Nadia Brito is an artist from Las Palmas.
- What is your definition of painting?
Painting, as well and any other plastic discipline I can practice, is a comfortable language to express my feelings. It also can work as an escape from reality and an open door to other worlds with a different set of rules and conventions.
- What do you think of the collectors of your paintings?
I work with several techniques (drawing, painting, engraving …), so I attract different audiences. My work is figurative and quite decorative, so it’s hard to establish a customer profile. Depending on where the exhibition takes place, I call the attention of a specific type of customer. For example, during my recent exhibitions in La Molina Artesanía, I could reach European and Eastern tourists.
- Who is your favorite writer?
I love reading poetry for inspiration, because my pieces can be often defined as visual poems. Alberti, Neruda and Benedetti are among my favorites for their versatility and universality. When reading for entertainment purposes, I love crime novels by authors like Henning Mankell and Alexis Ravelo. Right now, I’m reading Eduardo Mendoza’s latest book and enjoying it so much.
- Which ones are your three contemporary painting references?
Naming only three painters is an understatement, just like talking only about painting.
Miró Mainou’s landscape has always captivated me by its ease. I’m also struck by the current school of Scandinavian illustration, because of its ability to synthetize, which is not easy. Japanese work on paper also fascinates me, because of the delicacy of its details and the fearlessness of emptiness as a compositional element.
- Is technique hard for you?
Once I’ve found the way, developing a painting series isn’t complicated for me. Finding a voice is harder.
- Where did you learn your technique? Did you learn it in school?
I studied Art in high school and also have a degree in Fine Arts. But the best school is observation, perseverance and daily work.
- One last question, are you happy?
Finishing work and liking it is a really rewarding feeling. And if the public responded favorably, that’s certainly close to happiness.