Interview: Cristina Amezcua
Luca Curci talks with Cristina Amezcua during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Cristina is a Mexican artist based in Munich, Germany. She grew up in a bicultural family (Colombian mom, Mexican father) and developed a profound love for Latin American indigenous arts and colors. From a very young age, she studied drawing and painting and continued to do so along with her studies in International Relations. She spent the last 17 years travelling and working in different multinational companies. She used this time to collect experiences and learn from other cultures that are now her main inspiration. It was after 2018 that she moved from Mexico to Germany and went back to her painting. In 2020 during the COVID pandemic, Cristina started studying art as a self-taught contemporary artist. After mixing and exploring different movements, she found that the expressionist and abstract styles, helped her to release her point of view in a more spontaneous and fun way. Inspired by artists like Monet, Robert Motherwell, Frida Kahlo, Derain, and Kandinsky, she uses different mediums, oils, acrylics, pastels, and paper. The colors and textures used in her art; intend to portray the clash of societies, ecosystems, and cultures. For Cristina, the constant misunderstandings between cultures, nature, and societies, are the origin of most of our present dissatisfactions. During her first two years in Germany, she faced a Cultural Shock process that ultimately helped her to collect emotions, frustrations, learnings, and inspiring moments. The use of colour is a constant in her artwork, lines, the sun, clouds, towns, buildings, nature, and landscapes. For her, our cultures are alive, and they come in multiple colors.
LUCA CURCI – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
CRISTINA AMEZCUA – I got interested in arts from a very young age, but it has been until the last two years that I started developing my current work. In 2018 I moved from Mexico to Germany, and the relocation allowed me to go back to my painting.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
CA – For me, painting is a way to express mainly emotions that come from my past experiences and my present surroundings. Before starting a new piece I usually sketch for one or two nights, and then I decide on the main three or four colors that will set the mood of the painting. I draw whatever comes to my mind, I try to recreate situations or emotions using lines, forms, or figures, and I use some colors to imitate feelings that go along with these situations. Once I start working on a canvas, I usually paint alone and play music of no specific style.
LC- How is being an artist nowadays?
CA – It has been an exciting process full of learnings, an opportunity to go deeper in a personal journey that I always had the desire to explore, but never got the courage to pursue. I’m thrilled to have the platform that allows me to present my point of view as an artist, as a woman, a mom, a wife, a Latina, living in Europe.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
CA – My work represents mainly the social expressions of our daily life. Through my paintings, I’m trying to express the clash of our realities. The connection of our cultures, our nature, the collective mosaic where we are living. Listening to the observer allows me to understand their point of view and interpretations.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
CA – Yes, I started painting landscapes, fruits, and general drawings, and after observing styles like Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, and Abstraction, I’m trying to propose my perspective. In the beginning, I always tried to be very precise with every piece, but I realized it was not working. Sometimes I needed to cover in full-white paintings that were supposed to be ready. I learned that to be able to transmit and transport the viewer in a specific moment, the paintings have to be produced mainly with different technical aspects but also with profound emotions.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
CA – I agree that our Future Landscapes have no boundaries. I believe they are the result of the daily coexistence of our global society. They represent the connection between our different cultures, ecosystems, needs, inventions, discomforts, and desires. The concept of this exhibition allowed me to express a perspective of what I believe our present landscapes look like.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
CA – Yes, once I applied and got accepted to be part of Contemporary Venice, the piece was in the very first stage. The concept of the exhibition inspired me and gave me some guidance about what I wanted to achieve with the painting.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CA – Completely. Every door, window, or opportunity to present an artistic perspective is an opportunity to find more inspiration and the beginning of a new and very probable exciting phase.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CA – It has been a pleasure working with the entire team and suppliers. The experience has been warm and welcoming. Looking forward to future collaboration with ITSLIQUID GROUP.