Interview with surreal artist Alex Alemany

"We live in a cultural structure, so complex that they seemed greater than our individual capacity to understand it. We have built it,  but who should organize, legislate and manage the liberal-democratic societies and all its cultural issues have  no longer the resources, the knowledge and the ability necessary to understand what is happening and what can be done to resolve it. The human being cannot understand what is happening in this world.

In regard to art, we meekly support continuous victory of promotion and marketing on knowledge and values. The poverty of the artistic education has become by the alchemy of the market, a powerful tool for the best "artistic expression" of the moment, understood in consumerist terms.
This is a time characterized by the absence of clear trends, due to the exhaustive proliferation of proposals and troubled information which we find ourselves incapable of processing and block us and, thus the need to seek safe shelter. Maybe time of individualism has arrived and the practice of the craftsmanship as mystic defense against uncertainty and confusion and disorientation. Alex Alemany knows it's the right path; at least it's the one he has chosen".


Hello dear Alex, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?

It just wasn't something I did consciously, but I guess it was always there, since I was a little child I was always drawing and painting. This activity was as natural for me as breathing, as it was for other children to play football, for instance.

What was / is your major influences? Other artists, books, movies, music or any other media....What inspires you to create your artworks?
I don't know, or remember or willing doing any other thing than painting. I've always wanted to create art. My major influence is literature; in particular, Gabriel Garcia Marquez works. I am inspired by human feelings.

How does "a normal day of artist" in your life look like?
I start the day with a mild exercise, then I read the newspapers and about 9 o’clock I start working. So often, the lack of natural daylight controls my routine.
What’s your background? Are you self-taught artist or did you study art? Do you think an art education is important or imperitive for anybody wishing to be an artist? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you have encountered throughout your career with/without the formal training of the Art Academy?
I studied Fine Arts in Valencia and I must admit that education is very important but not essential for being an artist. The main advantage is sharing experiences with other colleagues.


What fascinates you the most about surrealism? How would you describe your style? What themes do you pursue, what surrealism mean to you and what do you hope the viewer will take away from your art?
In essence, surrealism is nothing else than the acceptance of the subconscious as an essential part of the human being. The subconscious and the oneiric world are my source of inspiration but also the poetic licenses and metaphors of the literature; Surrealisms, basically is the vindication of the imaginary world face to the pragmatism of the consumer society.
The sensitive audience that looks something more than formal art.

What do you love most about creating and being an artist? What does “being creative” mean to you?

For me it is the best mean of communication. It is an unavoidable result of my identity. I was  born as an artist, as others are born as tall as top play basketball.
Can you describe your typical workflow when you’re working on your art? What are your tools of trade? What medium do you most often use and why?
First, the sketches of the paintings, the idea may arise at any time. The academic process is, first of all the general composition by blot paintings with acrylic or alkyd colors always ending with oil painting.

I mainly use brushes but also charcoal and taking advantage of all kind of materials when working with mixed technique, marble dust, glues, collages, etc.

The medium used is Gum turpentine, linseed oil, medium for oil painting and retouching varnish.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I have never worked on irons sculpture.

Tell us more about your workspace. What was the most funny or weird thing that happened to you in your studio? What is / was the most strange thing hidding in your studio?
My studio is a loft whit high ceilings whit a great window oriented to the north. The most funny or weird thing that happened to me was when painting the portrait of the President of the Valencian Parliament, the chair in which he was seated broke down (because he was so heavy).

What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career? What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far?
The most important challenge for me has been to paint the portrait of H.M. the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I.  And the most important lesson is that the greatest the artist is, the humblest he is.
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
The best advice I have received is to do what I wanted to do and the worst is to do what the customers ask for.
What do you dislike about the art world?

False artists created by commercial and business needs.

What is the hardest thing on being an artist?
The hardest thing in an artist life seems to be having a difficult social integration.  I do not have ordinary hobbies.

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
Yes, I think so, but I have the great luck to share with my wife, art historian and curator of my artwork, the passion for art and painting.
Where do you see yourself in the future? Professionally, what’s your goal?
In the future, even though my work will be exhibited in other countries, I prefer to remain in Valencia, Spain. We have here a great quality of life and for personal balance.

Professionally I look forward to do it better every time and keep on learning.

I would love to find a good gallery of art in the United States to exhibit my works.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there?
My personal advice should be to paint always from nature. Nature gives great lessons, in contrast to false colors from photographs.

Your favorite art or life quote is ...
Without art, like will be a mistake.
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I love reading, listening to jazz and classical music and travelling.


Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
You may visit my website and my Facebook page.
Is there anything else you’d like to say? Is there any project you are working on right now or any ongoing event or exhibition you would like to share with our readers?
I am preparing now an exhibition in Taiwan and next December I will be exhibiting my works in Valencia.
Thank you dear Alex, it was a honor to interview you, I wish you only the best for you and your art and already looking forward to see your new visions and works :)
By contributor Linda. September 22, 2014. Find Oh, So Surreal on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google + or RSS.