August Vilella is an artist based in Barcelona. He creates oil paintings by means of a surreal-intuitive method. Thanks to this method and without using any previous sketches or ideas, he tries to give shape to his past and future through the subconscious mind.
As a figurative work of art, the result of this practice evokes a dreamlike aura and a magic, metaphoric, and even philosophical language, which invites the observing visitor to reflect. Nevertheless, the creative process turns out to be completely intuitively improvised and unintentional so that the message of each painting comes out only once the work of art is completed. Thus, when we remove the will of the artist regarding his creation, each painting becomes a work of art of the world and for the world; a piece of art in which all people can find themselves reflected, and above all, a work of art with a life of its own that wants to be seen, to wake and to be felt.
All this turns each of the paintings of August Vilella into an Odyssey, which moves down into the depths of the vast subjective ocean, whose outcome is always unknown, different and unexpected…
Name: August Vilella
Birthday: June 14, 1986
College: I am self-taught
Books: The sorrows of the young Werther – Johann Wolfgang Goethe / The pilgrim of the stars – Jack London
Movie: Achilles and the Tortoise – Takeshi Kitano
Food: Sashimi and Sake
Quote: “Intelligence without ambition is like a bird in wings” – Salvador Dalí
For how long have been in art? How did you start? I’ve been in the art world all my life, because before I started painting, I studied philosophy and dedicated myself to music. In fact in the past I was writing a book and I had several groups of musicians, so my attraction to art became apparent from very small. However, as far as painting is concerned, I began to devote myself to it four years ago. It all started by chance, just a day at home that I did not know what to do, I decided to use a cloth and some paintings that I had … and the connection was instantaneous, from the moment I picked up the brush for the first time I noticed that it would paint until the rest of my days.
How would you define yourself as an artist? As an intuitive surreal artist.
Would you tell us some things about yourself? Please include a little information about you as well. I am a painter based in Barcelona. But I usually have exhibitions around the world in cities such as Paris, Shanghai, Dubai, Amsterdam, Barcelona, ??Tokyo, Oxford or Rotterdam, Taipei … etc. In 2016 I won the award as best artist at the Tokyo International Art Fair and in 2017 as the best innovative artist at the Global Art Awards in Dubai. In turn, recently in 2018 I have been nominated for the International Artist Grand Prize of Taipei
Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere, in fact my method of painting is intuitive, so the whole process is completely automatic, so most of all I need a relaxed atmosphere … and good music. In the process I do not use sketches or previous ideas, so we could say that it is a kind of Jazz taken to painting since I do not choose the characters or the themes of my work, they choose me.
What are you trying to communicate with your art? What I deal with my work is that the viewers communicate with themselves, in fact, being an intuitive painting as I already commented on the result and the meaning of each work is completely involuntary for me. Therefore, in my exhibitions, when people ask me about the meaning of my works, I ask them the same thing, because the important thing is not what the work means to me, but for them.
What art do you most identify with? I like all styles and types of art as long as they have a soul, that is, that they are not merely a technical and aesthetic work but that they are transcendental and have an aura of magic.
Why do you do … what you do? I paint because when I do it my life makes sense, it is the moment when paradoxically I live the most and at the same time I feel less alive. I usually paint in a state of meditation, you could say that even in a trance, and I completely abstract myself both from what there is around me and from myself. On the other hand I notice as an interior obligation that forces me to paint, as if the universe and pushed me to ell.
What does “being creative” mean to you? It is the externalization and the expression of being oneself and not copying or following anyone. The art for me is the ability to make visible the invisible …
Any shows, galleries, or publications where our readers can find your work? Most of my exhibitions are in Asia, right now I have one in China and another in Taiwan. I am also preparing everything for the Oxford exhibition of the next one. In magazines there are many in which you can find articles about my work such as “The Global Times” “Hi-Fructose” “Psikeart” … etc
How do you cultivate a base collector? Through my exhibitions I have achieved a series of collectors, as I create new work they are the first to see it. My artistic agent is from Shanghai, and through him I connect with my collectors in China.
Which is your most cherished piece? “The Poet” – Oil on canvas – 55x46cm – 2016
If you had an exclusive collective exhibition with other artists work, who would you choose? Zdzis? Aw Beksi? Ski and Salvador Dalí
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? For me a work of art has to be equally good both conceptually and visually, in my paintings I feel that both terms go together.
What aspect of your work do you pay particular attention to? In the look (eyes) of my character, because as they say in the mirror of the soul, and with it you can express endless emotions. Although the eyes is a characteristic signature of my work, I also have paintings in which they do not appear.
What Role does the artist have in society? This depends on the media and social impact of the artist. The more famous he is, the more chance he will have to influence society through his art and philosophy.
What is your most treasured memory? The day he wins the award as best artist at the Tokyo International Art Fair.
What for you is the most enjoyable part of your art? Just when I start a new painting as well as when I see the reactions of people in front of my work in the exposicones.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how? I feel that I have not been influenced by other artists, in fact, I do not like to imitate or be conditioned by anyone.
What other interests do you have outside of art? I like music and philosophy, before painting I dedicated myself to them. I also have a passion to travel, so I am very happy because thanks to art I can do it very often.
Some short questions now:
more Colors: Different ranges of blues.
Textures: Cat hair.
Define your art: My work was born by an intuitive surreal method, therefore, the creative process is completely intuitively improvised, and therefore involuntary, which means that only the message of each painting can be revealed when it is finished. And it is precisely when we eliminate the will of the artist regarding his creation that each painting becomes a work of the world and for the world, a work in which all people can be seen reflected, and above all a work with a life of its own that she wants to be seen, awakened and felt … All this turns each of my paintings into an odyssey into the depths of the vast subjective ocean, the outcome of which is always unknown, different and unexpected …
Describe your style: “Define yourself” … I work on my oil paintings using a surreal-intuitive method, thanks to which, without any previous sketches or ideas, I try to directly capture my past and future through the subconscious. The result of this practice gives as a result some works that despite being figurative, await an oniric halo and a magical, metaphorical and even philosophical language that invites the viewer to reflect. This way of proceeding intuitively not only applied to art, but to my life day. Most of the most important decisions of my life have been taken by intuitions, premonitions or “signals”.
First place in the Tokyo International Art Fair (Japan)
Winner for Best Innovative Art in the Global Art Awards (Dubai)
Finalist for International Artist Grand Prize of Taipei (Taiwan)
Nominated for best painter in the Global Art Awards (Dubai)
Carrousel du Louvre, Louvre Museum, Paris (France)
Shanghai Art Fair 2016 (China)
Amsterdam International Art Fair (Holland)
Barcelona International Art Fair (Spain)
Cultural Industries Fair, Ningbo (China)
Tokyo International Art Fair (Japan)
Rotterdam International Art Fair (Holland)
Shanghai Art Fair 2017 (China)
Oxford International Art Fair (UK)
Cities: Tokyo, París, Dubai, Shangai, Amsterdam, Taipei, Barcelona, Oxford, Rotterdam… etc
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today? I do not have time, when I’m in Barcelona I spend every day in my workshop preparing my next exhibitions.
How would your life change if you were not allowed to create art? It would be horrible, I can not imagine now I pamper my life without art.
What do you think about the art community and market? Because it is centralized in a few countries, for example I have the vast majority of my collectors in China, Japan and Dubai. It would be nice if the market were more international, but due to the current global economic situation it is not possible.
Should art be funded? Why? Of course, artists should have financing and state aid to be able to get ahead, especially in the first years that are the most difficult for artists.
Which of your projects have you given the most satisfaction? I absolutely enjoy each one of my projects and paintings alike, because each time it is a completely new and different experience, although I must confess that I feel a special sympathy for Japan because there I began to donate my professional career.
Who are the writer’s you admire the most? Oscar Wilde
What about architects and designers? I like A.Gaudí architecture and the oldest and classic architecture.
What else are you working on at the moment? Next projects? Right now I am preparing an exhibition for Oxford next month. After her I have two others in Tokyo and Taipei.
Share something you would like the world to know about you?I would like to convey the importance of being ones themselves and of following their own path. To be an artist you do not need to study fine arts, go to any school of painting or imitate anyone … you just have to enjoy what you do. Since I started in art I have found many people who told me that what I wanted to achieve was impossible, that things have to be done differently and more slowly … however, from the beginning I believed in myself. same and in my philosophy, and thanks to that I have reached where I am now.
Define “Klassik International ” for the audience? Klassik International is a very interesting platform that gives us the opportunity to weave an international network of articles in the cultural and social avant-garde to interconnect both artists and lovers of art, culture, travel, sports and life. It’s a PR News Media International with an art gallery, ‘Klassik Art Gallery’, that not only allows us to know the work of the artitas, but to know the artists themselves in a much more intimate way … something that helps us much better to understand his work.