Exploring the female beauty while using a variety of expressive characters
I had the opportunity to talk to visual artist, Nico Garcia. In the interview, he mentions how he evokes different feelings in the characters he creates; while representing different moments of his life.
What is your background?
What does your work aim to say?
Nico Garcia- Hope
How does your work comment on social or political issues?
I try to evoke different feelings with the expressions of the characters that I portray. Some pieces represent different moments of my life; paintings that reflect what I/we are living through at the moment, like the COVID Series that I am working on at the moment.
Can you discuss in further detail the current project you have been working on?
I’ve been working on a COVID Series during the lockdown as well as a Serie of peculiar characters and female portraits. My last piece is the version that I created to celebrate women and the fight for equality on International Women’s Day, inspired by the 'We Can Do It!' WWII poster by J. Howard Miller in 1943.
Who are your biggest influences, and why?
My style has been influenced by Graffiti/ Street Art, Comic Books, Fashion Photography, Pop Art, Realism, Expressionism...In terms of Artists:
Picasso: I think he was a genius; his drawing techniques from an early age were impressive and he changed the course of
art. Velazquez: I think his painting technique is amazing. Caravaggio: I really like the dramatic use of Chiaroscuro in his pieces.
|Nico Garcia- La-Gondoliera|
That’s interesting…What were your favourite comics growing up and why?
My mum says that I was a hyperactive kid and the only time I was quiet and focused was when I was drawing the characters of my favourite TV Cartoon, Dragon Ball. A couple of years later I started buying Dragon Ball, Spiderman, and other Marvel comics.
Are there any photographers/ street artists that influenced your work?
How have you developed your career?
I started painting commissioned graffiti for clubs, and shops when I was like 14-15 years old, I also studied Graphic Design and I’ve been more than 12 years working as a Graphic Designer for clients like Facebook, Instagram, IKEA, Boots, Discovery Channel… At some point, I was missing painting a lot, so I decided to rent an Art studio and start painting again, since then I’ve been producing a lot of paintings and participating in some exhibitions.
How do you seek out opportunities?
Social Media (Mainly Instagram)
How do you navigate the art world?
Through Instagram, Pinterest, Small and Big Galleries, Exhibitions, and Art Markets.
How do you price your work?
Depending on Time spent, Size, Artwork complexity, and personal feelings.
How do you cultivate a collector base?
|Nico Garcia- Lara|