mercoledì 11 luglio 2012

Interview with Samuel Sarmiento

q)Introduce yourself, name,age, location.

a)My name is Samuel Sarmiento, I live in Madrid. I was born in Venezuela in 1987.

q) Can you describe your path to being an artist? When did you really get into it?

a)I try to work with discipline and be very consistent, I started painting in 2002, and have not stopped ... I have participated in solo exhibitions as well as in group exhibitions in Venezuela, Spain, Aruba and Germany.

q) Describe your ideals and how they manifest in your work.

a)I try to tell stories, stories that are to be freely interpreted. I am interested in the issue of children, also in the symbolism ...
I talk about characters and symbols, decontextualising the painting and generating other types of discourse. These are some of the Ideas that will arise in the my next production, working in large and medium size formats, using a wide range of materials. [:P]

q) Is music a part of your studio time? What do you listen to?

a)Lately I've been listening nirvana, tindesrsticks , elliot smith, ismael rivera; my music taste varies when working, I also like the selection of classical concerts of The Spainish National radio ...

q) How would you describe your work to someone?

a)I would lie if I said my work is based on elaborated stories. I just try to describe sensations that are joint by elements like symbols, characters, graphics and other pictorial elements.

q) Influences?

a)I like the work of Armando Reveron, Luis Mendez and Christian Vinck. 
These are Venezuelan painters with works that in my opinion seem from another planet ... I like Jonah Hill films, I think he shows real generation conflicts of the moment I belong to…hahaha!

q) Describe your process for creating new work.

a)I am interested in working in open spaces where sunlight and other elements can interact with my works ... I always start by spots and from them I create scenes and characters.

q) What advice do you have for artists looking to show their work?

a)Do not stop working even when things go wrong, the art schools do not guarantee commercial success. If someone tells you to change your career do not pay attention, learn the basic techniques and follow your intuition, respect your proposals and work in them.

What are you really excited about right now?
There's nothing specially exciting to me right now. I would love to have enough room to work in large format ideas ...

q) What do you love most about where you live?

a)Mainly the safety; I can walk the streets without anyone robbing me or shooting me, …

q) Best way to spend a day off?

a)Painting all day and then see the results at the end, before going to bed

q) Upcoming shows/ projects?

a)I'm currently participating in The Barcelona Artists Residence Summer 2012 at the the Pantocrator Gallery; an excellent opportunity to work and meet other artists.

q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?

a)My website is