Eduardo Blanco

Born 1974, León, Spain

Lives in: Mallorca, Spain

Describe your art in 3 words: Contemporary, fresh, spontaneous.

See More Work:  https://www.eduardoblancoart.com

Shibari - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm

"I consider my artwork as Contemporary Figurative. I mixt a few different styles to get a painting according to the times we live in. My work is the result of reflection, planning, analysis and execution through different techniques, although I try to make it seem fresh and spontaneous. Inspiration comes through different channels: an image; light and shadow effects; a concept or idea; a theme..."

What themes does your work involve?
I love art and especially painting, and everything this encompasses. That’s why I don't want to limit myself to a specific theme. I use to paint what I want, be it portrait, natural or urban landscape, everyday scenes, animals…. If it can be painted, it may interest me.
Describe your creative process.
"I almost always paint in my studio and generally from photographs. The creative process is perhaps the most complicated part for me. I start from an idea, then I try to imagine the composition of the work and look for the elements I need to carry it out. After that I look after every part separately is perfectly integrated into the whole composition. Once I begin to paint, and starting from planning, I get carried away a bit by intuition, so the works generally end up being different from what I had planned. This is an aspect that I really like about painting with oil medium as I conceive it (with watercolors I work in a different way). I love knowing how a work begins but not knowing at all how it will end, and I love been surprised an excited at every step I take."
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I would say that although I identify different types or styles of art between my influences (Impressionism, Realism, Expressionism, abstract art ...), and artists, both current and past, that have marked me and that I admire, and that I cannot help naming now (Fortuny, Turner , Sorolla, Zorn, Sargent, Charles Reid, Christian Hook, Costa Dvorezky, Luis Azón, Lita Cabellut, …… among many others), surely there are many more influences of which I am totally unaware. I paint because I can't help painting. Art is beauty, it is another way of seeing things, it is surprise and emotion, and it is a path that never ends and you don’t know where it leads you. I am already on that path and I continue discovering new things every day.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
The concept of art is abstract and personal. Everyone has their own ideas and tastes in this regard. For me, good art is that which makes us feel things, excite us or captivate us. Nowadays I think that art tends to be identified with transgression, and for me transgression does not always have to be art. Personally, I value the artwork that is the result of study, technique, experience and that not everyone is capable of replicating with little effort.
What is the role of the artist today?
I think that a true artist is selfish in his work. A painter does not paint for society or for others. A true artist paints for himself, because he needs to express himself and because it is something that fulfills him. That doesn't mean that art does not contribute to society, quite the contrary, it does a lot. Art doesn't operate any differently now than it did 200 or 500 years ago. The styles change but not the motivations or functions. It can be an alternative representation of reality, a search of beauty, activism art, for preserving history or a representation of a concept; but in the end it’s all summed up in an objetive: getting excited.
Naisei - Oil on board 50 x 60 cm
Día de playa - Oil on board 60 x 80 cm
Red Leg - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Trío de ases - Oil on board 120 x 120 cm

 


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist