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5 & 3/4 Questions

 

MARIA PICASSÓ I PIQUER

CURRENT RESIDENCE: BARCELONA

PLACE OF ORIGIN: CATALONIA

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1. Describe yourself and your work.

I’m a Catalan woman in her thirties, working as a freelance illustrator. I graduated in architecture, but drawing has always been my passion. I combined both for a while, but finally focused on illustration. I developed a recognizable geometric style in which I merged my experience and my passion for capturing people’s essences in a working method closer to design, in terms of both technique and creative process.

2. How did you get started?

I’ve always loved drawing. When I was a teen, I went to a fair with some live caricaturists, and they invited me to try it. I was amazed to be able to capture someone’s uniqueness on a paper—I still am!

3. Which of your creations/projects best represents you and why?

As an illustrator, I feel very comfortable with my illustrations serving other people’s ideas, opinions, and writings. However, I feel really represented in one of my latest projects, the exhibition 20 Architects from the 20th Century [selected images shown below], for which I had the chance to craft the artwork, the content, and the exhibition itself.

4. What challenges are you facing in your work these days?

Not to rest on my laurels. One may fall into routine because it’s the easiest way…so the challenge for me is to be curious and daring, to always be open to new subjects, techniques, and even media that might let me grow as an artist.

5. What are your current obsessions?

Star Trek. Not only for the whimsical world-building, but also because the way that sci-fi presents hypothetical future dilemmas can tell us a lot about the present. It’s a really interesting way to explore our recent history, philosophy, and the human condition.

5¼. What is a skill or talent you have that surprises people?

That in person I’m actually not as rigid and geometric as my work. Seriously, I’ve been told that quite often!

5½. If you could meet any artist (living or dead, in any discipline) for coffee and a chat, who would it be?

Early 20th century designers Eileen Gray and Marianne Brandt. I wonder how they saw the world around them and how that view led them to produce such bold, efficient designs.

5¾. What book are you currently recommending to friends?

El ojo y la sombra, by Pedro Azara. It talks about portraits in occidental Art History, how a painting of a face may show the whole zeitgeist of its period. I’m sorry it’s only available in Spanish.