„In the first moments I wanted to please the viewer but I begin to listen myself and painting things were not for the viewer to like but to express myself.” – Exclusive interview with venezuelan/spanish painter, Jean Carlos Puerto.
Could we start with some background information about you? Where you based, a few things about your childhood, and/or about how did you get interested in art.
Well, I’m based in Murcia, Spain. Actually I’m Spanish but I was born in Venezuela. I lived there during my early childhood. Since I was very young I liked painting, drawing and artistic things but it was not until my 31 years old when I reconnect with painting. I started to go to painting lessons to spend more time with my partner who, in that moment, was going to a private academy of fine art. It is when I realise that for me is easy to do everything the teacher showed me. From this moment I got interested even more and more until now.
If we compare your paintings from 2010 to the ones what you have done in 2017 what differences will we see? Can you tell us a bit about your way from 2010 to 2017?
In 2010 I was starting to learn painting skills and never had touch a brush, so my first pictures were like exercises, not very intimate, their had not nothing to do with my nowadays world. Since 2014 I started a path to find my own world in the Art and was not that easy. In the first moments I wanted to please the viewer but I begin to listen myself and painting things were not for the viewer to like but to express myself.
How came your obsession about water/bodys in water?
I love swimming naked in the sea/beach, it is a sensation I never get tired of. I started experimenting with underwater scenes when I saw in Instagram a man that played naked underwater… Was so inspiring. I bought an underwater camera and begin to play with it. I love the reflections, the absence of gravity and the similarity of being inside of the amniotic liquid.
Bath or shower?
Both? Haha, I love having a good bath but a shower can be also very restorative. I like water anyway.
Your paintings also often about daily life moments, how is your ordinary day, what do you do?
Since I am a professional painter my days are very different. You may think that I paint all day (I wish I could), but I have to do all other things related with painting (social media, buying stuff, preparing sendings) and other things that are not (take my dogs for a walk, do some cooking, going to gym, doing some therapy). Anyway my life is very common hehe.
In today digital culture how important is social media to you and your career?
In these days being in the social media is important but for me is still more important. Social media, specially Instagram makes my work accessible to lot of people that wouldn’t be possible in other ways. In these two years as a professional I can say that I have sold paintings from Spain to Asia and that is impressive.
Are there any living artists you admire?
Well, the main reference for me, as a painter that I admire and as a person that helped me to find my own way in painting is Antonio López García. He does a very pure realism and he is one of my references.
Aside of paint, what are your hobbies/passion?
Saying that psychology is my other passion for me would be very obvious. I have been working as a psychologist 10 year and I keep connected to therapy as a familiar therapist. But I have to say that, nowadays I spend more time painting. Also I love travelling, music, dancing and sailing.
Do you have any big/new project for 2018? If yes, what?
In this falling Easter I will collaborate in a Museum of my city (Ramón Gaya Museum), doing an activity that consist on choosing a painting from Gaya t and doing some dialogue with it. The objective is to create a new painting to talk with the original. In the last period of the year I’m preparing a new exhibition in Leucade Gallery. After then why not trying in a bigger city like Madrid, Paris or Berlin?
Find Jean: www.jeancarlospuerto.com @jeanpuertoart