Hispanic Art Scene Art Blog
by hispanic_arts , November 4, 2009—12:40 PM
Interview of the world famous artist Antonio Perez Melero.
Born in Spain, Perez Melero began his career in Venezuela where he lived from the late 1950's until the early 1980's when he moved to New York. Maintaining workshops in Caracas and New York, he is an artist who exhibits his work internationally and is in public collections which include the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, CANTV, Fundarte, The American Institute of Architects, Intel Corporation, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. For more information and to see the wonderful works of Antonio Perez Melero please visit www.perezmelero.com
How long have you been creating art?
As long as I can remember. Since my childhood I have been drawing and making things. Growing up in post-civil war Spain, my early life was difficult. My father was not at home as he was a prisoner of the Franco regime. Toys were not an option. I made my own toys using pieces of wood from the furniture shop next to my house, as well as clay from the dugouts where people took refuge during air raids. With those kinds of materials, I built all sorts of things, and they were my toys.
When I started going to school, my drawings were appreciated by my teachers and I won a few awards. This encouraged me more and more to spend my free time drawing and building.
What advice would you give artists that want to have a career in art?
Have dedication and more dedication, and pray for good luck.
What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
First, just doing my work makes me feel great. It makes me even happier, when I see people enjoying it. When I see them get emotional in response to my art, I feel I have really achieved something.
Why do you create art?
Creating art was, for me, a way of play. I just did it and still do it, not thinking why. After so many years and with so many obstacles, is when the ___why__™ question deserved to be addressed. I love it; I love it more when other people enjoy it; when my loved ones are happy looking at it. As a child, every time I drew or built anything my mother would proudly show to it to the neighbors. I think that this early admiration gave me strength to keep creating over and over.
Where do you get your inspiration from? That is a difficult question to answer. Some seed or seeds were put in my brain and ideas keep popping out at a nonstop rate. I wonder sometimes if it has been a gift or a punishment, but it is not my fault. I have to be honest though, I thank whoever put those seeds in me and I hope that those ideas keep coming forever and ever.
Life keeps changing. Ideas flow through us. In many ways, our duty is to give form and produce the innovations that our brain gets from whatever source it comes. This is something positive for the world.
What projects are you working on now?
There are many projects that I have started. Some have been realized while others are only in sketches, models or just in my brain waiting to come out and be built as final projects.
One project I currently have on hand is a walk-through American flag which is a monumental-scale public work I__™ve proposed. I hope to secure funding for this so people can enjoy it.
Other series of my work are being further developed. The Geometric series which is the foundation of my artwork, the Folding Paper (papyrus-flex), American Flags, the Homage to the Impressionists series and more___