Bacalao self 3How did you become interested in art?

I was always sensitive to issues involving handcrafts. My father was an engineer, and to him it was important that I be able to use drawing as a way to complement language-that I could represent my ideas through diagrams. I grew up in Quintana Roo, which in that moment did not have galleries, museums or Internet. I came in contact with art when I was a teenager and discovered various branches of cinema, literature and visual arts. Eventually, I went to Jalapa to study arts. It had a multicultural environment that contributed to the development of what my work is today.

What do you think of drawing as a medium?

I think the artistic practice of drawing has displaced it as part of language. In other words, to begin with, drawing is inherent and natural to the human being. At one point, we discover drawings are linked to art and aesthetics, then judgments emerge according to the visual qualities of a drawing, when the drawing is much more than its application on the piece.

What is your process when making a piece?

In the process of constructing my pieces, I don’t start from a concrete idea, but reflect and construct similarly to how I would write an essay. It is constantly growing and developing. My work consists of visual reflections that are not possible to verbally translate in an accurate manner. To me, painting is a way of coming close to reality, appropriating it, internalizing it, searching a bit. The same objectives are not present in every painting. Painting can be many things, for example a question or a reflection.

Where do you get the inspiration for your work?

To me, the matter of will is very important; the decision to practice and to be defined by what you do. Structurally, that relates to improvisation, which is very present in my work. With improvisation, you produce a progressive evolution of forms that make up the composition. I am interested in issues revolving universal themes and archetypes that have always intrigued human kind. In my work, there are many contrasts between beauty and chaos.

What projects have been important in yBacalao obras 1our development?

I participated with the artistic platform, ArteCocodrilo, where we developed projects along with various collaborators. It was a collective project and a gallery as well. In addition, we participated in national and international events and fairs. On a personal level, I made large format murals in South Korea in 2011 and 2014.

 

In what way do you think art influences everyday life?

Art can have many purposes; among them, creating a lateral way of thinking. It offers a visual of phenomena and models of thinking that can detonate and sidetrack a problem. The production and the artistic expressions become references to a time that mark an era. In this way, it also supports the creation of collective identities.

What is a typical day in your life?

First I need to sleep at least 6 hours. I try to maintain the same rhythm in my routine to be able to accomplish what I have to do and what I want to do. I get up at 7 am, have a light breakfast, do 2-3 hours of boxing, and then I go back home and have breakfast. Afterwards I run some errands. Around 4-5 I start with the work for that day. Then I have dinner and around midnight I go to bed. That is an ideal day for me.

What hobbies do you have?

I am a music fan, I like to collect instruments and learn to play them. I like plants and flowers very much. For a few years now I’ve taken an interest in tattoos, I am currently starting to tattoo my drawings. I also like to watch boxing.

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