You’ve studied in Spain, the UK and the USA—how has the experience of living and studying in different countries influenced your practice?
Studying outside your home town, and if you can, outside your country, is vital for an artist. It enriches you on all levels. On a personal level, this includes all the experiences, travel, people and getting to know other cultures. Academically, what you learn at your college is fine, but don’t believe everything you’re told. Each person is a world, and everyone has a different opinion about what ART is, as well as their own personal formula for working. The most important thing is to find yourself. Find your formula and what you think, learning not just from one person but from many.
What inspired your portraits series, and in particular the decision to depict your subjects from the back?
These paintings represent a combination of a few factors. As a student, I started collecting pictures of my family and friends. Somehow I always felt attracted by those with the back turned to the viewer. These early paintings have a very melancholy feel, very romanticized. Later on, these portraits became my excuse to investigate different possibilities.