Pablo Lugo Pic
Art is not necessary for life, but it is indispensable for an enjoyable life.
Pablo Angel Lugo: Mexican visual artist graduated from the National School of Arts of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Masters in Public Art at the University of Valencia, Spain and currently in the process of obtaining his Ph.D., also in Public Art. Currently resides in London, where he opened the doors of his studio located in Hoxton, East London.
Pablo was nominated for best visual artist LUKAS AWARDS 2015 in "Latin United Kingdom Awards" and has exhibited his work individually and collectively in Mexico, Cuba, USA, Spain, Colombia, France, Italy, Austria and Portugal.
Pébéo: Please tell us about your evolution as an artist?
Pablo Lugo: I started painting and drawing when I was 15 years old and over time andwith my Art Degree, I have perfected my technique. Once I learned the theoretical andpractical side, I began to experiment with various techniques, materials and media. Artists have an advantage in that society gives them the right to challenge convention and I have taken advantage of that.
Pébéo: Which artists have influenced you most?
PL: Marcel Duchamp’s "Readymades" were definitely my main influence, to extract the utility of an everyday object and turn it into art has inspired me throughout my career. Also the work of Cy Twombly, the loose lines of Pablo Picasso and the sculptures of Eduardo Chillida, Ana Mendieta and the concept of embarrassment developed by Bas Jan Ader.
Pébéo:Tell us about your latest work "All that glisters is not gold".
PL: It is based on the idea of American Totem Pole, where the most important figure is at the bottom, not at the top. What I express in this work is the elimination of the hierarchy on the totem and the establishment of equal terms. That is the reason why each of the figures is of the same size, are perfectly horizontal and the space between them and relative to the wooden box that contains them, is identical.
The figures are wooden sculptures, some are covered with PébéoGold Leaf and others are covered with just chocolate wrapping, but at first glance look the identical. Hence its’ name.
Pébéo: In your work there is the constant presence of the human heart in various representations, tell us about it.
PL: I worked as a paramedic years ago, so I have knowledge of anatomy. My point of reference with the heartis the idea of the heart as a romantic symbol, but in a realistic way. For me the heart is not only love, it is life: Emotion, Person and Soul.
Pébéo: What inspires you in your work?
PL: Whilst I try to capture the reality of what is happening in today’s global world and especially in my country, I always try to find a balance between sadness andbeauty.
Pébéo: You are a visual artist who uses a variety of media, do you see yourself in the future working with a particular medium?
PL: I have plans to start a radio drama about the social criticism in Mexico, I am working on this idea with somefriends in London. I would also like to return to sculpture, finish a book I have been working on and I want to do some painting exercises.Anyway, yes, I see myself working with other media, but not with one exclusively.
Pébéo: Where do you feel most comfortable exhibiting your work? In Latin America or Europe?
PL:Well, the weather is better in Latin America (laughs). No, seriously, I really see them as two different axes, art is very much appreciated in Europe, you always find someone who will like or be touched by your work. It is elitist, but at the same time it is very open. In Latin America things are different, it is not possible to expose the same collection in Mexico City than in Caracas or Buenos Aires, since the political agenda is very close to the cultural agenda. I really like both.
Pébéo: What are your plans for 2015?
PL: Luckily I am very busy, especially because overthe next few months I will be finishing my doctoral thesis. These are myprojects so far: