10 QUESTIONS FOR EDGAR MENDOZA

  Edgar Mendoza    Durango, Mexico (1967)  Winner of the 1st International Prize ModPortrair Artelibre 2013 His painting is part of the collection of the MEAM European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, s well as private collections in Spain and Mexico. He was part of the painters of the Gallery Santiago Echeberria in Madrid. He has participated in art fairs like ARTmadrid and in the competitions of the Foundation of Arts and Artists, obtaining Honorable Mention in 2008 with his painting "La merienda". His collective exhibitions stand out in the MEAM, in the MUA University Museum of Alicante as well as his individual exhibition in the Godoy World Art Gallery in Madrid in 2007.  Currently lives in Alicante Spain.

Edgar Mendoza 

Durango, Mexico (1967)

Winner of the 1st International Prize ModPortrair Artelibre 2013
His painting is part of the collection of the MEAM European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, s well as private collections in Spain and Mexico.
He was part of the painters of the Gallery Santiago Echeberria in Madrid.
He has participated in art fairs like ARTmadrid and in the competitions of the Foundation of Arts and Artists, obtaining Honorable Mention in 2008 with his painting "La merienda".
His collective exhibitions stand out in the MEAM, in the MUA University Museum of Alicante as well as his individual exhibition in the Godoy World Art Gallery in Madrid in 2007.

Currently lives in Alicante Spain.

Q&A

1. What is different from your work than others when painting the figure now?
I don’t think there’s a difference. It is the first time I exhibit my work in the United States and to be honest, I don’t know how my painting is going to be received, I’m a bit curious about that. I hope to be able to communicate something through my work and have a silent conversation with somebody.

2. How important is process versus end results?
A well-built process from the start, in general, is going to give good results to the final image. From the beginning I have fun drawing, after that, I find the painting process monotonous and boring, but when I am at the final stage detailing everything I have a big smile on my face.
 
3. What is your ultimate goal when painting the figure?
The characters in my paintings are like actors acting in a role. My aim is to direct them in order to act in the best possible way, it does not matter if the composition is very elaborated or just showing their faces to the spectator.
 
4. What do you like best about your work?
When I paint I’m not afraid, I love that.
 
5. What do you do you like least about your work?
There are a lot of technical details I don’t like because I lack but, above all, I get exasperated by the long elaborate process that is required to make a great painting, that is why I greatly admire my colleagues in realistic painting.
 
 6. Why the figure?
 For me, it is the most complex esthetic, varied and difficult structure to build. The human figure is the one that expresses and transmits the most in every scope.
 
7. Which are your greatest influences?
The living contemporary realistic and hyper-realistic painters, most of all the ones I know personally. To get along well and spend time with them has been fundamental for my growth.
 
8. What is your background?
I am a self-taught painter.
 
9. Name three artists you'd like to be compared to in history books.
This is quite fun:
Diego Rivera
Lawrence Alma-Tadema
John Singer Sargent
Pieter Brueghel the Elder
 
 10. What is your favorite work in the exhibition besides your own and why?
"Irene and the unicorn" by Miguel Angel Moya.
It is a perfect well-built painting, the spectator that watch it live will know what I mean.