Pedro Paricio's new exhibition ‘Dreams’ presents a fresh body of work, exploring the painter's ruminations on self-reflection, the subconscious and the transcendental possibilities of art. The artist shares his thoughts about life and his work in the 10 Questions Column ~ in collaboration with Design & Art magazine.
1. Where did you grow up and does this place still influence your artwork?
I have lived in twenty different homes in eleven different cities, from Vilaflor (the highest village of Tenerife) to the world capital of London. I am not able to choose one place because all of them have played an important role in my development.
2. Why did you choose painting as your artistic métier?
When I was a student, painting was eclipsed by the so-called alternative media practices. My family say I always want to row against the tide but I think I am just trying to look in the direction nobody has looked at yet.
3. How has your work changed and developed since you first began painting?
I am my work and my work is me. I am a painter, so will not be able to give an answer to this in words, I think my paintings speak for me, the answer is in my work.
4. What aspect of painting gives you the most happiness?
Painting is my whole life so everything that has to do with that gives me happiness. While I do other things such as reading, cooking or walking, I always think about it through painting, and as though I am painting. When I am not painting with my body I am painting with my mind.
5. What do you find the most difficult part of creating your paintings?
I always find it difficult to start a painting after I have had a break. I hardly ever stop for more than two days, but when I am forced to do so, I feel like an athlete who has been injured, and need a few contests to go back to the track and give his best performance.
6. Can you describe the experience, person or training that has had the greatest impact on your artistic career?
My parents, my wife and my son. My parents taught me to trust myself, to work as hard as I can regardless of the outcome, to do the right thing with no expectations to get a reward for it. My wife ~ because her love enlightens my shadows and my son because he reminds me every day we must take care of this planet for the sake of future generations.
7. Describe what your studio is like and whether you have a set schedule of working every day? Or is the process more fluid?
My studio in an old Canarian house, a cave of dreams, a metaphor of myself... My normal schedule is to wake up every day at 7am, cook breakfast for my family and drive my son to school. I am already at the studio by 9am and will normally stay there until around 8pm in the evening. My time there is fluid because most of the time I will be painting, but I also read, write, draw, experiment and play the guitar. No particular order, usually just following my impulses.
During the year, I always enjoy spending weekends with my family, but when a new exhibition is approaching, my hours at the studio can be longer, up to 14 hours a day, seven days a week. This is usually a tough time for all of us. But I can’t complain because my family fully supports me. I am truly a fortunate man pursuing his dream.
8. Do you find your creative process is more rational or instinctive?
Both. I make many rational choices before and along the creative process but often when I am in front of the canvas, with the brushes and colours, I let my intuition take over. Our subconscious and body cells have learnt things that could not be rationalised.
9. Is there a particular place in the world you find inspiring?
I find inspiration constantly and everywhere. I can come across the best idea in the most unexpected corner. If you were asking me where I feel most heartened, I would say in a lonely mountain, in a quiet museum and in a silent old sanctuary.
10. How would you describe working as a contemporary artist in Europe today? In our digital age, what do painting and drawing give us as art forms?
I consider myself a painter and not a contemporary artist. Art offers us metaphysics and consciousness and all that the fast-paced culture in our hyper-technological world cannot offer us.