COLOURFUL DISTORTIONS OF PLACES AND TIME
This is the visual world of Spanish artist, Carlos Alvarez de las Heras .
Although Madrid has always been a cultural capital, I noticed that in the past few years, the art scene has rapidly developed. I am constantly inspired by the art and artists I have been so fortunate to meet here in Spain. Every day there is a new exhibition, art fair, gallery opening, installation, and museum to explore. I am happy to present the following interview with this incredibly talented painter and sculptor.
Carlos, tell us about your journey in the art world.
I have been painting since I can remember. I was born in León, Spain in 1982, moved to Madrid to attend university in 2000, and stayed. Currently, I collaborate with three art galleries, two in Spain and one in Denmark. In my native León I painted a 24 meters long mural that decorates the entrance hall to the central bus station. It is 12 years old and has aged superbly. What really makes me proud is when I think of all those who supported and encouraged me in my beginnings.
Your greatest inspirations or influences?
Art to me is like food, I like practically everything and if there is something I do not like, at least I try it.. I believe that the spark of life is to be found in the small details. That is why my work is full of highly significant elements. I try to convey a positive message even though no one is exempt from having a bad day.
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How would you describe your visual style?
Something of the child who copied cartoons still remains, like the four fingers in my characters. Psychologically, however, my paintings are adult and complex like its author. If you ask me I would say they are expressionist, but don’t ask me what they express.
How would you describe the art scene in Madrid?
Madrid is an important cultural hub and its artistic and cultural life are linked to the rhythms of a constantly changing city. I have my studio in Malasaña, a neighbourhood historically linked to the cultural and urban vanguard.
As an artist what was your perspective on ARCO this year?
Generally speaking, Arco this year was more colourful than in previous editions and conveyed a more positive message. I think Perú was a definitive influence.. I toured the show with a Pisco Sour And I am afraid that may have influenced my perception.
Anything else you’d like to share?
My first exhibition was called Shapes and Colours. So as you can see, I am still there.