5 Minutes with Pava Wülfert

Pava Wülfert’s has an abstract style and works with traditional painting techniques such as raw canvas, coal, oil, linseed oil and acrylic. His is inspired by Kandinsky and everything that revolves around painting (the palette, the brushes etc.). Color plays an important role in his paintings. He uses acid and the sweet colors of today’s global society. The artist feels that we live in an infantilized society and his works have that connotation.

Pava Wülfert has exhibited at different exhibitions in the United States, Denmark, Italy, France, Holland, Spain, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, and Colombia. These include his participation in Lawrence Fine Art in NY, the Owlstand Gallery in London, and the MUVIPA Museum in Mexico. We sat down with him to talk about his current projects, inspiration, and the start of his artistic career.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I grew up with constant creative stimulation from my family. When I was a teenager my curiosity for different artists began and I started to study their styles and techniques. When I was in college I decided to study art in spite of studying architecture. My studies and research were directed towards art in general, I studied several artistic movements and artists that in the future have influenced my career. Art has always been a part of my life. I have always been very curious as I liked to experiment with techniques and materials. As a child, I knew I wanted to dedicate myself to art.

Can you talk about your artistic influences and other artists you are most inspired by?

My academic background is artistic and architectural. While in college I studied several movements, however the one that caught my attention the most was the Russian constructivism. In the architectural aspect I really like the deconstructivism of Zaha Hadid and Peter Eisenman. The Bauhaus school, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro,and Malevich.

Do you prefer to work alone or collaborate with others?

Honestly I prefer to work alone. I need a lot of silence for the development of my work. Currently the only company I have in my studio is my cat, Pandora.

Can you tell us about a project you’re currently working on?

Currently I am working on large format works where the black color is the protagonist for some exhibitions in the United Kingdom. It is a very interesting project because of the size of the canvases and because of the exploration that I am having of the pictorial field where I feel it as a space for reflection and experimentation. I am interested in the exploration of the limits within the painting. I see the canvas as a field of experimentation. Where one sees crisis, another sees opportunity. This game of binomials are reflected on the canvas, the process of painting within the same painting. So we see mistakes, scratches, and erasures that serve as memory.

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t an artist?

I would be working with cats. I love cats, I currently live with 7 adopted cats. They are my adoration.

Have you found any other artists on SINGULART whose work you admire?

The level and quality of artworks on SINGULART is very high. It would be very difficult to give names as there are all. very good artists.

What advice would you give to young artists starting out?

Work, work, work and never give up. Never give up in the face of negative comments. Study, research, and above all, be very curious.

Be yourself and never stop being yourself.

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