The Ibizan artist Vanesa de Moutas tells us about the sensations and future projects that emerged after her first solo exhibition in Ibiza
Days ago that Vanesa de Moutas inaugurated his exhibition of collages en Can Tixedó. However, still gives off that air of illusion and disbelief inherent in those who undress before the public for the first time. Because de Moutas had already shown her work before, but always surrounded by other authors. "Exposing alone gave me some vertigo", confesses.
Who would think of someone who has achieved hang one of his works in the Louvre itself? During his training at the prestigious Massana Center in Barcelona, Moutas won a contest in which they participated several schools in Europe. This is how one of his serigraphs found its way into the walls of one of the most famous museums in the world. Anecdote to which the Ibizan artist downplays while we remain ojiplático.
With only 7 years, the world of painting and drawing aroused Vanessa's curiosity. At that age already occupied a desk at Anneliese Witt's painting school and his talent began to dawn. He continued his training in School of Arts and Crafts of Ibiza to study, later, five years at the Massana center in Barcelona. It was in the latter that he obtained his degree in pictorial procedures.
His works have a special force, almost hypnotic, that gets by fitting all kinds of elements that, a priori, have nothing in common. According to Vanesa, the fact that didactic books he uses in his collages are moving into the background in this digital age It gives his works greater value.
He studied because he liked it and it has always seemed tremendously difficult for him to earn a living with art. His time may have come and a good account of it is given by the fact that the day he took his collages to be framed he sold two in the same store. Also, in just a few days his work caught the attention of a important gallery of Madrid that has not taken Contact with her. "When things have to come out, they come out", says de Moutas with a radiant smile.
- What is special about the collage?
It is a technique that gives very different results to the rest. The immediacy of the message gives a lot of play and externalizing what you carry inside through collages is much easier for me. In it I find my way of expression.
-It was the first time you exhibited solo, what do you feel?
Much satisfaction. People kept coming. You always wait for your friends but, in addition, people from the cultural scene of the island and different painters who I loved seeing came. It was a success that I did not expect.
-What has made you cast now?
This is the moment. I have finally found time to do what I really like. I am enjoying myself as a dwarf of what I am doing and, in addition, I am lucky to have a partner who shares my love for art with me, in fact, he is also working on his next exhibition.
"Why did you focus on the underwater world?"
Being from Ibiza is something that is very close to me. The island is a very inspiring place.
- Where do you get the images you use in your works?
Most of them are books I buy in markets. I love the geology, botany or gardening of the 70 and 80 years. They have a different pixelation and colors.
- How is the process of creating one of your collages? Do you sit in front of endless cuts and try to fit or do you have a concrete idea?
Most of the time it has nothing to do with how you start and how you end. There should always be a main idea but, until you refine with what you really want, you keep changing. Many times the main elements end up disappearing. It takes a long time to find the place where everything is perfectly seated.
- What projects await you after your success in Can Tixedó?
As a result of this exhibition several works have arisen. Immediately after hanging out in this room I took the collages to the Cultural Center of Santa Gertrudis. In addition, the people in charge of Amante Lifestyle Club, a private club in Madrid very close to the world of art, want it to be exhibited in its hall next fall.
-You have a very special look. Everyone says that you are the Ibizan Frida Kahlo. What do you think?
Yes, they tell me a lot and it gives me a lot of cut, but I love the comparison!
In his Facebook profile 'The Collagist' You can contemplate part of his work and find out about future events.