by: JC Rodriguez
“With my art, I would love for people to connect in an emotional level even if it’s just for a few seconds. I wish for my pieces to be part of a moment or a place of joy in someone's memory."
Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Alejandra Linares couldn't help but be influenced by her surroundings. A small town in Venezuela, Barquisimeto is an artistic place. As a child Linares remembers entering friends homes filled with art from the town's local artists. Inspired at a young age and nurturing a love for art, Linares knew which path she would take. Now she is being recognized as an up and coming artist that is focused on bringing a unique approach. Clean and crisp compositions that take away the noise and brings a simplistic sophistication that is difficult to achieve. The work in one word, beautiful. Movement and bent frames showing her love to the human form. Full of a sensibility and delicacy, yet filled with the power and fire of women.
We asked Linares questions about her early influence and what she is looking to accomplish with her work. I for one can't wait to see what comes next.
What's your earliest memory of art?
When I was 2 or 3 years old, my mom and dad bought me a bright blue and yellow fisher-price easel where they would tear huge pieces of paper and let me draw and paint for hours and hours. I specifically remember painting birds out of the number “2”, I don’t know why, I just have such a vivid memory of painting these birds a million times when I was really young. Also, my mom is a high school art teacher, so as long as I can remember she has brought art into my life. She also introduced me to multiple Venezuelan’s painters that I admire, so from a very young age I knew that I love painting.
Who inspired you to be an artist?
Personally, I think you are born an artist. The need to create, express and tell stories is something that happens at a very young age. From there, when you grow older you get inspiration from many other artist that came before you, and you learn from them to create your own voice and develop your own style.
What is your favorite subject matter?
At the moment is women and faces, but my main subject matter is the study of the line. I know it sounds kind of weird, but there is something about making just one line as the main focus of my paintings that has been really interesting. More than the subject matter, is that one moment that I have to trace it. There is nothing else that matters in the world to me but that moment. It’s about being present, focusing in one single thing, and letting go. You can plan a thousand times how the line could be done, but chances are that it's going to take its on course and be something completely different as what you thought it would visually look. Also, that line makes the whole piece, the painting is nothing without that stroke and personally thats very meaningful. If you don’t take the time to be present in the moments of your life, there is nothing. So to me, it's just a visual reminder that we need to be present.
I usually paint with acrylics and acrylic markers to make the lines, but my latest discovery has been oil sticks - which are my new favorite toy!
Who where some artists that influenced your work and you admire?
The biggest artists that have influenced me are Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Matisse. Their work is always the biggest source of inspiration. Also there’s a couple of Venezuelan artists that I admire and get a lot inspiration from, Antonio Montes de Oca and Armando Villalón.
If you could have a conversation with any artist dead or alive, who would it be?
It would definitely be Basquiat! I love how he incorporated poetry, street art and fine art all together in such a unique and controversial way. Through his art, he seems like a really distinctive and complex person, would love to ask him many questions!
What do you want to accomplish with your art?
I think that nowadays, where we are bombarded with information, ads, pictures, products, etc, it gets more difficult to establish connections. With my art, I would love for people to connect in an emotional level even if it’s just for a few seconds. I wish for my pieces to be part of a moment or a place of joy in someone's memory.
What is the last thing you saw that really inspired you to create?
I recently bought a book called ‘She Must Be Mad’ with amazing poems by Charly Cox. Her poems are so refreshing and honest…I just love it. Every time I read a good poem or I hear the amazing lyrics of a song, it just puts me in the mood to paint.
Images by Alejandra Linares Studio
Artists: Alejandra Linares
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