Last month Chinese gallery SurgeART proposed me to introduce a tiny part of my collection in China. They choose my artwork to be introduced to around 10.000 chinesse collectors in Asia.
Here’s the interview they did for that…
Meet Sergio Rincón, the Barcelona-born abstract artist and founder of Corner4Art, a collective of independent contemporary artists in Spain. His works have been exhibited in Spain, Latin America, USA and the United Kingdom.
While encouraging his group of artists to push boundaries in their practice, he has been expanding the reach of Corner4Art by showcasing select works in China exclusively via SURGE Art. Here, we speak to the artist to find out more about his work, life and inspirations.
Do you think of your work as particularly “Spanish”? Most of our artists are Chinese, but being contemporary artists, not all their works necessarily reference Chinese culture. How do you feel about locating your own cultural influence into your contemporary artwork – is it necessary or not?
I don’t think my work as “Spanish” because my inspirations don’t particularly have close relations with traditional Spanish artists or local influences.
My main inspiration comes from the Abstract Expressionism of Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Yves Klein or people like Cy Twombly, Keith Haring, Miquel Barceló or Antoni Tàpies. I’m very curious about Tàpies’ language of combining words, numbers, signs and other things inspired by Zen Buddhism and Numerology.
Other inspirations come from Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and comic and animation artists such as Chuck Jones, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.
Why have these artists had such a huge influence on you? Do you see your artwork as homage to them?
Both Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat are huge inspirations, but I think I’m closer to the language of Antoni Tàpies. I can’t say my artwork is a homage to them, but I take them as a starting point to create something, combining ways of expression and language from them as well as my own way of thinking.
What are the things from daily life that inspire you to paint?
This is a question I’ve been asked a lot – I paint about the simple things in life; love, heartbreak, death, friendship, fear, happiness and sometimes about the feelings between two people; father and son, partners, friends. I like to paint emotions using symbols and numbers combined with different materials such as paper, wood, metal, acrylic paint, oil, sand, etc.
Which of your artworks do you like the most?
Keep the Faith was done after a very sad period of my life. This work was originally painted in black, white and grey. When finished I decided to repaint it with the intention of changing it from sadness to something closer to happiness.
I used many different materials and colours on the work – the clean white heart over red (the colour of passion and excitement) is about giving strength. It’s followed by a huge “108”, which represents myself, and “KEEP FAITH”. That is a message of hope, to expect something good coming in the near future. It’s about keeping faith in myself.
Below that you can see a turned cross trying to find the balance. Although it is not well balanced, there is something strong fixing the base giving the point of consistency. I work with many different crosses (like Tàpies) because it has more than 100 different meanings.
In the past many people have wanted to buy Keep the Faith, but I didn’t want to sell it. A couple of months ago I decided to see who would be its next friend, so I chose to include it for the SURGE Art selection. It’s an amazing dose of energy.
Tell us about Corner4Art – what was the inspiration for starting it?
Corner4Art was created a about year ago with some friends. Most artists want to dedicate their time to working and creating, rather than dedicating their time to commercial tasks. We knew there was a huge number of amazing artwork that had never been shown to people, so after talking to artist friends, we decided to create opportunities to show everybody what this group of artists can offer to the world.
Most C4A artists come with the intention to move their creations to a platform people can easily access. For many of them, it is the right place for where artworks should be after exhibitions are over.
What is a typical day for you like?
I wake up around 7:30am – I like to stay for a while with my wife and two kids before I take my motorbike to my office in Barcelona (I live in Sitges, a tiny village close to the city). I spend half of my time, from Monday to Thursday, on the business side of things, handling Internet issues, taking pictures, etc. I handle all my business in my office in Barcelona and create all my artwork in my studio in Sitges.
The reason I go to Barcelona every morning is because I like to split the day into two different environments – I don’t like to deal with business issues in the same place as where I focus on creating.
I have lunch at around 3 PM after going to the gym for a while. If it’s the weekend, I like to spend an hour or so running with my dog in the forest close to my home, early in the morning. After lunch I like to rest a little before I start creating again.
I do most of my intensive work on my art from Friday to Sunday after lunch time. I never know when I’m back for dinner, so on many days I take a break to spend a little bit more time with my kids.
I end my day a little after midnight, after spending some time with my wife and reading for at least 30 minutes.
Which SURGE Art artists are your favourites, and why?
Two artists I find interesting are Chu Haina and Fang Xiaolong. I like Chu Haina’s photography because of its simplicity in conception and colours, and Fang Xiaolong’s works because of the focalization of the painted detail that makes me imagine the rest.
See more of Sergio Rincón and Corner4Art’s work here.