On the Curve Artist Spotlight: Nicolás Leiva

Nicolás Leiva was born in Tucumán, Argentina. In 1983 he graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán and continued his studies in Buenos Aires. In 1990, he moved to Miami, precisely when its international ascendancy as the capital of Latin American art was being established.

The following interview was conducted in Spanish and is translated below in English.

Ashley Casillas: When and how did you decide to practice art?

Nicolás Leiva: When I was 7 years old I was drawing but at 13, my parents sent me to an art school.

AC: Has art interested you since you were a kid?

NL: Yes.

AC: What kinds of things captured your attention?

NL: Life.

AC: How did you realize you were going to be an artist?

NL: I didn’t realize it until I was already in it.

AC: What are some of the things that capture your attention today?

NL: Love, happiness, and the very existence of human beings.

AC: The circle has already formed an important part of your work. Can you explain its significance to you and tell me why you have decided to use that shape?

NL: A very interesting observation. The circle speaks to the equality of everything; there is not one who is more important than the other. Fingerprints are circular, the cosmos is circular, the galaxy is circular, and there are so many circular forms in everyday life. In the Catholic religion, the ring that is used by those who get married is circular, meaning that nobody can disturb the relationship because it is perfect. But if you look back, all cultures in humanity use the circle; it is in our genetic memory. You eat on a round plate, you drink water from a round glass, the majority of the containers we use daily are round.

Your question takes me to a reflection more profound, where does the circle begin? Does it have a beginning? Does it have an end? Perhaps because for me, the circle is the shape that represents infinity- how many times infinity passes before you, the answer is infinite times because it is a circle. You only need to have the attitude to be able to see it.

AC: The images that I have seen in your art are like the landscape of a dream. Can you tell me a bit about your current work for “On the Curve?”

NL: That which one sees in my work is what is to come – new codes, new forms, a new world.

AC: In the next ten years, where do you see yourself?

NL: Where love takes me.


 

Ashley Casillas: ¿Cuándo y cómo comenzaste a practicar el arte?

Nicolás Leiva: Desde los 7 anos que dibujo, pero a los 13 mis padres me mandaron a una escuela de arte.

AC: Desde chico, ¿te interesaba el arte?

NL: Sí.

AC: ¿Qué tipos de cosas te cautivaban?

NL: La vida
.

AC: ¿Cómo te diste cuenta de que arte iba a ser tu profesión?

NL: No lo supe hasta estar metido adentro de ello.

AC: ¿Cuáles son las cosas que te cautivan hoy en día?

NL: El amor, la felicidad, la existencia misma de los seres humanos.

AC: El círculo ya se ha formado como una parte importante en tu obra. ¿Me puedes explicar su significado para ti y decirme porque has decidido usar esa forma?

NL: Muy interesante la observación, el circulo habla de la igualdad de todos, no hay uno mas importante que los otro, las huellas dactilares son circulares, el cosmos es circular , la galaxia es circular, hay tantas formas circulares en el diario vivir. En la religión católica el anillo que usan los que se casan es circular, en ellos el significado es que nadie penetra esa relación porque es perfecta Pero si miras hacia atrás en todas las culturas de la humanidad utilizan el circulo, está en nuestra memoria genética, comes en un plato redondo, tomas agua en un vaso redondo, la mayor parte de los contenedores que usamos a diario son redondos.

Tu pregunta me lleva a la refección mas profunda, donde empieza el circulo? Tiene inicio? tiene fin? Tal vez porque el circulo es para mí la forma que representa el infinito., cuantas veces pasa el infinito al frente de uno, la respuesta es infinita veces, porque es un circulo, solo debes tener que tener la actitud para poder verlo.

AC: Los imágenes que he visto de tu arte se ven surrealistas y para mi como un paisaje de un sueño. ¿Me puedes decir un poco de tu arte actual para la exhibición de “On the Curve.”?

NL: Lo que se ve en mi obra es lo que está por venir, nuevos códigos, nuevas formas un mundo nuevo.

AC: En los próximos 10 años, cómo/dónde te imaginas?

NL: Donde el amor me lleve.

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