Today The Palette Pages artist interview is with the wonderful Francisco Malonzo from New York. Francisco is a figurative expressionist painter whose work mixes realism and abstraction. His work caught our attention breathing mysterious dreamlike qualities within the portraiture.
Self taught or art school?
I attended art schools in New York City: the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, and the New York Academy of Art.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
I would love to own Picasso’s cubist portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, currently at the Art Institute of Chicago. For me it’s the perfect example abstraction in the service of portraiture. It’s really beautiful and very inspiring.
How would you describe your style?
I am a figurative expressionist who explores the boundaries between realism and abstraction.
What are your favourite places to view art?
I love museums, particularly the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Dia Beacon, Art Institute of Chicago, and National Gallery (London). The Gagosian Gallery also presents museum quality exhibits on a regular basis.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
My favorite artists include Rembrandt (for his light), Picasso (for his virtuosity), Lucian Freud (for his honesty), and Matthew Barney (for his fearlessness).
What or who inspires your art?
Even though I’m a painter, my greatest inspiration comes from theater and opera. There’s something about the artificiality and immediacy of live performance that I like to translate within my own artwork.
I am also influenced by digital media for its distancing effects and also for its ability to universalize the most intimate of human experiences.
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
My studio is in my apartment. I usually work on a smaller scale at home, mainly drawings and watercolors. I do most of my oil and acrylic paintings at the National Academy of Design where I take art classes.
Do you have any studio rituals?
No I don’t have any rituals. I believe that rituals lead to formulaic ways of thinking. Every art work should be a leap into the unknown.
What are you working on currently?
I am working on portraits and exploring new ways of painting the human face and figure. I am also trying to figure out how to achieve random effects (like Duchamp) in the context of portraiture.
Where can we buy your art?
I am represented by In Art We Trust (Paris, France) http://www.in-art-we-trust.fr/
What are your ambitions?
To paraphrase Lucian Freud, my object in painting is to move the senses by giving an intensification of reality. I aim to paint my feelings about my subjects in a manner that goes beyond traditional modes of portraiture and is relevant to modern existence. My ultimate goal is to find new avenues of expression in portraiture and inspire others to find their own visual language.