This month's artist's profile is with Angel Perdomo
Originally from the Canary Islands of Spain but currently living and working in Poland. A mainly self-taught artist, Angel produces beautiful, if sometimes disturbing portraiture and figurative work which explores states of mind and being. We asked him to talk a bit about himself and his background.
When did you first get involved with art?
Ever since I can remember I have always drawn and painted. These activities were always something natural and necessary for me from a young age. At the same time I have grown as a person and this is reflected in my growth as an artist.
How would you describe your work?
I would define it as figurative poetic art, combining experimental concepts with a strong fantastic character through which I create images with open meanings.
Is there any kind of medium/ art techniques that you would like to explore in your future work?
In my painting I usually use a mixed technique on wood. I begin by laying down a layer of acrylic to obtain different textures and at the same time begin to block in something of the basic colour scheme. Next, on top of this acrylic base, I carry out the more complex work with oil paint.
In my drawing work I used mixed media on paper. I use many different techniques, depending on the result I am trying to achieve.
If affiliated to Gallery/ art collective/ art club, how did you get involved with this?
I currently don’t have a fixed affiliation with any of these type of spaces. At the moment I am looking to establish just this type of connection on a permanent basis, either in the Poland where I am currently resident or abroad.
If from traditional art background (i.e. higher education in art) how do you think the institutions you were associated with have formed/ informed your practice?
The closest thing to a formal art education which I have undertaken was my time at the Escuela de Arte Feranado Estevez de Tenerife, where I took my certificate in art, and la Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Granada where I took the Ciclo Superior in Illustration. Despite this I consider that my true artistic formation in self-taught.
If from other type of background (i.e. no formal art education) what were the reasons for not pursuing this route and how do you feel this has influenced your art?
My art education has been mainly self- taught. I have learnt techniques and artistic language through practice and experimentation. I believe that personal, individual practice is essential for the development of an independent artistic personality even if and when this is accompanied by traditional academic training.
Who are your inspirations in the art world?
I am inspired by all artists who use the human form, but who are not realists, but who instead work in reinterpretation. Above all I am inspired by those artists who are independent and work outside of established fashions and movements. For example Francisco de Goya, Edvard Munch, Oskar Kokoschka or Francis Bacon.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
The inspiration behind my work comes from different emotional states, unconscious thoughts and anthropology.
What kind of studio/ gallery space do you work in?
I work in a space which is both my home and my studio.
What advice would you give to people who want to get involved in art?
I would advise them to be deeply passionate about what they do, to the point of being capable and willing to make all the sacrifices which an artistic life involves. I would also advise that they develop a critical stance in relation to their own work, in order to be able to continually improve.
What do you think is the importance of art to society?
I believe that art and culture in general are two of the defining characteristics of the human race. As a consequence, to deny the importance of art is to deny our own humanity. For this reason, art should be far more present and visible in society than it currently is.
Culture should be something which we prize, because culture helps in the development and growth of all people, which in its turn helps to improve society in general.