Antonio began painting as a child and worked on different techniques continuously since adolescence.
Maó, 1976 Maó School of Arts and Crafts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and CAP in Barcelona, an international career as a contemporary and multidisciplinary artist.
He has successfully exhibited his works in cities such as New York, (USA), New Delhi (India), Singapore (Asia), Seoul (Korea), Berlin, (Germany) London, (United Kingdom), Pittsburgh (USA), Montevideo (Uruguay) Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Sabadell, Mallorca, Menorca among many others.
He currently lives and works in Maó, Barcelona, and New York. The influence of the Internet is also important in its evolution.
Hello Antonio! Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look like? Do you just do art, or is an art just part of the picture?
Antonio: Hello dears!, have a great day!, well, I think than nowadays, is difficult a typical day, but is a good way to ride over the sanity, then most relevant of a day is I try to paint create daily, normally double session, some days per week, going with my baby to the skatepark, for enjoy and having a ray of sun in face and listening to the birds singing… as well some days per week dancing at home, trying to learn reading, but with unfortunately fewer books and more internet, every day working a bit on the internet, social networking, last times, more behind the scenes… I think is healthy for having more concentration and peace for creation… I listen to Radio more than watching Tv, and I like to watch a movie per day at night, about your second question, once in 57th with Broadway a place where often having a coffee or lunch with my mentor, asked me, (he was working for years as a Creative Director and right hand for him, btw. Other Celebrities of the XXth Century) asked me: “for you, wich one is the best Artwork Salvador Dalí has ever made???…” I have answered 3 or 4 pieces that I love of Dalí, and my mentor answered me smiling: “Not, my son, “himself” was the best Artwork that Salvador Dalí has ever made….”, then I think we must try to learn from the wiser than us…
Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?
Antonio: When I was 5 years old, I said to my mum, “mum I want to go there, that building”, my mother didn’t know what was inside running, neither me, and it was The Ateneo of Mahon, where painting courses were active, and I began at 5, but officially decided was at 16 when I was in art school, the first year I had a signature that was, Technic Drawing, we need to do the elevation, plan, and profile, of a theatre, and when I had given to the teacher (I was lucky because he was a great painter, teaching for a while in Menorca) and he was laughing, and telling, me this is a great painting not what I asked for, hahaha, you are an artist, don’t listen to me, and in my class, you can make whatever you want…
If you could imagine the piece of your artwork would you like to be remembered for, what would it look like?
Antonio: Altogether, are different sides of the same thing, but if I must, perhaps the most original concept and line at the moment is my neoabstraction, and inside of it, at the moment, perhaps my abstract forms, and my pinks…. and some staff with recycled clothe and objects… and for altogether at the same time, still I like to paint landscapes too… and I must create a lot, God bless… 🙂
Do you have a favorite photograph or painting, which inspires you?
Antonio: In the past many, you can learn of all the greatest of the history anything. I can tell you some without this order:
El Guernica – Pablo Picasso, Piedras Lunares – Miquel Barceló, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dalí, Miró, Tàpies, La Gran Via – Antonio López, Starry Night – Vang Gogh, Matisse, Goya, Derain, Peter Halley, Khristo, Botero, Jeff Könns, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Rafaello, Frida Kalho, Kandinsky, The Statue of Liberty, Sophie Calle, The Kiss – Gustav Klimt, Hernández Pijuán, Keith Haring, Jean Dubuffet, Francis Bacon, Eduard Hopper, Mark Rotkho Jean Michel Baskiat, Andy Warhol, Turner, Armand, Manzori, Philip Guston, Egon Schiele, Gauguin, Munch, Gordillo, Zush, Pierrick Sorin, Morandi, Tolouse Lautrec, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, The Cave paintings.
I am sorry if I forgot some…
What is your greatest indulgence in life?
Antonio: My galactic signature day when I was born, says of me: “to Iluminate others…”, but I don’t know if is true or not…
Which artist of the past would you most like to meet, and why?
Antonio: Leonardo Da Vinci, not for plastics, just for his genius, as well as Andy Warhol, like true artists for enjoy watching them work, Goya, or Matisse, Sorolla, any of the list before…
But for me, the artist of artists, is Pablo Picasso, for two reasons, one, the plastic, his work of a Martian power, when he learns to paint, and then he deconstructs, when his work acquires maturity, in many cases, His pieces are much better, halfway, during the process, not at the end, however, he continues an arduous and terrible research work deconstructing to reach the soul of the painting in itself. On the other hand, it is Picasso who changes the rules of history, for the benefit of the artists that we live today, he says: that girl who sings, is an artist and a star? She is all day buying clothes and making herself photos, that man who acts in a movie, is he an artist and a star ?, he takes photos all day, and goes to restaurants, worried about his hair, all day doing interviews and events … all-day busy, When do they have time to create to be artists ???, I spend all day in my studio, working full of paint, and they are going to question whether I am an artist or not? If when I am gone, they will take out their calculators why Only then can I be a star?, they gonna enjoy my life work after my leaving…?, Fuck you all! I am a true artist! And I feel like being a star too … that people come to queue to see me and my work.
Are you more creative when you’re in Barcelona or in New York?
Antonio: I think I am the same creative everywhere, but Probably sure, in Barcelona, I feel freer than in my Hometown, at the same time, in New York, I have felt even freer, or for sure my art better understand and at last, could be affecting to the work…
You’ve had a lot of exhibitions around the globe, what is your favorite one, and why?
Antonio: In New York the place, because you can have more cultivated opinions about culture and art if you are lucky that they find you, open minds…, but anyway, the quality of the exhibition must be indifferent of the place and always trying to be better everywhere, the discourse and the pieces showed in it.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Antonio: I am working, always must be something on the way, but I don’t have big deals closed at the moment for a show… normally I never talk about my works, until the moment I want to show them… 🙂
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Antonio: For sure, is a need for society, always is involved, if you want, or not…
What are you currently working on, and what is next for you?
Antonio: I am very secretive in this point like I have advanced you, and with everyone same (I try always to keep it under my hat until the correct moment… ) I don’t like to talk, about my work, just “Show it”, and then it should speak alone…
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