Interview with Jordi Machi

How did you find your voice as an artist?

My identity as an artist is a journey from my childhood until today and my voice is constantly evolving. I remember my colored pencils, how I abstracted when I draw, I remember also my favorite cartoons and the emotion they made me feel. I always loved traveling to imaginary world far away from reality and art makes me feel this. Unwittingly, all this guided me to who I am today. Now as an adult, of course, I have many other priorities and desires that the simplicity of the cartoons can’t cover, so I adapt them to new more mature situations and more self-satisfying.

The Deep

The Deep, 2017, Acrylic, Collage on Wood, 110 x 146 cm

When working on a new project, what are the first steps you take?

Personally, I prefer and I need to have everything very clear about what I am going to do and how I am going to transfer it from my mind to a support. I need to be clear about the concept of the new project, the general conceptual idea of all the works are going to be part of it. Next step would be to draw some primary sketches of the future paintings that I will later develop, select and discard until I´ll have it very clear in my mind what will happen on the canvas. After this it´s time to paint.

Broken Garden

Broken Garden, 2017, Acrylic, Collage on Canvas, 130 x 97 cm

Can you describe your typical working day?

Each day is usually different but I usually get up around 8:00 am to 9:00 am but sometimes it takes me a lot to wake up 100%, so the first thing is to take an essential morning cup of coffee, while I answer e-mails or see the press. One hour later I usually stay in my workshop and prepare myself to paint. Although it is always hard to start, once I am inside a world of colors, pleasant and frustrating at times that I find it hard to stop. I stop eating and then I paint again until 8pm.


Unattributed, 2017, Acrylic, Collage on Wood, 50 x 40 cm

Looking back at your earlier works, what do you think about them today?

The first ones I painted in the faculty of fine arts, I hate them, sometimes I feel that someone else has painted them, but this feeling is diluted as my works evolve, I think it is not good to deny them, they are part of me and part of me of my way.


Spine, 2017, Acrylic, Collage on Canvas, 130 x 130 cm

Which artists do you admire? A few of your favourite artists?

About artists who have inspired me I could speak hours, but perhaps the ones who always fascinated me were the American illustrator Norman Rockwell and Alphonse Mucha, one of the great exponents of Art Nouveau.

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