How did you come to art, or how did art come to you?
Since my childhood I liked to draw and I was fascinated with a cartoonist who went on TV during a children’s program. Then I began to copy everything I saw at home: pots, chairs, people, etc. I feel art deeply but I can only express myself more or less well through drawing and painting. Music is perhaps the art that attracts me the most: I prefer a good music concert than going to a painting exhibition. I understand art as something essentially spiritual, very connected in some way with religion and I believe that this is the only valid objective.
In which way does music inspire your work?
Music is the kind of art that has the most influence on me and with which I identify the most, even though I am a painter. That’s why I always say that the artist who most influences me is Mike Oldfield, a British musician. I am a big fan of him and I have been following him since I was 5-6 years old, which is more or less the age when I started to draw.
Art is for me a path that can not be separated from the artist’s life, it is his way of expression and communication, at the same level as speech or writing, but in a different way. I like to think that on that vital path, painting is like a set, a stage, while music is the light that illuminates the path. I do not conceive one without the other. I still remember that on my eighth birthday I asked my parents to buy me a small electronic keyboard instead of my first bicycle… but playing music is almost impossible for me. In my opinion, musicians are the most expressive and direct artists. I value their work very much.
When working on a new project, what are the first steps you take?
Actually I do not work in a methodical way, because art is for me the opposite: a confrontation or distancing with “reality”, not to destroy it but to try to improve it, starting with oneself. Mark Sandman of the Morphine group sang that “someday there will be a cure for pain” and I believe that this cure is none other than art. It’s like a kind of drug that heals. Personally, I let life inspire me. The initial idea can arise from an infinity of places: browsing a magazine, listening to music, playing with my children, traveling physically or through the net, etc. I’ve always been very curious and observant, I like to look at those little details that often go unnoticed, but that make you reflect on many issues.
Do you change your techniques from time to time?
When I was little I liked to draw with pencil and little by little I incorporated new techniques: dry pastel, charcoal, ink. Then one day came when I felt the need to paint in oil, I was 18 years old, I went down to the supermarket and bought a canvas, a black oil painting and a brush. Later I started adding colors, always in a self-taught way, as I am very stubborn and I like to learn and achieve things by myself. I firmly believe that in the effort lies a great part of the success that can be achieved, such as mastering a technique or achieve a style of your own in which you see yourself reflected. Now I paint with acrylics on canvas, because I like cleaning and coloring very much. I also like IT and computer science a lot, which is why I often start doing the sketches directly with the iPad or image editing programs.
What have been the highlights of your artistic career?
Although it is true that there are works of mine in important collections and I have exhibited in places that were initially unthinkable for me, I think that the most outstanding aspect of my artistic career has not been in the artistic field, but in the (rather abrupt) change that I experienced in my life. A few years ago several facts made me abandon my profession as a Technical Architect within the furniture design and distribution company that I created, to dedicate myself fully to the three most important things in my life: my family, painting and music.
Alejos Lorenzo’s profile on Singulart: https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/alejos-lorenzo-2011