Interviews | June 23, 2022 |

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Interview: Begoña Lafuente
Luca Curci
talks with Begoña Lafuente, winner of ARTIST OF THE MONTH – MAY 2022.

Begoña Lafuente lives and works as an artist near the Northen sea in The Netherlands. Born, raised, and educated in Spain, she moved to North Holland in 2009. Begoña is a multidisciplinary experimental artist; her process is continuously evolving using different techniques and media from paint and experimental photography, to scenography and collage or monoprint, fusing reality with abstract. Her artworks invite you to draw your own interpretations.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Begoña Lafuente –
I got my degree in Fine Arts at the University of Madrid in 1992. I started working as a graphic designer right afterward and eventually participated in some art shows with my paintings. My professional experience was mainly focused on the corporate image including logo design and all the visual identity of the company for almost 20 years. This influenced and still drives the compositions of my artworks. I try to synthesize the maximum meaning through the minimum information, which is what you really do when you design a logo. My art is mainly focused on semi-abstract portraits. I study the face’s features to capture the attention of the viewers and make them participate in the final piece through their experience of the art.

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LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
BL –
I moved to the Netherlands in 2009 due to my husband’s job. Then I decided to turn around my professional carrier going back to my origins and started working as a visual artist full time. I must admit it was a difficult process to change from producing by the demand to creating by my own initiative.

LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is It a reasoned or an instictive process?
BL –
I choose to balance abstract and figurative through a reasoned process during the creation of my portraits. I am really intrigued by perception tricks and I love to play around with them in my art.

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LC – Do you use your art to express something in particular? Is It your medium of expression?
BL –
I consider the portraits a symbolic diary that keeps track of my evolution as a person and as an artist. The abstract compositions become intentional storytellers with emotions that everybody can relate to.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
BL –
Giving a personality to a portrait and naming it makes me feel very attached to each one of my creations. When I am ready to share that part of myself when I see my piece completed. I feel I succeeded in making the art open to interpretation inviting you as a viewer to use your creative mind.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
BL –
People, their personalities, their stories, and the way they behave trigger my imagination.

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