10 QUESTIONS FOR EDGAR MENDOZA
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:
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.