How did you develop your style? What was the journey like?

I started drawing. When I was a kid I loved comics and from that came the influence of black and white, I suppose. Later when I was a teenager, I discovered a lot of masters of art. In the beginning I had a dispersion with my art style, I painted abstract, sometimes figurative, I also made my own acrylics (that were a terrible lumpy mass of colour), but above all, I loved to experiment. I spent a lot of time only playing and experimenting with painting.

Later, I started to work more seriously and I began to use black and white, but still I haven’t much confidence with painting. In recent times I would say I lost the fear. I focused on portraiture; I combine figurative and abstract, and dark series with colourful series.

I try to create art that impacts the viewers (sometimes provoking them) and to suggest something enigmatic and mysterious.

Black Hole

Black Hole

Some of your more recent work seems to cover sexuality in a much more prominent way, such as Black Hole. Do you think this is part of your experimentation and development as an artist or has it been something you’ve been touching on for a while?

I paint about sexuality or mortality sometimes. I like to work from different perspectives so my work is diverse. I usually painted the same work more that once, that’s the case of Black Hole or Jacket, that were painted firstly on 2011 or 2010, and other works also.

Do you keep a sketchbook then? When coming up with a concept what’s the process normally for you?

I don’t have a sketchbook, firstly I imagine the painting.

Sometimes I improvise, but I prefer to work with a previous idea. I spend time looking for photos, or investigating for my next painting. Although the final result is unpredictable, it fits with the idea planned. My paintings usually don’t need lots of days in the studio, but on the other hand they need audacity and freshness.

Untitled

Untitled

Do you think people would perceive your work differently if you were a woman?

This question made me to see myself from outside, and I realised that if I were a woman people would probably perceive my work in the same way. Maybe that’s why I’m very androgynous. In fact, I like and I think like them in many ways, I really empathise with them. People wouldn’t percieve the difference I think, although maybe the kind of publicity would be different.

M-102

M-102

What are your current thoughts on the art world generally?

Except the Gods of Art, who are there, and the other half Gods, the rest of mortal artists are here trying to be like them or at least, to live with our art, or to making a living from making art.

My experience (I am professional artist) of the current art world is that artists haves to be more independent. I think artists who relegate to a gallery (sometimes with exclusivity) to sell their art could be a bit naïve. Galleries say they care about artists, but they don’t. Galleries could have ten artists, fifty, or thousands; they only worry about selling something; they don’t care if some artists don’t sell. What I mean is that they don’t have a real compromise with an artist. I’m not saying galleries are bad, of course I would like to work much more with galleries, and some day to be in a high profile gallery; but there’s a point [in a career] where artist should relegate in a gallery, and I think that point is too far for most of us.

So basically artsist nowadays are entrepreneurs. Personally I really believe in “do it by yourself” attitude. Artists haves to spend time promoting their work on social media, talking with others artsist, customers or gallerists, packaging, learning, or simply thinking, if they want to live with their art. They should be responsible.  Perhaps this doesn’t sounds good but, painting is the last thing I’m doing, and is the part of being an artist, I always do it relaxed in a special moment, but it is the last thing I do.

Audrey

Audrey

So you paint best when you are relaxed? How do you generally work? Do you listen to music?

Here, where I live, is a very tranquil place. My neighbourhood is a bit noisy (so this is Spain after all), but the island is very tranquil. I like calm, to paint without stress, with my mind clear, in deathly silence, better in the night, I don’t take drugs nor alcohol. I simply try to paint with my mind clear. My state of mind is not exactly “relaxed”, maybe focused.

The Boss

The Boss

Did you experiment with other forms of art, or only painting?

I only use painting for my art. Concretely, acrylic painting on canvas. I drew a lot years before, but I stopped.

In your bio you state that one of your greatest influences is Goya. Are there any other artists who inspire you?

“Very Francis Bacon”; that’s what some people often say about my art. Honestly, I try to find my own language. Here in Spain we don’t have the cult of Francis Bacon; we have Goya, Velazquez, Picasso… But when an artist tries to make his own style there’s always criticism. I don’t have a clear influence, but I understand how my work could remind people of other artists, but I don’t believe that I’m directly copying any artist.
There’s also the influenece of the internet, where there are a lot of amazing artists, but above all, though, I try to find my own language.
Fleur

Fleur

Why do you live in Spain? Does living there have a direct impact on your work and have you lived elsewhere?

I live in Spain because I am masochist.

I have  relationship of love and hate with this country in which I lived my whole life. Many years ago I wanted yet to leave this country, but I didn’t find the way or I didn’t really know if I should.

Spain is not a bad country after all, it’s not expensive to live, I’m used to living a life in which I can do what I want with a lot of freedom.  To live in other country surely would have an impact in my work, for good or for bad.

Now I am focused on selling my art online. I have sold over 150 artworks the last two years, which is a lot; so of course I could decided to go to live to other country, but I prefer to paint better, and try to do my business well.

See more of Oscar’s work on his website: www.oscarnin.com

Image Credit: Unpure Buddha by Oscar Nin