We sat down with new gallery artist Flavio Galvan to discuss his background, influences, current projects and more!
1. What is your background? How does it inform your art?
I was born in and studied in Argentina. Without a doubt, the landscape and culture of my country influenced my art.
2. What ideas do you return to regularly in your art?
I am obsessed with movement. It is a recurrent theme and exploration in my work. It shows up in different forms and it is part of my expressive language, which is gestural.
3. Who or what are your main influences? What inspires you?
I’m most inspired by the Italian Renaissance, Bauhaus and Pop Art movements. I’m also fascinated by nature, especially lush vegetation and the ocean.
4. What process, materials, techniques, etc., do you use to create your artwork?
I use modeling paste mixed with acrylic and oil colors on wood panels. I apply materials primarily with spatulas, palette knives and brushes. I am also currently exploring the incorporation of paper, hemp and other organic mediums.
5. What does your studio look like?
My studio is in my home. It is a 100-year-old Florida bungalow in the midst of lush vegetation. I remodeled this space myself turning it into a loft suitable for my work. Its style is a combination of minimalism and bohemian eclecticism. It’s very inspiring to me!
6. What is an artist tool you can’t live without?
Spatulas of all shapes and sizes.
7. What memorable responses have you had to your work?
When I was 19 years old, I participated in a national painting contest and won first place. The prize was a trip from Argentina to New York to connect with the art movements of that amazing city. The trip was very important for my training and it was an unforgettable experience.
8. What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a new abstract landscape series using folded paper, hemp and modeling pastes, incorporating colors and textures in the nature that surrounds me. I feel that I integrate with these works - I take part in the flow of energy that is generated by applying thick layers of material with a spatula and also with my own hands.
9. Why do you make art?
I love to make art. Why? It's like asking why I breathe! It's vital and energizing for me. I know it's my life’s purpose to create and share beauty.