one often finds the same symbolic elements in your paintings?
It is true that I like to be inspired by contrasts sun/moon,
cold and hot, values that to me, are not to be considered
as a duality but more as as complementary components. The
one cannot be dissociated from the other. Light would not
be highlighted without shade, as shade would not exist without
light. But the most disturbing is when there is fusion of
these values; something magical happens in a perfect harmony,
as a union to a new creation: the ultimate perfection. A real
alchemy of forms. I realize I have not exhausted the inspiration
that is inside me; this is what makes me believe that it will
influence me again for future works.
is a strange idea to draw a subject such as skeletons!
In fact, it is surely not some macabre idea as some may think,
on the contrary. At the time I was at the Academy and as I
was in lack of inspiration, my eye came to rest on the true
skeleton models that were in
the room. From the first look (if I may say) we took to each
other immediately. It goes without saying that it would have
been difficult to find a model as willing as him to hold the
pose. I do not dramatize this subject, although it is a really
serious topic, because to me, death is only a passage to another
life; in another place only God knows about.
what reason did you paint a picture of Barbra Streisand?
It is obvious that it is because I have a deep admiration
for this person, I think is highly talented. I was 7 or 8
when I discovered her on TV in the film "Funny Girl"; she
was sublime. Since then, she has been one of the few artists
that never disappointed me. This is why I painted that picture
to pay homage to the career of Barbra Streisand, who is an
artist in her own right. She has a gift for passing real emotions
on to others, through her voice, her talent as an actress
and a director, as well as through her positive thoughts.
I think that she is simply a positive person. I would be very
honoured if one day she could visit my website.