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Interview with Natalia Gromicho

How would you describe yourself, your art, and your achievements in brief?

I am an irreverent person and never conformed to what was done. I always find that what is to be born, it is always much better than already exists. My art is in a constant process of change; I refuse to practice repetitive copies of the same picture, to make my name from one work. One thing I´m sure, in 20 years of career, I have done nothing… I will need to work very hard to continue my work.

Natalia Gromicho, photo: Michael M. Matias

Could you describe your art philosophy?

Actually my language as moved to a more abstract phase, I want to have people thinking while they are seeing the works, they need to watch them, the observer has now a different role with my works, a key role now.
The observer will, once and for all, think to see what is inside, inside this language.
When I started, 20 years ago, I dedicated my time to the draw (I was one of the best in my class 😉 ) then I got all the academics but only now I found my way in arts, my own language.

What has been your chief source of inspiration?

My inspirations are the trips, which are the main reason for my changes in my language since the contact with other persons, other weather, and other food is determinant for my work. I also love the sunset, the end of the day in different countries, socializing with other cultures. I think my inspiration is everywhere.

Tell us about the earliest phase of life as a young artist?

Well, my first years as an “art lover” were a little difficult since I didn’t have money to got my materials, I´m the 3rd of 4 brothers so it was complicated, but I never gave up. I´m a very spared person so I got my material, saving money from Christmas and birthday presents to buy oils, canvas…
I have managed to have my first exhibition in 1995 with a schoolmate, and from that day on, my life is what it is… Art.
It has been very difficult since we don´t have support from the government and also in Portugal, Arts are not well received from the persons in general, they prefer to buy an expensive watch, or a car, then go to an exhibition and buy a piece of art…

What is your favorite genre and style of art? 

Abstract, of course, I want the observer to think, to be a part of the work. It’s quite a challenging, to see person discovery what the artists what them to find

In your own words, how would you describe your aim in art? 

Mark time, mark the twenty-first century, very difficult in Portugal but not so in the rest of the world.
Getting to be understood in countries like the USA or here in Europe is something that I´m very happy. My aim is simple, to have a language that can reach global attention. I normally create different collections, figurative or abstracts that, in that collection, want to call attention to some facts. Recently in East Timor, I presented a collection of works for “Human Rights”, a mix of figurative and abstract works, with a conducting wire, to the observer understand what’s behind.

Natalia Gromicho, photo: Sofia Mota

We would like to know how you underwent different phases in your art life. 

As my mood, I see my painting as my language. I normally use an expression that really defines me, “My art is my soul” and it´s true, If you look through my years, you see happiness, sadness, hope, and a lot of insanity

How did changes in your life change your perception about art and it’s application?
My life always changes I travel, so the constant change in my work of art. As I told you, the experience came with my travels, the share of experience, of culture, everything changes with it.

Would you like to say something personal about yourself, your feelings and your response to how the art world has treated you?

I would like to ask to the Art industry a little more respect for contemporary arts, as we know, art is also a business, like other business, and I think the system has to improve better conditions to recent artists, to inspire them in the creative process.
Not all is bad, we see a lot of residences to artists travel and create their works without borders, my question is when we pass to the commercial process, evaluation of works, commercial part, I think it must exist an alternative market besides the art fairs….
All my career was made from the beginning, all that I´m now it was built without any help, besides my works and devotion.
More respect for contemporary artists.

Please give an emotional account of your art fairs. How you felt about them?

I think Art Fairs are an excellent place to visit and get to know how is the market, to get in touch with other artists, share experiences, this as an artist.
I have been in Satellite events during some important Art Fairs (one in Miami during the Art Basel 2013, one in New York during Art Expo 2014, other in Singapore during the Affordable Art Fair and some other in Lisbon during our extinct FIA), just in New York went good, I sold my highest work, I was very happy about having a collector liked it.
I will also be in my first Auction in April this year in Singapore; let´s see what is prepared for that.

Natalia Gromicho, photo: Sofia Mota

About old or new masters who really inspired you.

Van Gogh, Picasso, and from Portugal Julio Pomar and Vieira da Silva.

What is your foremost ambition in life?

Well, to be honest, I´m very happy with my life, but I wish that one day, I can be living from my work in Portugal.
If not, my wish is to have my country more dedicated to culture, besides Football, Fatima, and Fado. We also have contemporary art, contemporary music, theater and a lot more.

Your comments on art selling and buying. What changes do you wish for?

I wish that sales were more uniform and more bet on contemporary art as are not only masters of interest, the contemporary artist needs to live.
The industry must find a better way to create a more dedicate management to contemporary art, that has space, and to be rental to both sides.
I think there are more buyers that buy art not as an investment, but as a decorative piece, so that´s why I´m saying that the industry as a gap that can have the contemporary art in this gap for sale.

Any other comment that comes to your mind at the moment.

I just want to live more to have an opportunity to create more and continuing being happy in this process of my life.

What would be your last wish?

My last wish is to have a Picasso in my house, to see it every day, to breathe it…

Your artist statement.

The better way is to let the specialists talk for this, here is what my curator in NY says about me:
A gifted painter, in the purest sense, Natália has skillfully created a body of work that is simultaneously lyrical and mysterious, jubilant yet poetic. Employing these paradoxes, she skillfully applies her raw talent into different mediums and styles creating a sense of flux, depth, and dominance. Natália’s work takes elemental images, from nature and the landscape to culture and individuals she encounters on her travels and transforms using dramatic ploys such as contrasts in scale, shifts in focus, mirrored reflections, staccato images, and multiple or layered surfaces. Sensory perception for Natália is a spiritual activity, one that leads to a heightened awareness of both nature and culture—this thought process points to a new kind of realism—one that is engaged with the actual processes of life. Yet, it also references the theoretical avant-garde conceptions of deconstruction emerging during Modernism. Her work is intense, yet moving, powerful yet sensitive. Gathering her subjects in her field of vision, she draws on her inner world, inviting us to join her on a journey of discovery of the essence of being, depicting new truths of the meaning of existence. Drawing us into an enigmatic and luxurious world of imagination, seduction, and spirit, she creates organic shape and flowing shapely contours. Her luscious approach is inspired. Layered shapes and elegant color distinguish her recent body of work, executed in a strongly stylized painting method. The energy and vigor of her explosive portraits haunt the viewer with a dynamic juxtaposition of both playful, yet eerie implications.

Your personal message to art enthusiasts worldwide.

Don´t give up, even if you think is far away, don´t stop scratching, and the day will come!

Natalia Gromicho was born in Lisbon, Portugal, she graduated in Painting on Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa, also studied Arts in ArCo High School. Winner of several contests like “Best Rolling Stone Alternative Logo” in 1999 (remake of The Rolling Stones logo and win a trip to London and meet The Rolling Stones in Bridges to Babylon Tour at Wembley), She has a wide international career, made more than 100 exhibitions highlighting Russia, France, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, USA, East Timor, Singapore, Shanghai, Macau, her works are represented in several private and institutional collections all around the world.

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