Art Dept Interview
As the winner of your category in the 2004 International Art
Contest, being selected by such a diverse group of artists from
all around the world, how do you feel?
I think art is not like sports, I mean art is not a
competition. Art is about sensibility and feelings, but it’s
always a pleasure being recognized, especially when it comes
from some partners.
Please describe your current works and any plans for
Working on art is an eternal
adventure, full of creativity and experiences. Right now I am
participating in group exhibitions in Spain and Japan. In Mexico
I realized the sceneries for the International Festival of Jazz
(Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, Spyro Gyra, etc.). On the other
side I am painting big sized oils, about 6 x 8 meters. For the
upcoming months I will participate in an auction at Gelos in
Moscow Russia, and finally present and exhibition in
Festivalissimo at Montreal, Canada.
If any, in what ways have you seen changes in attitudes
Is difficult, some times it seems like day after day people
are losing interest in art, but some situations or events
reflect a growing and positive attitude, so I think it depends
of the point of view. We have to do our part.
Do you think that the fine artist will survive as
technology replaces our skills?
The art is irreplaceable, art is like love, their soul will
never change. Technology is a tool but it is not a fine art by
What advice could you give to those embarking upon a
career as an artist?
There are no secrets, this career as any other in the world
is hard, so there is only one way, working hard day after day.
But in art we have to be conscious about success, because it is
something relative, the important success is with yourself, with
your own philosophy.
Why did you enter the Art Dept contest and what decided
your selection for entry?
Any space for showing art is very
important, so my manager simply chose a colourful painting and
put it inside the web.
Is there anything about being an artist that you do not
Essentially no, everything about being an artist is great, of
course there are some times of economical instability, but it
happens in any professional activity.
Would you sell your most favourite artwork, or keep it?
Through more than 35 years, I
have painted and sculpted hundreds and hundreds of pieces, but I
have not created my favourite one, I am still looking for it day
after day. Nevertheless, my wife usually keeps some pieces and
there are not for sale.
How important was education and training to you?
Education and training were fundamentals, since I was a child
my father became my first professor, then the Fine Arts School
and even today the daily training is essential. Life by itself
is an important education.
Is there anything in your art career that you would have
No, I would not change anything. But I would like having more
time and mediums to develop so projects and ideas.
If you were invited overseas to exhibit your works, where
would you like that to be?
Every single country is special; it would be a pleasure
having an exhibition anywhere. I have already exhibited in New
York and Paris, but I would like to do it again soon. I am also
interested in Australia, I have not exhibited over there.
Are you looking forward to entering the contest for next
I don’t know, I think there must be different artists every
Do you recommend use of the Internet for an artist's
I don’t use the computer or the internet, but as far as I
know, through my manager and family, it is a good tool for
communication and publicity.
Would you change anything about how the contest is
The contest is a good idea for a global view of art and I
hope in time it could become bigger and not only virtual.
How can the Internet be made better for working artists?
As I mentioned before, I don’t use Internet, but as any media,
Internet must gave more relevance and space for art and artists.