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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Nicoletta Tomas Caravia


Nicoletta Tomas Caravia




"I have been painting since I was 27 years old...It wasn’t at that age that I had my first contact with painting.When I was a child I used to spend almost all my time drawing and painting, but as I grew into adolescence that dedication started to become feint amidst the noise of the world that surrounded me and in the hurry of hurry of my own youth. Painting was consigned to a corner of my indolence, as something that I would pick up again some day.Several years later I had my child, and shortly thereafter I started to have timid meetings with painting, an effort at oils and a few watercolors.But when I was 27, coinciding with my arrival in Valencia, all of this started to flow.I am self-taught. I have progressed learning step by step, correcting my errors with a lot of intuition and a good dosage of effort...like everyone else, I suppose. My first great influences were Toulouse Lautrec and Degas, and the material I like to express myself in is acrylics. I like its immediacy and its energy, and besides, there aren’t as many rules as there are for painting in oil, as least that’s how it seems to me...In my first period with pastels, the majority of my paintings were inspired by my own experiences and in the scenes that surrounded me: the night, the streets, bars, my house, people.In the beginning my painting was darkness, light and the newness of someone who has not submitted to rules, those were my first canvasses.Little by little I began observing more of the reality of things, and my painting became more and more realistic, based almost always in the old quarter of Valencia, in the decadence of the ancient, the obsession with light... I learned a lot on that part of my journey. I learned technique and patience, but I also learned from disgust and the long year of creative emptiness that followed. I had nothing to say and everything seemed to begin again at zero.Afterwards, there was a new way that I couldn’t well define, a road on which I knew only three things: flee from pure realism, concentrate on the human figure and paint from within...invent...and imagine.Thus the Lovers were born. To paint that love, that island of comfort, to paint the energy that moves us in that state of intoxication, when we feel that we are superior...But I didn’t want to paint the ‘reality’ of that. I wanted a language of the body that would carry all the emotion of that dance of love, of carnality, which is that of love from within, the drama of passion, that which irradiates and that which cannot be touched but only felt...I drank from many painters. Klimt, Schiele, Picasso, Gauguin...and from many others...I have taken something of value from each one of them.In many drawings, trying to make my couples accommodate each other, I look for harmony in deformation...Working in acrylics, watercolors, fascinating material because I almost don’t have to think, it is as if being within a medium in which all flows...Finally, this has been the long road of the Lovers, my last voyage. Now another begins, of which “Waiting for April,” ‘Presence,” “Forgotten,” “Lady Drama,” “To be or Not to Be,” and “Death and the Maiden” form a part...now I want to probe other alleyways of the human soul...I didn’t realize it before, but now I know, that for me painting is the best way to discover my own essence, to take the rocks out of my load; to live, to be alive and to be my own self, definitely. It is fascinating to know that I do not know anything, that every day I learn."











"Llevo pintando desde los 27 años.... No es que a esa edad tuviera mi primer contacto con la pintura. De niña solia emplear casi todo mi tiempo en dibujar y pintar, pero con la adolescencia aquella dedicación se fue diluyendo en el ruido del mundo que me rodeaba y en la prisa de mi propia juventud. Pintar se quedó en un rincón de mi indolencia, como algo que retomaría algún dia... Unos cuantos años después tuve a mi hijo, y al poco tiempo volví a tener tímidos encuentroscon la pintura, algún oleo solitario y acuarelas. Fue a los 27 años, coincidiendo con mi llegada a Valencia, la ciudad en la que vivo actualmente, cuando todo esto empezó a fluir. Soy autodidacta. He ido aprendiendo paso a paso, a base de errores, mucho de intuición Y una buena dosis de empeño,...... .como todo el mundo, supongo. Mis primeras grandes influencias fueron Toulouse Lautrec y Degas, y el material con el que me expresaba era siempre el pastel. Me gustaba su inmediatez y su energia, y entre otras cosas no tenia tantas reglas como el oleo, al menos eso me parecia a mi.... En mi primera epoca al pastel, la mayoria de mis cuadros estaban inspirados en mis propias vivencias y en el entorno que me rodeaba, noche, calles, bares, mi casa, gente.. Oscuridad, luz, y la frescura que tienen siempre las primeras pinturas de cualquiera que no esta sometido a reglas, esa era mi pintura del principio. Poco a poco fui observando más la realidad de las cosas, y mi pintura se hizo más y mas realista, basada casi siempre en el barrio viejo de Valencia, en la decadencia de lo viejo, la obsesión por la luz...
Aprendí mucho en esa parte del camino, aprendí de la técnica y de la paciencia, pero tambien aprendí del hastío y del largo año de vacio creativo que le siguió. No tenia nada que decir y todo parecia como volver a empezar de cero... De qué manera se fue gestando un nuevo camino no sabría precisarlo, sólo tenia claro tres cosas : huir del realismo puro ,centrarme en la figura humana, y pintar desde dentro ...inventar.....imaginar. Así surgieron los amantes. Pintar ese amor, esa isla de consuelo, pintar la energía que nos mueve en ese estado de embriaguez, en el que parece que somos mejores... Pero no quería pintar la "realidad" de esto. No he querido modelos. Yo quería un lenguaje corporal que llevara toda la emoción de este baile del amor, el fisico, si, pero sobre todo el del amor interior, el drama de la pasión, eso que se irradia , eso que no se toca, pero que se siente... Bebí de muchos pintores..Klimt, Schiele, Picasso, Gauguin...y de tantos otros..he tomado todo lo que me valiera de cada uno de ellos... Mucho dibujo, tratando de que mis parejas se acoplen, buscando la armonia en la deformación...... Y entre acrílicos, acuarela, fascinante material, porque casi no pienso, es como si yo fuera un medio por el que todo fluye... En fin, este ha sido el largo viaje de los amantes, mi último viaje. Ahora empieza otro nuevo, del cual forman parte "esperando Abril", "Presencia", "Olvido","Dama Drama" "Ser o no Ser" y "la Muerte y la Doncella"..ahora quisiera bucear por otros recodos del alma humana... ´No lo sabia antes, pero ahora sé, que la pintura es para mi el mejor camino para encontrar mi esencia, quitarme piedras de la mochila, y vivir, estar viva, y ser yo, en definitiva. Es fascinante saber que no se nada, que se aprende cada dia..."


Nicoletta Tomas Caravia








4 comments:

zoe said...

lovely portraits, palette--i am especially fond of her blues (of course) and also her ambers, they are very vivid! the expressions and style of the faces, exquisite :)

Anonymous said...

love love the facial expressions and elongated features.

J(a)-(z)z said...

I couldn't agree more, Diana.

Thanks for express your opinion
J.

Kim and Henry said...

I would love to know how to purchase one in particular

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