonio López, and further back in time Velázquez, Rembrandt. I am very interested in artists more or less close to my generation: Claudio Roncoli, Darío Zana, Martín Riwnyj, Mónica Potenza, Emilio Reato, Carlos Masoch, Germán Wendel, Julio Alan Lepes, Eugenio Cuttica…. I can't remember all the names, but there are many more.
4. Choose works or exhibitions from the last ten or fifteen years which in your opinion were very significant and explain why
I cannot remember specific exhibitions. I was recently very moved by works by Alonso (Carlos), Lepes, Cuttica, Riwnyj. They are significant to my subjectivity, I am interested in this balance between contemporariness, technical skills and substance that these artists have, it is something that I wish to achieve in my own work and which is not seen very often.
5. What tendencies or groupings from common elements do you see in argentine art of the last ten or fifteen years?
I quit; after the four answers above my brain burnt out.