From 25th July to 31st August gallery closed on holidays. We are still working online.
A visit to Fernando Alday studio
How would you define your work?
I start with an almost archaeological research on colour and texture. In my work I use 17 th century records and old paper as my primary object, along with medieval ink. I am interested in the fact that these materials expose the passage of time, but in the sense that they make you feel that the present is within the circle of life; I am interested in the ephemeral, in mutability; this way I try to make the spectator aware of the present as life’s driving engine.
Could you tell us about your creative process?
The first think I do is to select the material I want to use. The material itself can reveal the work’s topic, but I can also think of it myself beforehand. Then I stick it on the canvas on the stretcher to create a surface on which I can draw and work on the collage. I somehow try to bring paper back to life, as if in an intimate act.
How and why did you become an artist?
I studied Graphic Design at the University in Chile, but I was not motivated, so I moved to the USA in search for my actual vocation. And painting revealed to me, it chose me. My path started there as a self-taught personal and artistic research.
How has you work evolved throughout the years?
In my beginnings I painted abstract or symbolic, pre-Columbian inspired, paintings. Later on I learned more about Art History and I started taking interest in figuration.