Meeting the GREAT artist Salustiano at Art Basel Miami
January 22, 2016
I met Salustiano at the MOMA Art Event in Miami during Art Basel 2015. He stood out amongst the crowd with an elegant strong glow. No one could misshim. He spoke broken english because he is from Spain and I don’t speak much Spanish either but body language always says enough 🙂 Especially between two artists. Here is a link to his work… www.salustiano.com Salustiano: Beyond the Red CM- You project peace, absolute silence, and great spirituality in each of your creations. Why do you always use such young faces? S- I only seek people who can convey what I want to say with their looks. Most of my models are young people because the young are less contaminated by life’s frustrations and problems. At that age, the spiritual animal that we all carry inside is more intact, and that is what I want to paint. Of course, there are always exceptions and I have found excellent models of all ages. CM- The apparel and even some of the stances of certain creatures display strong symbolism and mysticism. Can your work be considered a reflection of your spiritual beliefs? S- I agree that my paintings are loaded with spirituality, but I have never been attracted to symbolism. Symbolism is a resource more utilized by romantic artists. I consider that art is divided into only two categories, classic art and romantic art, depending on whether what prevails in a work of art is sentiment over form or form over sentiment. The foundation of classicism is that a painting is just a painting, and not a psychiatrist’s couch. Thus, Matisse, Picasso, Hockney and Kapoor are classicists, while Bacon, Munch, Van Gogh and Nolde are romanticists. That is why my spiritual beliefs do not influence my work; I don’t paint what I feel, but rather what I think. Although I seek emotional results, my oeuvre is based on intellectual and methodical work, mathematical work. It is created through analytical and not emotive labor. I work with the emotions of those who look at my paintings, not with my own. Salustiano’s artwork is on view at Art Rouge Gallery through April 30th, 2010. 46 Northwest 36th St. Miami, FL, 33127. Phone 305 448 2060. www.artrouge.com Chaliang Merino: Art Critic. BA in Art History (Universidad de La Habana); MA in Art Management (St. Thomas University, Miami).