Paloma Marquez – Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contemplando el repertorio - 55 x 80 cm - acrilico sobre tela

Contemplando el repertorio – 55 x 80 cm – acrilico sobre tela

Briefly describe the work you do. 

My works speak of man, in its simplest aspect … of their cycles and processes, thoughts, and especially situations that stand in their way and must solve, analyzing obstacles, but always “calmly active and actively calm ” (P.Yogananda). The whole society is a reflection of each individual, I like to observe (from inside and outside) as the crowds move like a choreography, split, compress and disperse. These piles of people, objects, thoughts, generate noise, an eternal murmur. Just as everything is nothing … the noise becomes silences opposition. That primary human schema, stripped, black and white, is what ends up reinforcing the message, if these clusters of figures they had a more realistic representation may become the work into something extremely baroque. The counterpoint created from the representation of a complex situation with simple images, the motley sum of small figures that generate volumes, create a work that is read from the general to the particular.

In my recent works appear as protagonists one or more bags and other objects as doors, boots, glasses,etc, its format is old and its representation in color is very realistic, these objects dialogue with schematic figures of the previous works. The human figures remain small scale, not keeping any logical relationship sized suitcases, interacting create situations that range from the dramatic to the irony. I also work on multiple media: paintings, sound sculptures, video and poems. An example is the series of photographs and videos that I made in Los Bordos of Guachin, La Rioja, Argentina, becomes in turn a mirror, showing natural desolation of many of the recesses of our being. In the experience I had when making this record, always look to the immensity of the landscape is the protagonist and protector of that helpless self-absorbed individual.

Tell us about your background and how that has had an influence on your work and on you as an artist.

I grew up in a small town between mountains, called Chilecito, in La Rioja, Argentina, my mother is also an artist, so being in that context surely influenced me. After finishing school I moved to Buenos Aires, I studied with several artists meanwhile I went to University.

Permanecia estrechamente enlazado, y mil veces entremezclado - 40 x 50 cm - acrílico sobre tela - 2015 -

Permanecia estrechamente enlazado, y mil veces entremezclado – 40 x 50 cm – acrílico sobre tela – 2015 –

The concept of the artist studio has a broad range of meanings in contemporary practice. Artists may spend much of their time in the actual studio, or they may spend very little time in it. Tell us about your individual studio practice and how it differs from or is the same as traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

I find myself working all the time, thinking in new projects, during travels or between other activities. I found peace in my studio, being alone there I can develop better my activities. Always with music and tea.

What roles do you find yourself playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

Well I found myself as a painter, carpenter, photographer, writer, and a lot of time as an administrator/ office work.

When do you find is the best time to make art? Do you set aside a specific time everyday or do you have to work whenever time allows?

In general I spent 2 or 3 entire days a the studio… as long as I stay in concentration… the best, because it´s hard to connect with distractions, for me the quiet of the night is a great time for work.

Olas I - 65 x 47,5 cm - Tinta sobre Papel - Serie Olas - 2007

Olas I – 65 x 47,5 cm – Tinta sobre Papel – Serie Olas – 2007

How has your work changed in the past five years? How is it the same?

In the last years, I add colors and objects with realistic technique of painting, I also made a few video-poems, and installations, with video and sound. the idea is to work more with interactive projects.

How have people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers, other artists or even pop icons had an impact on the work you do?

As I said before my mother is an artist.. so from my childhood I´ve been surrounded by art and he example of the greatest ones, also musicians influenced me a lot, as Dylan, and Argentinian traditional music.

Have you ever been pulled in the direction of a pursuit other than being an artist? What are your other interests? 

In my personal case, I couldn´t choose, is like my hands where made for this, I´m always thinking about concepts and meanin, searching for new ideas, for messages to spread, I cant imagine myself in a noncreative work.


Paloma Marquez- headshoT_1I came to art when I was in school and trying to express my views on the society surrounding me. I’m from a small town called Chilecito, in the west of Argentina. When I moved to Buenos Aires to study, the change enriched my visual work: the crowds, the spaces, the busy paths and streets, the relationships and behaviors that I constantly observe here are the inspiration to my images.

In 2006 I graduated from high school at the Joaquin V. Gonzalez School in Chilecito and moved to Buenos Aires, where I studied Sound and Recording at the Universidad Nacional de Lanus. That same year I obtained an art scholarship at Proyectarte (a non-profit organization which creates, develops, and supports innovative art projects in the United States), which gave me the opportunity to exhibit my drawings and paintings and start making my way into the city’s art circuit. That year I also completed another degree in Audiovisuals (Licenciatura en Audiovisión) at the Universidad Nacional de Lanus.

Nowadays I take classes with several important Argentinean artists, such as Leonel Luna and Jorge Gonzalez Perrín. I worked as assistant of serveral artists as Eugenio Cuttica, Daniel Corvino and the photographer Jorge Roiger.  I´m studying a Master degree in electronics and newmedia art at UNTREF. My work has been exhibited in artistic events and art galleries in Chilecito, La Rioja, Cordoba, La Pampa, Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles, as well as at the Argentinian Consulate in New York, in Rockefeller Art Center in Boston, at Starchariot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and in  Zurich.

Paloma Marquez-working

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