Patricia Guzman – Emma Coccioli intervista l’artista

Patricia Guzman -Oparu- Brave, oil, 30-x 60-

Patricia Guzman Oparu Brave, oil, 30 x 60

Patricia Guzman: Emma Coccioli intervista l’artista per Milano Arte Expo

Nata nel 1983 a Città del Messico Patricia Guzman ha iniziato a dipingere molto giovane, ispirata dal padre Ernesto Guzmàn, pittore, scultore e modellista. Ha esposto in numerose mostre collettive e personali, come alla Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial, 2013; al Thessaloniki International Watercolor Salon, 2015; al World Watercolor Triennale Korea, 2015; alla Trienal de Acuarela en Colombia, 2015; alla 1ª Exposición Internacional de Acuarela Cd de México, 2015; al World Watermedia Exposition Thailand, 2014. Il suo lavoro ha ricevuto numerosi premi e riconoscimenti. Oggi è la rappresentante dell’ International Watercolor Society en México e le sue opere fanno parte di diverse collezioni private in Messico, Stati Uniti, Canada, Belgio, Dubai ed Arabia Saudita.

Purification: what does this title, or the word itself, mean in relation to your work?

I titled Purification the first portrait I painted of the series Roots – portraits of indigenous people – as the boy of this painting has white marks on his face due to the Easter celebrations of the Raramuri (Tarahuma) people in Northwest Mexico. Men and boys alike paint their faces and bodies with these white marks representing the purification they seek by dancing and walking non-stop for three days.

Raramuri” or “Corridori della Sierra Madre”: the Tarahumara call themselves the “Raramuri”, meaning Runners of the Sierra Madre, or “fleet-footed”. This race is one of the cornerstones of the Tarahumara’s cultural identity, especially the long distance races and those on irregular terrain. They wear white linen trousers and handmade sandals and are wrapped in capes. The Raramuri have developed a soft, harmonious attitude towards long distance races – a characteristic that would make runners of any other culture turn pale. For example Raramuri hunters are able to hunt a deer without shooting it, simply by outrunning the animal and waiting until it falls, exhausted, to the ground. What has this population taught you about races? Are there any stories or anecdotes on the subject that have impressed you?

Yes, there is this word ‘Corima’, which refers to the attitude of empathy that keeps them united by giving or sharing what another person is lacking. Their objective in running can be hunting, as you mention, or reaching other places, or spiritual, but they never race to compete among themselves. When they are running they do it as a group, and if someone is lacking strength, then the energy of the group will help that individual and keep everyone running strong.

Mujer Raramuri/Raramuri Woman: can you tell us about this painting?

I was instantly overwhelmed by the beauty and strength of this woman, and I just had to paint her. I wanted to emphasise her eyes and mouth with the use of light.

Patricia Guzman

Patricia Guzman

Oparu – Valiente/Brave: what are the particular characteristics of courage according to the Raramuri? Who is the boy?

During the Easter celebrations Raramuri people of different regions meet in Norogachi. The boy in this painting belongs to one of these groups, and may express the word courage in different ways. Courage can be the courage and strength involved in the purification process of their three-day rituals during Easter celebrations. It can also be the courage of keeping their traditions alive despite all the social, economic and even natural difficulties they are constantly faced with.

Un Sueño- A Dream: I particularly love this painting! The three girls are walking on a thin film of water … What inspired you? Who are the three girls?

I was inspired by the idea of linking opposite worlds – the city and these Raramuri girls. In ancient times the area that is now occupied by the City of Mexico used to be a lake. I wanted to link the lake with the city and the girls, showing them as free and happy as possible, occupying a space which was originally their own as indigenous people. This is where I want my work to be headed, bringing together different realities in one image.

Patricia Guzmán, Un sueño, acuarela, 50 x 70cms

Towi nina – Nino que ve/Child who sees: I notice that the eyes are often lit with intense light. What do they represent to you?

To me the eyes are the windows of the soul, as it was once said. I emphasise the eyes in my paintings because I want to reach out to those who are looking at the painting by engaging them through the depth of the gaze. My aim is to be able to reveal twofold feelings in Raramuri expressions/gazes; they can be strong and yet so fragile, warm yet so sad.

Horses. Can you tell us about your passion for horses? How did it come about?

For as long as I can remember I’ve been truly passionate about horses. They are such magnificent, beautiful beings and I have always felt the desire to be near them. They were great teachers when I began my painting career with horse portrait commissions. The first paintings I ever sold were done in exchange for riding lessons when I was 16.

Patricia Guzman

Patricia Guzman

I really like the warm colours of your paintings. What artists do you especially like from the point of view of colour, composition and the portrayal of atmosphere? What do you think of the hyperrealist Daniela Montanari?

Thank you. I don’t see myself as a painter of colour, but rather as a painter of light. The colours in my paintings are inextricably linked to its tone value (its corresponding grey in the scale of white/middle tones/black). However, I have a personal preference for the palette I continually use, and that comes from intuition by using the colours that most faithfully reflect what I want to express. For both colour and atmosphere I’d say Rembrandt, Odd Nerdrum, Velazquez and Vincent Desiderio. For composition, Andrew Wyeth. I didn’t know Daniela Montanari’s work, I think it’s great.

Patricia Guzman: Emma Coccioli intervista l’artista per Milano Arte Expo

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