With a Chilean heart and a Madrilean soul, artist Jorge Arancibia just opened his first art gallery and studio in the most up-and-coming area of Madrid. City correspondent Carolina assisted the opening event of The Makers gallery and interviewed the man behind this amazing project.
Why did you start making art?
Art has always been the way to communicate in my family. My father was a scenographist in Santiago de Chile and my mother has always been very sensitive about aesthetics and artistic expression. I got to breath in that environment since my early childhood and during my Philosophy and Music studies.
Was there a trigger event for you at some point?
Well yes. After working for several years in the film industry in Chile for very respected and established professionals I realized that, after all, I was helping others to tell their stories. What I really wanted was to tell mine. So I guess that was when I decided to fly solo as a so-called artist.
Could you describe your work?
I use a wide variety of materials and techniques in every piece. I always follow a line of thought which ends up evolving freely on its own and sometimes even surprises me. I try to talk through my work about politics, science and culture. I mean, I really want art to be engaging and useful for our present. Also, my projects are a way to tell how incredible we, as human beings are. In the end it is an ode to us, to people, to our great minds.
“My projects are a way to tell how incredible we, as human beings are. In the end it is an ode to us, to people, to our great minds.”
Why Madrid? What made you stay?
Let’s call it a love story turned into a trampoline that has broaden my mind. Chile is a very new country, fresh but new. I have always been passionate about History and Anthropology and Europe is the living scenario of Humanity. The architecture, the culture, the traditions are so magnificent... You can't help but wonder all the time how we’ve been able to develop such a complex and abstract way of thinking, to create such sublime realities. That's what made me stay. The beauty around me.
What are the pros and cons when it comes to being a freelance artist in Madrid?
Pros: being your own boss and having the freedom to choose the path you want to follow. Cons: the lack of help from the government/ municipality. Also, there is not an easy and evident art community to have access to.
Tell us about your new gallery. What are you currently working on?
With this physical space I am looking for a new concept of artistic communication. It is true that Art in Madrid is still only present in big museums. I want to break with that and help a young generation of artists to show a young audience what they have to say. I want to create a community of artists based on the old role of the “mecenas”, on generosity and dialogue. I also believe that the work of one artist can evolve when mixed with the ideas and views of a group of other creators. To talk poetically, The Makers is the communion of infinite minds and expert hands.
“I want to help a young generation of artists to show a young audience what they have to say.”
What would you like to communicate to other aspiring artists?
I would tell them to try to approach their own technique or aesthetic to their work. To find a unique and personal end and not to be too influenced by the trends of the moment. Authenticity and transparency are really important for me in art and I think it is what people end up valuing on our work. I would also tell them to look for inspiration in lesser evident areas like the daily mundane surroundings, the internet, friends’ thoughts or ideas.
For a chance to absorb a great dose of talent don’t hesitate to visit The Makers gallery in San Cayetano 8 street (La Latina). And don’t miss out on Jorge Arancibia’s projects and collaborations with incredible artists. It is a time for change and evolution in art in Madrid, and Jorge is following the right path.
- Carolina Fernández Vidal -