Edgar Plans

Interview by Jimon

1. Where do you currently reside?  I usually live in Gijon. It is a small city in the north of Spain, a perfect place to live and paint. You can do a lot of things from walking along the promenade to trekking in the mountains. Besides, it is inhabited by friendly people.

2. Do you remember the first piece of art you created? How old where you?  I don’t remember the first piece that I created but I remember the first piece I sold. It was a seascape with a fisherman throwing the hook. This was an image of my brother who loves fishing. It was 1997.

3. How did your acquire your style?  I am fond of street art, graffiti and I love Basquiat’s paintings, and his expressiveness. When you are young you are more influenced by artists or trends than when you are an adult. Unconsciously you get your own style.

4. You have a series with cartoonish characters, what is the origin of these characters?  My interest in comics, illustration books and animation films is the origin of the characters in my paintings. The series started in 2006.

5. What is the message you are trying to convey through your art?  At first, I wanted to convey feelings and emotions with my art. Nowadays my intention with my animal heroes is to criticize the human acts against the planet. The characters fight against gender violence, racism and envy.

6. What has the most influence on your work?  I really like Children’s art, the freedom of expression, the gestures, the strokes and the free use of colour. I’m worried about losing those qualities someday. It’s very difficult to paint as a child when you are an adult.

7. Do you have a favourite artist?  I don’t have a favourite artist. I’m an art lover. I admire everyone who tries to live with working in the art world. It’s very respectable, hard and admirable. I always find something positive in the work of other artists.

8. What do you worry about the most?  Nowadays, I am worried about the future of the world. There are a lot of environmental problems and we need to think more long-term and realise that everything we do has implications for future generations. There are lots of things we can all do to protect the environment. On the other hand I also worry about emerging artists. I try to encourage them and help them in everything I can. It’s a shame that many good artists don’t have the opportunity to show their work.

9. Do you have a place/person/thing that you visit for inspiration?  Certainly, I have many. However, my last trip to the south of France was very inspiring. There I knew the places where great artists of history lived. These are experiences that enrich your life, open your mind and later inspire my work.

In my life I have met many people who have contributed to the different values. Apart from my father, who was a reference for me, I have friends like Daniel Navarro (Professional cyclist of Team Cofidis) that I see everyday who sacrifices on the bike, Josep Font (DelPozo creative director) a wonderful creative mind and an art lover. In the world of art I have friends that are living with the same passion towards their work like me. In general, people inspire me in different qualities as a person.

10. Best advice you ever received in regards to your career as an artist?  It’s a good question. My father, who was a great writer of science fiction and terror, always told me “Work hard and never give up”. The most important thing is to enjoy working and showing respect for your work. Let your work say who you are.

11. If you could have dinner with 3 artists living/dead who would be at your table?  I would like to dinner with a Renaissance artist like Brunelleschi or Miguel Angel because I want to ask them how they created such work with the tools and materials they had at the time. Other artist would be Philip Guston or Jackson Pollock. And the last artist would be Picasso. He was an art genius and it seems that he could have told good jokes at my table!

12. What forth-coming projects and or exhibitions do you have scheduled?  I’m working on a project with small canvases that will fill the walls of Miquel Alzueta Gallery stand in Hampstead Art Fair in London.

13. Is there anything else you would like to add?  I would like to thank gallery Miquel Alzueta for displaying my art at Art on Paper art fair in New York. It was a great welcome. Also I hope to have a solo show at a gallery in New York.

Finally, I want to express my gratitude to those people who do not know me but through social media admire my art. It’s a pleasure to see people enjoy my art.

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