Since I was a child, approximately 5 years old, I remember to have painted my first paint. I think I used watercolors and I also remember that it was a replica of an artwork painted with oil that hanged in my house.
The painting consisted of a beach in winter time with huge sea waves and very dark clouds. I can perfectly remember the effort I made in trying to copy it the best I could and I can also remember investing many hours in all the details I painted.
Unfortunately I don't have the painting nor a photograph of it to be able to show the effort I put into it.
Since then I always thought that painting had to be realistic and any work that you could not see the effort in replicate the nature and physics it wasn't art.
In my academical studies I learned academic drawing, all the optic laws, light and shadow, perspective, human body anatomy, and all of this, to be able to paint as realistic as possible.
I perfectly remember all the self-criticism I made to myself for not achieving the goal, which was, to paint identical to what my eyes see .
With age, maturity and maybe also with the experience, I started to question myself why the necessity to copy exactly what my eyes see. Somewhere I read a phrase in which Claude Monet explains that he made his own house garden in Giverny with a clearly defined goal, he will not have to continue copying the nature that God created, thus he could copy the nature that he created in his garden.
Since then my painting started to change. First, I did not follow the human being anatomy that I was taught. I decided to paint a series of nudes in which on purpose an arm was longer than the other, the head was not connected to the spine and many other inconsistencies and despite that, I paid attention that the women painted did not loose their femininity or sexuality.
Once the series was presented to the public most of the people liked it as is, and were capable to get emotionally connected with them.
This experience permitted me to understand that art or better defined, modern art, is the result of who manages to implement their ideas with courage, without thinking if the result is going to be accepted and without defining any reason for which I do what I do.
Finally, today when I paint I have very clear that the only thing I do are sketches and experiments on canvas, iron, glass or any other material that permits me to paint them with oil, watercolor, acrylic or any other product that I can draw or stain with. I put all the ideas that occur to me meanwhile I'm working. I never stay fixed with the first idea and I never erase anything, each time an idea comes up is the opportunity to continue with the same work I'm doing implementing the new idea. This is the way that series are created and the process that permitted me to develop my minimalism concept.
For example, a portrait of Amy Winehouse without a nose, another one without eyes and a next one without a mouth. Finally I achieve to paint some stains with some lines and despite that, the fact that it is based on the development of the singer's portrait it is possible to see and feel her image.
Nowadays I don't even care if the character painted can be identified. It full-feels me with pleasure, happiness and pride when I hear the people that see my exhibited works mention names that have nothing to do with the painted character and additionally, I appreciate very much to hear comments on how I achieve to paint in such an expressive way with so few details.
For me that's the real minimalism, get the attention of the public with very small amount of details and the ability to connect them emotionally with something personal of each one.