PAINTING BY PATRICIO VILLARROEL BÓRQUEZ

I am in my second life, my first was as an improvising musician (around 50 years old), that of today is as an improvising painter (already 20 years old, even if there was a juxtaposition of two).

I was born in Chile, in 1947, arrived in France at 22 years old, I worked there as a professional musician and improvisation teacher, retired since 2013, I returned to my teenage loves, acrylic painting and digital (especially on iPad), in reality I continue to do the same thing: before, I made music with my ears, now I paint with my eyes (not far away).

If you had a quote, proverb or a mantra printed on your shirt or tattooed on your skin, what would it say?

Ha ha ha !!!

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Be yourself

What were you interested in when you were a child and how did that lead you down the path to where you are now?

Reading, art books, music, cosmology, friendship, all that, with the genes of my parents (math teachers, for my father and French, for my mother), it takes you almost straight here in my Parisian apartment, not far from lyon train station.

Please tell us about the painting? featured in your 1st image:

Summing up my work with two images is impossible, I enclose “historieta 614, paper” acrylic on paper and “historieta 742” digital work iPhone / iPad

Why I chose these two among more than 20,000? I don’t know!

What influenced you for this particular painting?

Tell a story without tail or head

How long was the process from the idea to the finished painting?

No idea

What are some of the functional aspects and rational thinking behind decisions like the size, colors, materials, techniques and mediums?

blank page -> go!

Apart from the piece featured above, are you working on anything else exciting that you can talk about currently?

Always and nothing to say, everything to see

What are your favorite tools, or equipment that you use to create your work, please be specific!

While it is day I work in acrylic on 400g / m2 paper, as soon as the light is no longer satisfactory, I take my iPad and I work on it, on average I produce 20 paintings per month and a hundred ‘images iPad

What are your favorite ways or places to find inspiration or unwind after a stressful day?

My inspiration is inside my head, I hardly move from my department / workshop

What is one of the most challenging aspects of your work?

Stay alive and almost intelligent

Are there any particular methods or approaches you use to help with this particular challenge and how does it help?

Of course: enjoy life and friends!

Often our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness, what is yours and how does it affect your work?

We are strong at times, weak at others, what importance before our inevitable disappearance? any!

What do you believe or like to do that many people may think is crazy or unusual?

I only drink water, coffee and bissap!

Which part of the world do you live and what do you like about it?

On planet earth, in Europe, France, in Paris ten minutes from Lyon train station, a small apartment with a view of the green promenade

If you had a quote, proverb or a mantra printed on your shirt or tattooed on your skin, what would it say?

Hello

What are your favorite colors at the current moment and what do they remind you of?

All, light.

What do you think is one of the biggest challenges facing the world at the moment and what can we all do to help?

End of humanity & kindness 

If you weren’t an artist what would you be doing instead?

Studies: astrophysics, first life: musician, second: painter, third: being (human).

Why do you think art is important to you or the world?

Creation has existed since first consciousness.

Do you have a signature dish of food that you like to cook? if so what is it, how do you make it, and what occasions do you make it?

Guacamole, Mexican recipe, with good avocados and good chili puree

If you could time travel to visit any time when would it be and why?

Before the big bang, 13.8 billion years ago.

If you could invite 3 famous people from the past to a dinner party who would they be and why?

The first who painted the caves, Igor Stravinsky and Albert Einstein, to talk about the stars that we don’t see

If you went back in time and could give advice to your younger self what would it be?

Life is short, live it as you know!

Are there any particular artists, people or paintings that have greatly influenced or inspired you in your life or work?

Kandinsky, Picasso, Bacon, David park, Braque, De Kooning and a thousand others, Van Gogh, Monet, Debussy, Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Coltrane

Are prints available of your work, and if so where can they be viewed or purchased?

I only sell my work on paper, so originals, my digital work is only visible at flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pvb2009/

Where can people find out more about what you, purchase your work, and what’s the best way to get in touch?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/pvb2009/

https://www.facebook.com/patricio.villarroel.399

https://patriciovillarroel.bandcamp.com/

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