Interview: Oscar Olivares
Luca Curci talks with Oscar Olivares during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Oscar Olivares was born on September 15, 1996, in Caracas. Visual artist and lecturer. He began his career in 2011 as the first Venezuelan soccer cartoonist when he was 14. His work has been exhibited in much of Venezuela and in cities such as Miami, Bogota, Houston, Panama, Denver, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Pescara, Rome, Santo Domingo, Venice and Kuala Lumpur. He was the youngest artist in showing his art during the Artexpo New York 2017 and 2018. He has received various awards such as the Ibero-American Award for Online Entrepreneurship 2015, and the Mara de Oro Prize 2017 as Prominent Venezuelan visual artist of international projection. Currently there is a work with his signature in at least 22 countries and has more than 20 murals in Venezuela, including one of the biggest ecological murals in Latin America made by more than 250.000 bottlecaps. He has lectured around 5 nations, sharing his experiences on the potential that inhabits the human being to reach their goals in the face of any adversity and raise the light that exists inside all people in the face of darkness.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Oscar Olivares – For me, Art is the union betweet a master technique and a pure feeling, I don’t think that everything is art, because art is something special, something unique that moves the humankind to be better, art is innovation, knowledge, passion and that pure feeling that comes from our inner child.
LC – What are you currently working on?
OO – I am finishing the first eco-mural of Venezuela, that is one of the biggest murals of the world made with just bottle caps. We are talking of 45 meters of art made of bottle caps, this artwork tooks 2 month to be done and has been possible thanks to the iniciative of the ONG Okospiri and a lot of companies and citizens that have helped us with this huge artwork. So, now that we are going to be done with it I’ll begin to work in a new series of paitings.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
OO – I could say that my preferred subjects are my feelings, experiences and passions, I feel that every paiting is born in the soul of the artist, so I want to express everything that connects with my emotions; my artwork is very personal and related with myself, I like to make people interested in things that bring color to my life. I look for the people to feel the same energy I felt when I was painting, at lest for the moment they are looking at my work.
LC – What is your creative process like?
OO – As I said before I feel that every paiting begins in the soul, heart and mind of the artist, first I have an experience or feel an emotion, then I begin to make some sketches to visualize what I am feeling or thinking and when I have my idea ready I begin to work on it. Usually it’s easy to choose the colors, because I seek to make the colors the responsibles of transforming the scene on emotions and feelings for the people. The painting possibly changes a lot during the creative process, is like I could receive messages during the creation, it’s incredible, sometimes I don’t even understand my paiting until it’s ready but my intuition tells me what do I have to do.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
OO – I feel that being an artist nowadays is like being a prophet of passion, intelligence and innovation; it’s a real challenge because people is always consuming information and the artist should go deeper than the rest of the world. In this moment I thing that the art world is not about what we see, but about our opinion. The artists can be a voice for that people that feel something inside of their soul but are not awaken enough to say what they feel or thing.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
OO – These arts were part of a preexisting serie where I wanted to express my inner body, the soul, coexisting whit the rest of the world, specially the nature.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
OO – As I said before, I wanted to show the connection between the soul and the physical world, this connection happens thanks to our body. So in this paintings you can see, for example, how small is our body before the greatness of the universe but how at the same time we are limitless when we are connected with our soul and with nature.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
OO – Everything has been amazing, I have felt very comfortable, I think that in ITSLIQUID you see the value of every artist and the importance of our culture, our story and message and that is really important. I have been in so many art events that are just about selling, and that is good, but I think that the real success of an artist is deeper than that and I feel that you have made all the artist of this festival being closer to our goals.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
OO – Of course, I think that your work is amazing and I really hope to continue participating in art fairs around the world with you!
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
OO – Absolutely, is an opportunity to connect with the world, not just with one country. I loved so much this experience that I shared it with my students in Academia Olivares to tell them how it is to work in Art Fairs with companies like ITSLIQUID GROUP. Thank you for everything!