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A visit to Albert Alís studio
How would you define your work?
Evocative, suggestive, light, concise. I would define it as the fruit of a classical spirit with an unconventional mood, since I come from a secular tradition, but I carry out my creations with a fresh and informal language.
Could you tell us about your creative process?
I base myself on the look, I look around me and it is the sensations that I perceive that guide my brush. So it all starts with a stain, trying to find a way to transfer this small feeling to the canvas or paper. I seek to turn observation and emotions into painting without falling into the trap of the process or the materials.
When and for what reasons did you start painting?
I would say that I have painted forever. From a very young age I painted with a lot of passion, to such an extent that when my paints and papers ran out I ended up using those of my brothers. The passion for painting has always accompanied me, that is, more than a reason, what has moved me is the passion for painting.
How has your work evolved over the years?
From the beginning I have had a special interest in light. What has changed has been the way of treating it, I have gone from giving importance to the impact of light on bodies and elements, to giving value to the light that emanates from colour, from bodies or from environments. Also over time I have accentuated a tendency to synthesis and lightness. I understand the painting as a conversation where, when everything has been said, one word too many - one brushstroke too many - distorts the message. It can be said that currently my work moves, combining two poles: the structure and the atmosphere.
"The very fact of living is a constant challenge for an artist and for me living and painting are one thing."
Could you tell us the artistic projects and exhibitions of your career that you consider most important?
I have always been aware of the need for training and knowledge, I can say that my important project was to start taking painting lessons in 1974 at Pablo Mañé's workshop. The next step was my first major exhibition, where I presented myself as a professional artist at the Municipal Museum of Mataró in 1981. The two things, learning and opening up to the world have been the beginning of a life dedicated to art and everything that has come later has been nothing more than a logical consequence.