Interview with Jorge Regueira

Posted by Sara Sanz Aldea

Jorge Regueira is an artist who put in value the line and the rhythm through inks in expressiveness and gesture. In his interview for The Biombo he talks about how he manages to be himself through his paintings.

1.- What place does art occupy in your life?

If you ask me what would I take to a desert island, I would tell you a box with my inks and crayons (cheating a bit, also a book). I would also take all the people I love, but then it would no longer be a desert island, but a very crowded place. Jokes aside, today I can’t think of a better way to be with myself, to be myself, than with my paintings.

2.- What you do is called expressive or gestural calligraphy. What does this technique consist of?

What has been called expressive calligraphy, or also gestural, is one that does not worry about the formal aspect of the letters and the alphabet, the semantic content, legibility … in short, one that forgets all utilitarian function and burden the inks in expressiveness and gesture, hence its name. It draws on aesthetic currents such as abstract expressionism, which in turn took the Japanese avant-garde interwar school of calligraphy as an inspiring model. Expressive calligraphy cares about the line, the rhythm, the contrasts, the feeling … expressive calligraphy does not differ much from abstract painting, indeed. In any case, I consider myself more a painter who uses the written line – expressive calligraphy – in his works than the other way around.

3.- What does having a presence at the Moscow Calligraphy Museum represent for you?

I remember when they contacted me, proposing that I participate in the international exhibition, the sixth, that they were organizing. For me it is a satisfaction to be next to great international masters, and there is no doubt that it supposes a promotion of your work and a recognition, which is always an extra motivation. I am the only Spanish artist with a work in the museum (with the works “Terra Incognita” and “Aurora”, the latter an interpretation of the poem of the same name belonging to “Poeta en Nueva York” by García Lorca). Based on this participation, from Yekaterinburg they asked me to collaborate in the project of a book in which calligraphers and artists from all over the world participated. I must have something Russia likes …

Thank you very much for granting me this interview for The Biombo. I hope you continue to achieve many successes in your career as an artist.

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