Architerior got a quick chat with Colombian artist Pava Wülfert who is a biennal hopper and loves using traditional elements of painting to create sensation.
Where are you from?
I am from Colombia, I live and work in Ibagué.
How did your artistic career start?
When I was selected to participate in the biennials of Florence, Italy and biennial Siart in Bolivia. Then I was invited to exhibit at the Tolima Art Museum (MAT).
Have you studied or are you self-taught?
I studied architecture and art in Bogota, but I also experimented on my own.
Describe your art style: materials, shapes, colors. Do you have preferences?
I am an abstract artist; I play with the traditional elements of painting, raw canvas, charcoal, oil, linseed oil, acrylic, etc. Simple. Painting, sculpture, volume, space, sign, gesture, line, color, surface, shape, dot, stroke, sensations.
What is the most difficult part of being an artist?
Definitely the financial, at the beginning is the most difficult, all the uncertainty this has.
What is the best thing about being an artist?
Freedom and independence and be the owner of my time. The happiness of doing what I really love.
Can you mention some exhibitions or moments in your artistic career that have been very important to you?
When I was selected to participate in the biennial of Florence and Bolivia. I recently began being represented by a gallery in New York, Lawrence fine art.
What are you working on right now?
I am working on large works for an exhibition in Switzerland and Mexico.
What does “good art” mean to you?
Good art must be like a kick in the solar plexus, good art shakes you emotionally.
What inspires you to create? Where do you get ideas and energy?
In recent practice I deal with painting as an experimental laboratory in which I explore all pictorial techniques. My paintings play with combinations of inscriptions, fragments, diversity, heterogeneity, multiculturalism, interculture, hybridization, mixing, recycling, migration, stains, errors and lines as tools for the creation of a new concept of landscape and figure.
If you could exhibit your art anywhere / with someone, where / who would it be?
I would like to exhibit in Europe with H. Ardila.
Do you have your own or others’ art on your walls?
Own and others.
How does one stay unique in the art world, and is that important?
Work, work, work and not be afraid of error.
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