Interview: Vicente Panach

Interview: Vicente Panach Image courtesy of Vicente Panach 

Interview: Vicente Panach

Luca Curci talks with the artist Vicente Panach during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Vicente Panach was born in Valencia, city with a great light, full of color and with the  freshness of the sea. Since he was a child he went out with his bike to paint, fascinated by his surroundings. Such was the illusion that he found, that he decided to study art. In his work, represented mostly by the landscape and the environment, we can find part of reality and part of fiction, and with it makes direct reference to the symbiosis of people. An entropy that aims to represent visually the union between the physical and the psychic, through light, color and matter. The duality of these two concepts, causes a need to reach a nexus, a goal, a horizon where the human being can find their own soul, and be able to develop their intellectual capacities. That is why there is always a reason, and never an ending. In his pictorial language, we observe contrasts between calm and frenzy, with very soft brush strokes or very aggressive palette knifes. Everything generates an atmosphere that moves with the rhythm of his life, and together, generates a series of works with a lot of personal weight. From a deep analysis of reality and transcending with a strong abstraction, Panach aims to offer the viewer an inside view of the humans, through the interior of nature. He works in various artistic fields, mostly in the visual arts, especially painting, and for a while, have been introducing sculpture in his daily activity, developing projects of visual dimensionality, and whose language resides between geometry and asymmetry, to create visual universes , and obtain as a result all kinds of unreal landscapes. His objective is to expose to the world, that the dimensions in reality are a consequence of the personal state of the human being, and that they are born from within, sometimes controlled and sometimes not, which makes us think about our origin and our fate. Working daily in his studios, he’s developing projects along with other related activities.

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Luca Curci  What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the
most?
Vicente Panach I have the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, complemented with Restoration and conservation of heritage and musical production, among others. The experience that has influenced me most is the constant work, even before the university. An artist can’t stop creating, because it is his way of life. And once the years go by I realize. As a particularity, the great wisdom that my good friend and teacher, Jose Maria Yturralde, has taught me, and also that of all the people around who help me every day, even in small things.

LC – What are you currently working on?
VP – I’m preparing several projects, mostly pictorical, that will be shown soon in different  exhibitions, but also, some sculpture, and restoration of heritage, specifically, mural painting. I also continue to work on scale models and scenography projects, and less often, my musical productions. Weekly I teach drawing and painting classes in my workshop/studio and eventually I give conferences about contemporary art, and I participate as a jury in competitions and artistic events.                                                          g

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
VP – The most difficult thing is to be able to communicate the message I want to express, and  in this way it can easily see my artistic language. I am not interested so much that the viewer understands the work, but that it thrills him, without the need for knowledge. Art should be emotional, like reading, music or theater, without having to be an expert in the field. Touching sensibility is the hardest thing, of course from the beauty of art, not from  provocation. In the end, my work goes a little unnoticed, because it does not provoke, but when it catches you, it catches you fully. I am not worried about visibility, but about the objective.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
VP – A series of paintings, in which I want to represent the present. And this is something  new, because I always try to evoke the future, or new dimensions that make the human being, feel in a space outside of reality.  Although this is my line of work, for a moment I want to represent that same sensation from the current reality, in this case, reminding us of stellar space, without distant horizons, through an abstraction of lines, comparable to planetary rings, of course, working with sensitivity when transmitting this through painting.

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LC – What is your creative process like?
VP – As I work from the abstraction, for me, the main thing is a good perception of reality,  incubated in dreams, which in the end, creates an entropic illusion, desire, chaos, or clarity, among many other internal factors of human being. I work with several techniques and supports, but in reality what matters most to me is that the execution is the one I’m looking for, even if I have to try several times, but I’m not satisfied.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
VP – If I like the work, I have no preferences, but to say the least, it would be the  landscape. Although it is true, it is an unreal, or ideal, landscape in which, at least, the mind can find itself. It is part of the concentration that helps me on a day to day basis. My work, after all, is my support in life.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
VP – Yes, absolutely, because we live in the contemporary era, and it is not just a stage, but  it is the feeling that everything is in constant evolution. Every day new things are created, from science, technology, arts, and human  evolution, and I think the fact of putting together art, architecture, design, fashion, etc., is the best way to show the world that everything can flow in perfect harmony.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
VP – Of course, from my point of view, it helps current communication. I believe that all  people should share their wisdom, be they artists or engineers, to make a better world, and not to destroy it. Therefore I believe that this proposal in itself, is a great media of sharing our work to the world, involving a large number of people, which is a great advance. Thanks to these events, people increasingly feel closer. 

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