Daniel asks… #1

Pedro Moreno. Painter. Barcelona.


When did you decide to become a painter?

My dedication to painting began in the year 1978, when due to a difficult personal period I started painting, drawing and painting with watercolors as a therapeutic cure. The result of this work which I just did for a few months materialized in an exhibition around certain portraits of Goya in which I completely naively sought to unravel the mystery of his painting. From that moment on I knew I was going to paint.

As the exhibition was a huge success, I decided to investigate into the various different techniques and focus especially on oil painting. I spent about seven years working and researching, testing all the techniques that were available to me and hardly show anything, destroying many works going from paintings strongly influenced by pop British and American painters to massive raids by the abstract and finally reaching figuration, all with many doubts. However, during that period, I was certain that I was a painter and I knew what I wanted was to paint.


What is the best aspect and the worst aspect of being an artist?

The best thing is knowing you are free to create, almost in the literal sense: you have the time to imagine and get inspired. The worst thing is not knowing that you have that gift or manage those talents and you go to your head and you end up playing a trick. Norman Mailer said that the three dangers that lie in creative work are being carried away by laziness, by the complacency and lack of humility. I think this works for all forms of work, and if you run these three dangers you are lost.


What inspires you to do your work?

Everything inspires me. From a reading, a movie or picture from a magazine, to a face or a building seen on the street, or a tree, some flowers. Simply everything, because I think everything can be painted.


Are there some issues that you refuse to paint?

So far I have not put any ban. There are things that attract me more than others. I think, as I said before, that everything, even the seemingly harder, weirder, more ungrateful can be looked through a painter’s eyes and painted.


What would you say to boys and girls who are entering the world of painting in such a difficult time like this?

I would tell them to be honest with themselves and explore their boundaries to discover their talents. To get there you have to work a lot, every day, even without desire. Working in painting requires a lot of effort, a lot of technical skills, and perseverance and make all converge at that point so it becomes artwork.

Interview done by Daniel Guardans

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