Mula / Murcia / Spain / Born 1972
THEO, Friend and eternal observer of the work of Nono García
Antonio “Nono” Garcia is a calm and humble artist, like many of his still lifes. In them, crystal glasses, metal pots and ceramic plates, which do not seem to feel self-important, are shown under a soft light that veils them and blurs their contours. In the painter’s manner, one can perceive the same perplexity that the objects of his paintings convey when feeling observed: “I am amazed that people call me for an interview. Who can be interested in what I say?”
In Nono Garcia´s work there is a concern about the passing of time that is reflected in his still lifes, a genre which is deeply rooted in Spanish painting history, whose nature and expressive possibilities attracts the author´s interest. These compositions are not out of time, far from inmediate reality, but they are part of his day to day work. They are his objects, randomly selected from his studio, which he decomposes in his paintings without losing their aesthetic sense.
Nono presents a nude scenery condensed on canvas, where bottles of painting, mixing bowls and brushes are lying… The artist explores the corners, investigates the details and creates a sense of territoriality to discover more about different ways of conveying an idea. The size and atmosphere of their particular environments are as photographs of the artist’s workshop, visual documents that break into art without losing their meaning or their nature as objects.
Our painter has the ability to materialize the spiritual idea, to do it so palpable: as poets do. He suggests a world as an expression of his soul, which needs to be heard.
Nono García´s art reveals his particular universe and invites us to enter where his ideas take shape. It attracts with every stroke, to its inexhaustible creative capacity, making it visible truth. Everything is suggested with textures, transparencies and crystal dynamics in a huge game of light quality, which gives his works smooth contours and colours that traps us, fascinated by the game of truth and pristine freshness.
He studied in the School of Applied Arts and Artistic Trades of Murcia
2015/ ” Ascetic Variation ” – Convent of San Francisco / Mula, Murcia, Spain
2014 /” Journeys of Lightness ” – Cajamurcia Foundation / Madrid, Spain
2014/ ” The Enviroment Layout ” – Gallery Artpoint / Lleida, Spain
2014/ ” The Truth of the Livable ” – Museum of San Javier / Murcia, Spain
2014/ ” Memory of a Clear Echo ” – Gallery C. López. / Murcia, Spain
2013/ ” Opera Intangibile ” – Museo della Carta / Fabriano, Italy
2013/ ” Evanescent Space ” – Small Palace Orchard Ruano / Lorca, Murcia, Spain
2012/ “ The Still Air ” – Gallery Cervantes 6 / Oviedo, Spain
2012/ “ Weightless Matter” – Gallery C. López / Murcia, Spain
2011/ “ Transients ” – Gabarrón Foundation / New York, USA
2011/ “ Transients ” – Gabarrón Foundation / Valladolid, Spain
2011/ “ Figurations ” – Pedro Cano Foundation / Blanca, Murcia, Spain
2011/ “ Transients ” – Casa Pintada Foundation / Mula, Murcia, Spain
2010/ First Prize, International Prize Toledo Puche – Museum Siyasa / Cieza, Murcia, Spain
2010/ “ The Color of the Time ” – The Garden Room / Molina de Segura, Murcia, Spain
2009/ Gallery Espacio36 / Zamora, Spain
2008/ “ The Trip to Vetusta ” – Gallery Cervantes6 / Oviedo, Spain
2008/ Gallery Felicia Hall / La Herradura, Granada, Spain
2013/ ” Dialogues ” – Museum Ramón Gaya / Murcia, Spain
2012/ International Biennial of Watercolor – Museum della Carta / Fabriano, Italy
2010/ Gallery Triart / Vigo, Spain
2009/ Gallery Can Daifa / Ibiza, Spain
2009/ Gallery Puchol / Valencia, Spain
2008/ Gallery Maria Aguilar / Cadiz, Spain
2008/ Gallery Can Daifa / Ibiza, Spain
Awards and recent scholarships
2015 / Award Montblanc and Accessible Art Fair / Brussels, Belgium
2013 / Award international Champagne ” La Joie de Vivre ” / France
2012 / Selected in the International Biennial of Watercolor / Fabriano, Italy
2011 / Production of the Poster Fair of Murcia / Spain
2010 / Scholarship of Artistic Production – Casa Pintada Foundation / Mula, Murcia, Spain
2009 / First Award X International Painting Contest / Comillas, Cantabria, Spain
2009 / Special Mention Painting contest of Ávila / Spain
2008 / Third Award V International Painting Contest / Toledo, Spain
_Museo della Carta e della Filligrana / Fabriano, Italy
_University of Murcia, Faculty of Fine Arts / Murcia, Spain
_Comillas Foundation / Cantabria, Spain
_County Council of Albacete / Spain
_Varied Town Hall from Spain
_National and International Private Collections
2008 / Art-Jaén – International art fair / Jaén, Spain
2000 to 2010 / Almoneda – International art fair / Madrid, Spain
2000 to 2006 / Artesevilla – International art fair / Sevilla, Spain
2000, 2001, 2002 / Interart – International art fair / Valencia, Spain
2000 / Artexpo – International art fair / New York, USA
“Painting does not solve problems but creates beauty”
That a person can do what he likes the most and also make a living out of it could be considered a privilege, but in the case of the painter Antonio “Nono” Garcia /Mula / Murcia / Spain /Born 1972/. The word privilege does not have the meaning of a sinecure obtained without effort, and less in these times. “Nono” speaks naturally—and with some timidity—of his passion, which is also his work, and of his upcoming solo exhibition.
How is it to combine your particular way of expressing in painting with the fact of having to sell paintings to earn a living?
I have never had that dilemma. I have always said that I’m lucky to paint what I like, and that the general public likes what I paint. Obviously, I cannot please everyone, but my paintings sell well and I can make a living out of painting without forcing more commercial themes.
When did you start to earn a living out of painting only?
In 2003. I was working at the department store El Corte Inglés, in the music department. I left this job to devote to painting and I was lucky. Before quitting this job, I had been combining it for two years with my work for an art gallery, and, by then, painting was already a source of satisfaction.
That was not a leap into the void.
No, I was already selling almost everything in the exhibitions and I had found that it worked.
How did your family react? Were your parents disappointed?
I was already married, and my wife has always supported me a lot because he is young and understands it more, but I was afraid to tell my parents about it. For elderly people, leaving a permanent job to devote to painting … And I was surprised. When I told my parents, they also supported me.
How did you feel the call of painting? Some artists relate it to fate or to some traumatic event…
In my case, I remember me drawing and participating in competitions at school since I was a child. Kids are very creative, and some then drift to other things like sports, but I went on painting until I realized that painting could give me more satisfaction, that it could be more than a hobby and become my profession.
Painting and you found each other.
Actually, found painting; when I came to realize it, I was already devoting to painting. It is not that I decided that I had to become a painter at all costs. I was working in other fields but painting was always there in the background. It was not my livelihood but I enjoyed it the most.
It was a natural thing.
In my life everything has been like that. I have made an effort and I have never stopped painting.
You are from Mula /Murcia /. The painter Pedro Cano says that in small places great things are also done.
In my case, Pedro Cano and Ramon Gaya are also very important and significant figures and they are from Murcia, and it seems that this is frowned upon. People say, “I have been influenced by so-and-so, who is in New York,” and some look down on you because you say that your symbolic figures are from Murcia. I am very proud of that because it is the painting I have absorbed.
There is no need to study very far away either. You studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Murcia.
Yes, because then there was no Faculty of Fine Arts here, and I was too lazy to go to Granada or Valencia. At the School of Arts and Crafts there was a very high artistic level and I learned a lot; I learned to draw, which is the most important thing, it is the basis of all painting.
It is a cliché to say that to become an outstanding artist, in addition to mastering the art, the artist must be an eccentric person.
There are crazy people in all trades. It is true that we have a different sensitivity to perceive the world around us, but that does not make us special or more eccentric than the rest.
And whichever way you look at it, you cannot say that the world around us is doing well.
Yes … When I see the press, I suffer a lot because of the inequality that exists. This makes my blood boil.
Can painting give an answer to all that?
With painting you can evade worries. When I’m painting, I’m thinking of something else; if I painted while thinking about how the world is going on, I would paint horrible pictures. I don’t think that problems can be solved by painting, but you can create beauty. That is how I see it. There are artists who make provocative painting … I like to create something that did not exist, such as a still life which apparently goes unnoticed, and from that I like to create something beautiful. That’s my contribution, giving the world a nicer wrapping.
You don’t usually paint people. Are you not interested in people?
I’ve painted some but it is not what interests me the most right now. The good thing about painting is that today I say this, but tomorrow I could change my mind and might be painting people for the next fifteen years. I would also like to paint more travel journals but when I travel, I usually think of gastronomic tourism; I really like it. For example, next week I’m going to Asturias and now I only think of Asturian stew and cider.