Today we’d like to introduce you to Horacio Quiroz.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I graduated in Graphic Design in México City, following this I worked for nearly twelve years as an Art Director various renowned international advertising agency.
In 2013, driven by my passion for the visual arts I decided to leave behind advertising and to devote myself entirely to artistic activity, to somehow reconnect with the spontaneity I had in my childhood. Thus, over the last four years I have launched myself on a new career path, experimenting with various self-taught techniques of pictorial representation, formats and themes, which have guided how I define my vision and identity as an artist.
This change in my life has given rise to deep personal introspection, closely linked to what now shapes my body of work. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a painter even though the road there has been filled with doubt, societal stigmas and clichés surrounding artists in general. This road, which reveals itself to me daily, remains an uncertain one, trying to navigate its course, learning from past mistakes and also gratefully accepting happy accidents. In my opinion, being an artist is a lifelong process of reflection and expression, where you owe yourself loyalty as a principal objective, so that between your life and your work there is some harmony/balance.
Please tell us about your art.
My work is a reflection on the human condition, linked intimately to my psychological and therapeutic evolution.
I use the human body as a tool to represent movement and change in the face of the polarization of both our individual and social reality. My art embodies mutant emotions through the creation of impossible anatomies, similar after a fashion to x-rays of the experiences that we undergo as people while evolving.
It is through our physical being and its interaction with the social body that humanity experiences itself. Through the body we learn to “be human” since we are constituted as beings by our polarity; the flesh, the visible and the tangible in opposition to the spirit, the invisible and the intangible.
We are daily witnesses to the polarization of thought, split between extreme opposites. Everything around us has a dual manifestation, so we have day and night, birth and death, feminine and masculine, love and fear, etc…. This is so obvious that nobody pays it the slightest attention, but the corollary of what is being said is that everything, absolutely everything that exists, needs to be constructed around the duality of two dueling opposites.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Yes, it is lonely but something that I enjoy, the work at the studio has an intimate and personal process for me. But also, there is another side of the artist’s work calendar that is not alone so you can get a balance, such as the openings, the studio visits, collaborations with colleagues or to keep knowing new artists and people interested in your work through social media. I thing is difficult to feel lonely with all the tools that technology brings us today.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I will present my new series of works at Booth Gallery in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, an exhibition of oil paintings, drawings and textiles, that’s called, “Polarities”.
“Polarities” from September 7 to October 20 will be my second solo show. it is an exploration of the concept of polarity inspired by the hermetic philosophical writings and teachings of The Kybalion, Carl Jung and the Tao. You can also take a look at my web page and my Instagram to see more of the processes and thoughts behind the work. I think everything counts when supporting an artist. It can be little things like talking about them with your friends or sharing their work on social media, or big things like buying their work as a collector.
- Website: www.horacioquiroz.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: horacio_quiroz
- Facebook: horaciorquiroz
Personal photo credit: Fabian Martinez López