I am a self-taught artist whose personal motivation is the fragility of things, the decomposition of my own existence and it is in the very act of existing that my didacticism is built. Professors from the Faculty of Architecture, plastic artists and several other people with whom I lived in my travels around the world were directly responsible for the construction of my artistic identity.
At the age of 20 I dedicated myself to sculpture when I founded Rerthy Revestimentos Ltda. in Brazil, an industry specialized in the creation and production of tiles, based on cement, for decorative wall coverings and the like.
In 2009, with Atelier J Vichy, in addition to drawing and sculpture products, I bet on painting as a priority element of my artistic expression and thus started a new path. I participated in art fairs in Milan, New York, Paris, and Stockholm with several works, being later invited on my return to Brazil for an exclusive solo exhibition at Sala José Candido de Carvalho, in the city of Niterói – RJ – Brazil.
My aesthetic is not based on the obvious, the commonplace, or the abstract object. My aesthetics inhabits a concrete universe and small dimensions where I question the pre-established ideas and I clearly provoke everything around us, presenting a proposal of parallel reality that, whether we like it or not, always brings us closer to ours. identity.
When did you start making art and how did you start?
Jansen: The contact with the artistic activity started early, around my 5 years old. The proximity to objects used in school, such as colored pencils, paint and brushes, attracted me very early on to this hidden and sometimes lonely language.
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
Jansen: The ease in drawing fed me the desire to work in some activity that involved creation and where drawing and manual skills were an indispensable part of that profession.
What are some of the tools you use to create your distinctive style of art?
Jansen: I worked for many years with product design and sculpture, but now I dedicate myself exclusively to painting. My works have a graphic and direct aesthetic, each element present in my work has its own concrete meaning, nothing is there by chance. I use acrylic paint and oil paint and brushes are my work tools. What is hidden in the tiny universe of things is the raw material that I make into reality.
How is the working day in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you to motivate yourself in the “zone”?
Jansen: My curiosity for things is what motivates my studio work. This space is part of my daily life and it is there that I produce my ideas, researching, writing, drawing and painting. It is the place in my house where I relate to the world in different types of language.
What motivates you as an artist? Is it curiosity, the search for beauty or meaning?
Jansen: My starting point is the fragility of things, the decomposition of my own existence. I paint because this destination is dynamic and visceral, sometimes surreal, sometimes concrete, a parallel reality that always brings us closer to our own identity.
What is the most challenging part of your artistic process and how do you overcome it?
Jansen: The challenging part of my artistic process is to “embody” my feelings. Embodying ethereal matter, giving mass and volume to these emotions is only possible when you can transform what is felt in a language that is understood by many people, anywhere in the world, in a simple and direct way.
You say that your art is inspired by your personal experiences and your travels around the world. What are some stories behind your work? If you can, describe a real-life situation that inspired your artwork.
Jansen: My personal experience is the raw material that gives meaning to my art. Traveling the world broadened my artistic spectrum by confronting me with the experience of other people outside of my “limiting beliefs”. Many characters that appear on my screens were inspired by real people that I recorded in drafts and travel photos. Direct contact with other artists at international art fairs helped to improve my personal aesthetics, allowing me to know and observe other work techniques in more depth.
What is the best way to reach people interested in your art?
Jansen: My works can be known through the website www.jansenvichy.com.br or through Instagram @atelierjvichy.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about (or canceled due to the Covid-19 situation)?
Jansen: Next year I will be participating in two events that have already been confirmed, the International Contemporary Art Salon at the Carrousel du Louvre and the International Contemporary Art Salon in Belgium, both in the second half. Other exhibitions still depend on the confirmation from organizers such as Expo Art SP, in São Paulo-Brazil.
Do you see your art serving a purpose beyond art?
Jansen: I believe that art has a greater purpose than itself. Especially because it is a source of inspiration, which has its own timeless language and does not depend on the artist’s presence. Although it is a rigid matter, it is also fluid, eternally alive. Art changes our senses and transforms our feelings.
What advice would you give to upcoming artists, how to think outside the box and grow?
Jansen: Be authentic, because there is no originality. Your art will only have value if it is impregnated with your fingerprints. Runaway from the commonplace.
What’s next for Jansen?
Jansen: My personal project points to the installation of my own studio in the city of Paraty, in the state of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. A space where I can show my work directly to the public and where other artists can participate together in several events common to our segment.