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Lopez Marcos

I come to you all with my artwork to share my deep concern about how the whole world that we know is changing very quickly so deeply than the living things that usually inhabited it are not longer exist and others are about to disappear as well. Although this is just my personal warning to the rest of people, I want to shout them at the top of my lungs, THIS PLANET, OUR PLANET IS IN DANGER AND US AS A SPECIE WILL NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT IT.

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you.

According to my parents, when living in Switzerland, at the tender age of three, they caught me decorating their bedroom walls with a lot of drawings. It really was a spectacular beginning as an artist and also my first large scale work. Unfortunately, our landlord did not agree and my parents had to paint over all of my drawings, maybe I was too ambitious… or not. Since then, I have not stopped developing my talent as a multi-disciplinary artist. I feel really lucky for having that very special talent to be an ARTIST. Just a few people around the world got that gift and it would be a waste of talent to not take advantage of that. I have never taken any formal training in art because I have never needed it. My background as an artist was a result of studding multitude of books about art and practicing different art techniques for long time. That drove me to develop my skills as an artist. I have always thought that along with my innate talent, having lived in diff erent countries and continents has given me the opportunity to experience very distinct cultures which have highly influenced my ability as an artist. I have been living and working around the world for long time, always in pursuit of knowing new worlds, to understand both, our planet and its inhabitants. My last stop was in the green Ireland where I settled in my home and my studio. It is a beautiful country, full of ancient traditions and legends. This is a multi-cultural country where tradition and modernity come together, sometimes as contraries and others as friends.

What is the most challenging part of being an artist?

Art is not an ordinary work at all, art is a passion that affects every single time in my whole life time. I have so many ideas in my mind that I would need two lifes in order to turn them into artworks. Honestly, my challenge is about my daily time limits. I have never enough time to create all pieces of art I would wish. As a practicioner artist I have to struggle to balance my time between family and art practice. I find working in my artwork as a real trance experience, beyond my own reality. It keeps me on my toes at every moment during the creation process, drives my mind into a torrential view of new images to create an outstanding artwork. At the same time, I need to have my feet on the ground to enjoy

with my loved ones, far away from my art practice. Life itself is my inspiration, that is the reason why I travel throughout the globe looking for new ideas. It allows me to experience firsthand different people, traditions and cultures. Without doubt, this is the most important source of knowledge I work with. Once back in my studio, it is time to put in order all of that great deal of information I got from my last journey. Then, after some long hard working days, bit by bit, every experience I have lived, is turning into an artwork until the whole series is wrapped up.

Name artists you’d like to be compared to.

Without sounding boasful, I would like to be compared to some great contemporary masters. I do not state that just because their fame or economic situation, I would like to live time enough to reach their mastery of art practice. Having said that, just to name a few of those great masters, there would be the German living artist Gerhard Richter. He amazed me for his talent to evolve from socialist realism to abstraction. The other one would be the thought-provoking German living artist Anselm Kiefer. He showed me how to push the art boundaries and create an artwork beyond the single canvas. Finally, sadly passed-away, the great Spanish artist Antoni Tápies. I learned from him that as an artist you should feel free to experiment with so many materials as you want to carry out your artwork.

How would you describe the art scene in your area?

I have been so lucky to live and work throughout the world, from Europe to South Asia and from Oceania to America. It has been an exciting time to feel the differences between people and traditions. As an international artist, I found very passionate artists and art lovers throughout the globe. Some places are really isolated from the rest of the world, specially from the first world. Because of that, artist there find it quite difficult to do their practice and earn a living with it. On the other hand, I met artist from rich countries where they have to compete with thousands of other fellow artists, in order to reach a great status in the quite selective contemporary art market. Wherever I have lived and worked as an artist, I found that art is one of the most hard practices and just a few artists are able to have success. In my experience, you have to gain skills, not just as an artist itself, but as an entrepreneur as well. The time when artists were working alone, in their isolated atelliers, is over. Today our world is a global world, actually a global market. We artists should be aware of that, to take advantage of this global art gallery. Not just to earn a living as an artist but to enjoy a happy life as a human being, and shape these experiences through art.

What’s the best art tip you’ve ever received?

“If you want to become a great master, you have to create a lot of works, as much as you can. Even when you are tired of doing it, do not stop creating.” I am not a great master yet, but every day I am closer to achieving it.

What are your future plans as an artist?

As a contemporary multi-disciplinary artist, I am very inquisitive about experimenting with new materials and mediums. That is the way to turn radical ideas into outstanding new creations. It was when living and traveling throughout South Asia, the ancient ceramic tradition developed there, really grabbed my attention. Time later, when living in Mexico, I was lucky of meeting Professor Alberto Diaz de Cossio, one of the most important Master Ceramicist in Latin America. Along with him, in his experimental ceramic workshop, I learned every single ceramic technique from handbuilding to chemistry, all necessary to make clays and glazes. Every piece of knowlege I learned there put myseft in the doorway to the endless ceramic world. It was hard work of experimentation, with different mediums and techniques in order to reach in each and every piece a WORK OF ART. Since then, I have created a big deal of pieces, and I have not stopped to experiment with new clays and glazes in order to drive my work forward with new creative ways.

My last ceramic work entitled “ Unconventional ware “ it is a series based on porcelain, actually bone china. After nearly one year researching about different kinds of porcelain, I found the perfect ceramic material to work with and fitted for the main series concept. Each piece of ceramic is a profound reflection of what I saw, listened, smelled and felt when sailing the Far Eastern seas. I found myself walking over some of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Indonesia; breathtaking places full of rich colors, powerful fragrances and fascinating shapes. I sailed the rivers, lagoons and seas where every single living thing is an art work of the marine life. This new series of ceramic is not a conventional ceramic work, because the astonishing marine life I experienced drove my mind to push porcelain work boundaries beyond. It was hard work that began with a thoughtful research about porcelain and glaze chemistry to achieve the proper materials to make every ceramic piece. Finally, artist’s mind and hands got together to achieve in each and every ceramic piece a WORK OF ART. After creating this first porcelain series, I am working on my upcoming challenge to create a large-scale porcelain mural series, it really is a big challenge that takes up my hole mind!