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AS IS | Anibal Catalan


From México

Based in Mexico City, Mexico

We had the pleasure to interview remarkable Anibal Catalan about his art story, what inspires him every day, and the perspectives of the creative industry

AR: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

A: During the 90s I attend Architecture school, after that, I decided to study visual arts as a complement for my academic training until today Art becomes my main profession and a way of life.

AR: What inspires you the most?

A: The architecture of course, but there's so many elements of my daily life like contemplation, nature, ordinary walks, and traveling that nurture my art process.

AR: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?

A: Not really, I think regular or common situations like listening to music, reading books. If I think about rituals, to clean and keep in order my studio, could be one.

AR: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (rather artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

A: Firstly to enjoy the work, a lot of patience, and be surrounded by the context that can give positive elements to develop your own interests.

AR: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to art?

A: Sharp, Intelligent, Clear.

AR: The best angle to look at art is from ...?

A: I think there is not a “best angle”. I still believe that physically it is the best way to look at art.

AR: The Perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ...?

A: “Please do not talk about art”, normally you finished talking about it.

AR: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?

A: I don't focus on art books (visual arts), any other kind is always good in general (novels, poetry, philosophy, etc).

AR: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

A: Art bubbles, speculation.

AR: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art):

A: “Architecture is a political act, by nature. It has to do with the relationships between people and how they decide to change their conditions of living.” Lebbeus Woods

Thank you!

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