Name: Olga Esther
Birthday: January, 02nd, 1975
College: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Facultad de Bellas Artes de San Carlos
How would you define yourself as an artist? First of all I have to say that I do not consider myself an “artist”, I consider myself a painter. I think the term artist has certain connotations that I flee: a special or different being to the rest of humanity, and I do not agree with that. I believe that all people are artists, and we develop our creativity in diverse and different fields.
Why art? How did you get involved with art? It has not been a conscious or thoughtful decision. I have painted since I have memories, and I keep doing it now. When I paint I feel connected, alive.
What art do you most identify with? Lowbrow Art
What does “being creative” mean to you? For me a creative person is a person capable of transforming part of reality and turning it into something new that gives the world.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative? The best advice has been to always follow the paths with heart.
What are you trying to communicate with your art? I guess I communicate that I feel when I paint a painting, that that catches me and I’m passionate. I guess I communicate that I feel when I paint a painting, that that catches me and I’m passionate
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? I think it’s a unit, two sides of the same coin.
What themes do you pursue? In my painting I usually talk about gender and feminism, I paint princesses who do not want to be princesses, who feel trapped in a role they did not choose. But also of other themes, my painting is me, and reflects everything that moves me: inequalities, injustices, hope, love …
What inspires you to work? I am inspired many times in the stories of princesses, I use their symbology and visual elements.
Colour: Green and yellow
Book: It’s impossible to me choose just one book: Ender’s Game, Neverending Story, Stranger in a Strange Land, and all the books or Carlos Castañeda, the Adamsberg series,
Movie: Julio Medem’s Lovers of the Artic Circle
Quote: “Quiero contarte un cuento lleno de ventajas. La primera ventaja es cuando llega el final del cuento, no se acaba, sino que cae por un agujero…y el cuento reaparece en mitad del cuento. Ésta es la segunda ventaja, y la más grande, que desde aquí se le puede cambiar el rumbo. Si me dejas. Si me das tiempo” (Medem, 2001)
“I want to tell you a story full of advantages. The first advantage is when the end of the story comes, it does not end, but it falls through a hole … and the story reappears in the middle of the story. This is the second advantage, and the largest, that from here you can change course. If you let me. If you give me time “(Medem, 2001)
Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start? I always start from an emotion, an impulse, a passion … something I want to paint, which I need to express … but my process is quite chaotic, I have no method and I usually let myself be carried away. I always start from an emotion, an impulse, a passion … something I want to paint, which I need to express … but my process is quite chaotic, I have no method and I usually let myself be carried away.
What Role does the artist have in society? As I said before, all people are artists, all have the potential to create. Although this society does not help or power the creativity of human beings, we continue to seek ways of expressing ourselves through art.
Do you suffer for your art? Yes, I suffer, I love, I am moved … Yes, I suffer, I love, I am moved …
What do you think about the art community and market? Should art be funded? Why? In a just society, all people should be funded to develop freely as individuals.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how? In painting, I love Flemish Gothic, Goya, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, Dino Valls, Mark Ryden … but also the film director Julio Medem, the Mexican feminist anthropologist Marcela Lagarde and many more but it would be impossible to name them all.
What other interests do you have outside of art? I’m interestd on the world around me: I think it’s important to fight for the right things and to make a better world. I like animals and I live in the country with an old dog and a small, catlike and very warlike dog that takes a lot of time to educate her.
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? I do not know, I guess everything.
some short questions now…
Colours: Green and yellow
Describe your style: “Define yourself”… impossible impossible
Define your art: my art is me my art is me
Museums: Museo del Prado, MEAM, IVAM…
Cities: Praga, Guanajuato, Tarragona…
Artists: The ones I named before
Music: Rozalén, Manel, La Polla Record´s, Ojos de Brujo, Los Chikos del Maiz, Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa, Silvio Rodriguez…
Mobile App: Instagram
Who are the artist’s you admire the most? Flemish Gothic, Goya, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, Dino Valls, Mark Ryden, Dilka Bear…
What are your next projects? Next month I participate in a collective exhibition at the Haven gallery in New York. And a couple more projects by the end of the year that will be known soon.
Define ‘Klassik Magazine International’ for the audience? An international haute culture media and press.