Expression Through Deformed Canvases: An Interview with Alexandra Ramirez
We are thrilled to feature this interview with Alexandra Ramirez - an artist who follows her own rules.
Alexandra creates striking paintings using a wide range of materials such as oil, acrylic and alkyd bases spray paint. It was a pleasure to learn more about her inspiring art.
SG: Where do you get your inspiration from?
AR: Everything. Any composition of elements could provoke my mind, and then at once I seize it and see it all set up in certain colors and shapes. For example the portrait of the “Drunk Dancer” is a scene from a party at a local gallery - I instinctively sketched him for later and then painted it. When I didn’t have canvas stretchers I just made my own ones from leftover wood battens and they turned more interesting than the standard ones and later it turned into being one of my visual statements.
SG: What are you working on at the moment?
AR: For example, I am preparing a series of mini paintings for a solo exhibition in Spain this summer. I am also working on a series of fashion paintings of style icons for EVA magazine and I think they will be exhibited later this year. Also work on a couple of new projects for exhibitions with various galleries and art collectives.
SG: Is there a specific theme or concept you keep in all of your work or does it change with each series?
AR: Yes, of course. I want to express a honest approach to a certain visual statement. I avoid repeating myself and experiment a lot.
SG: If you could own one work of art what would it be?
AR: It’s hard to say for only one. Anything from Picasso, Hockney and Richter. I love the contemporary art scene, too and I’d be glad to own a Xevi Sola piece as well as a Magnus Voll Mathiassen one.
SG: What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
AR: To provoke their own perception and take away a story or feeling that inspires them.
SG: What advice would you give somebody who has just started their artistic career?
AR: A genius artist passes through many stages and faces numerous obstacles in his or her way in creating. Just listen to yourself and work every day. Change as much as you wish until you’re totally free.