Natxo Frisuelos

"Dream ON"

 

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"WW" 

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"Oshun"

 

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"Sarasvati"

 

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"Yemanja"

 

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"Strike"

 

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"Strike"

 

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Natxo Frisuelos

 

“Art is, above all, eMOtiO": feeling and spiritually”

 

ESPI'I'E HIS YOUNG AGE, he is one of Mallorca's most internationally renowned contemporary artists. His work, which fits into what the author terms the New Figurative movement, is a combination of imagination and ingenuity

that aims to make his audiences question themselves. He has exhibited in cities across the world, including Shanghai, Miami, Seoul and Cologne. Natxo Frisuelos [Palma de Mallorca, 1976) met us in his Portals workshop to talk of his work and his career.

 

According to you, is one born an artist, or does one become one?

 

I think one is born an artist. I don't think you necessarily discover this at an early age but true artists feel their body craving the need to express what it feels in some way. Art is not something that one can learn; it is more a vital need. Of course, anyone can learn to paint, sculpt or write but no one can teach you what is really important.
A person’s creativity is innate.

 

it true one suffers being an artist?

 

Yes, in a sense one does suffer being an artist. First, when you start to make art and need a job to finance your need to create; and only when you have finished you day's work, and you are tired from it, can you devote your time to what your life is really about, what really fulfils you - art. When you are an established artist all that changes and you are able to devote all of your time to what you really like, then all that suffering transforms itself into complete fulfilment. In my case, each of my works is tied up with a sweet sense of suffering, among other feelings. Artistic creation always implies a certain degree of suffering.

 

What is art for you? Is your art an attempt to provide answers for yourself?

 

For me, art is simply my way of life, a way of being, living and feeling. As to whether my art provides me with answers for myself, the answer is no. Rather than answers, I think art provides sense to my life and my existence.

 

Your work is a critique of the welfare state. Is it possible for you to understand art without social commitment?

 

Of course. That is what makes art so beautiful, and what really makes art great....the fact that it does not need to commit to anything or anyone. It‘s a choice that forms part of an artist's freedom.

 

Does it worry you that art is becoming another consumer product?

 

It's obvious that in these times art is indeed a consumer product, an object of desire and a symbol of social status. But we can't forget what is most important... Which is that, above all, art is also emotion, feeling and spirituality. These qualities are what give art the value and social recognition it has, and all that forms part of the society we live in. In a sense, I am grateful that it is so; otherwise, what would artists live on?

 

Your work fits into a trend that you have defined as New Figurative; could you define it?

 

Actually, I haven't defined it. I try to move away from any kind of artistic label and any kind of pigeonholing. But it is true that this trend is the formula for a few contemporary artists because we believe that everything looks like everything in the art world, and we don't want to fall into the same patterns. This has allowed us to not belong to a specific style and instead what we do is bring together all styles, depending on our mood and what we wish to express at a given time. So, we use the styles and

artistic resources that best suit each idea, mixing figurative, pop.

 

What inspires you?

 

I am inspired by everything around me. In modern society, we are flooded with information and communications which I think are full of elements, icons and images that help to feed and

enrich an artist‘s creativity.

 

You constantly play with reality and the meaning of your work, what are you aiming at with this?

 

I like to create and I like there to be an interaction between the viewer and the work. I feel that a work of art must be communicative, make the viewer think and reflect; take a stance. I also really like to play with the ambiguity of the symbols I use and make viewers give their own value to each of my works.

 

What role do people play in your work and, more specifically, women?

 

People play the same role in my work as they do in my life. They are what I most cherish and what most help me to express mysele They are a source of inspiration: a look, a gesture, an action. As to the female figure, I love beauty, subtlety, strength, sweetness. I love women and what they represent, from pleasure

to suffering.

 

What does Natxo Frisuelos wish critics would see in his work?

 

I'd like them to see authenticity in my work. I understand you don't like prizes or recognition. Why? Are

you scared of becoming complacent? I don't like competitions. I think we artists invest in emotion,

illusions and feelings when creating and one can't really compete in those terms. An artist's social recognition is the best prize. And yes, I wouldn’t like to become complacent in the least.

 

 

I've been told you work by night. What's so special about

night-time as opposed to daytime?

 

It's a question of concentration. Nights isolate me more than days; I get more excited when working, knowing that everyone is sleeping. It is a very special feeling of solitude that stimulates me while working.

 

You are a versatile artist. In addition to painting, you have also tried sculpting and designing. What has it meant for you to work for the Camper brand?

 

Working for Camper has been my first foray into the world of fashion and it's meant a real personal challenge. It has meant real pride and satisfaction for an internationally-known Mallorcan brand to ask me to make their designs.

 

Could you make a quick assessment of the art scene in the Balearic Islands?

 

We are making good progress thanks to initiatives that are taking off now such as the Nit dc l'Art. But it‘s not enough. An island like Mallorca, which receives so many tourists, should be more cutting-edge in terms of collections and museums.

 

You have taken part in Art Cologne Mallorca 2007. How do you rate this fair? What do you think are the future prospects of this fair in Mallorca?

 

I have a very positive opinion of the fair. It is a marvelous way of promoting Mallorca and our artists. However, its continuity will depend on government support and on fiending a good venue for the fair. The future Palma Conference Centre is absolutely necessary in this sense and I think it would bring

a great deal of stability and importance to the fair.

 

Your work has been selected to take part in many international art fairs. What has this meant for you? Do any stand out especially for you?

 

International fairs are a marvellous showcase on a world level where, in addition to showing your work, new projects invariably arise. In addition, artists. galleries and collectors have the chance to meet face to face. My participation at ARCO and Art Cologne stand out especially for me.

 

Why is it essential for an artist to go beyond his frontiers? 

 

Going beyond your frontiers always enriches you culturally and personally, and can be seen in one’s work.

 

You work exclusively for Galena Pelaires. What has working for this prestigious art gallery meant for you?

 

Working for Galeria Pelaires has opened up a spectacular range of possibilities. I am also lucky enough to have the collaboration of a perfect duo that brings together the knowledge of Pep Pinya and the freshness, force and will of Frederic Pinya.

 

You are soon leaving Mallorca to live in Benin. Why have you chosen Berlin as your new workplace?

 

I will be working from two studios, one in Mallorca and the other in Berlin. I have chosen Berlin because this city is currently the nerve centre of European creativity. The city is going through vibrant, creative times and I want to be a part of that.

 

What has Mallorca meant for you as an artist?

 

Mallorca is the reason why I am where 1 am, and why I am who l am. 

 

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