Interview with Josefina Ayllón | Rise Art


“I have generally painted with my fingers, sort of like sculpturing the paint … I guess I require that type of make contact with with my operate: I have to have to come to feel the supplies.”

By Tatty Martin | 01 Jun 2022

Josefina Ayllón is a self-taught artist centered in Rome. Doing the job in an expressive impasto style, Josefina creates portraits of equally recognisable and unrecognisable sitters. Quite a few of her subjects are fictional characters, and with a significant software of paint and a bold solution to brushwork, Josefina explores the pressure between physicality and the makebelieve. 

Josefina sees color, texture and the relationship between the two, as a means of generating intensity. Oils let Josefina to create up texture and form a portray surface area that seems tangible, or as she calls it, “a bi-dimensional object”. Josefina is new to Rise Art, and to welcome her to the system, we not long ago caught up with her and learnt extra about her apply and journey as an artist. 


Untitled (JA0616), 2020 by Josefina Ayllón

How would you explain your design and style and the perform you create?

I paint expressionist portraits. My major target is the colour and the product. I guess that when hunting at my get the job done just one would say that the matter make any difference is the portrait, when in reality I take into consideration the paint by itself to be the key character.

I believe that all paintings to be abstract, it is one’s career to make your mind up whether to concentration on the work as anything figurative or not. I have always painted with my fingers, variety of like sculpturing the paint, which is odd for the reason that I normally enjoy observing the brushstrokes of numerous painters. But I guess I want that type of contact with my do the job: I need to have to really feel the materials. I even now paint the backgrounds with a brush, but for the figures, I require to split the intermediation of the brush in between my hand and the canvas. Also, the texture this way of painting generates has a unique effect underneath the lighting, there is a a great deal bigger contrast amongst the figure and the floor. The character turns into even extra in solitude inside of the composition.


Explain to us a little bit about the inspiration behind your observe.

The inspiration arrives largely from my inside. It is really an unconscious instead than a mindful procedure. I feel that the operate I generate echoes the encounters I have lived and the cultural stimuli that surround me.


Untitled (JA0621) by Josefina Ayllón

How do you go about picking the topics for your paintings?

I normally paint imaginary characters, particularly in smaller paintings. Or else, I use shots that I stumble upon from unique sources as a commencing place. Nevertheless, I are inclined to overlook about them the moment I am portray.

I think that is why my paintings do not have a title. Even if I use a human being in concrete as a resource of inspiration, when I get started to paint, this will switch into a totally various portrait. In point, if the human being and the portrait glance alike, I feel that in a way I have failed.


How has your practice advanced in the latest yrs?

A few several years back, the portraits that I painted were only about producing imaginary subjects and my way of functioning was kind of intuitive. But with time my concentrate shifted to a little something considerably less summary. Even although I proceed to operate in that way, I now use a far more figurative technique in some of my paintings.

Relating to the medium, through my to start with techniques I painted with oils, but soon I had to shift to acrylic paint owing to practical factors. Nevertheless, when applying acrylics, it became extremely evident to me that oil paint is substantially a lot more alive. It is an organic substance, coming from mother nature, that elders with time. Hence a several a long time ago I went again to painting with oils. Lately, I have been experimenting with oil sticks on paper, which will allow me to deepen a great deal a lot more on the gestures of my portraits.


Untitled (JA0527) by Josefina Ayllón

What is an normal working day like in your studio?

My studio is located in the suburbs of Rome, so I just take the educate each and every early morning to get there. I am not tightened to a specific schedule, but I tend to get the job done until 4 or 5 p.m. As my workspace is positioned outdoors of the city, I actually recognize the silence and the privateness that I have though painting.


Who are your critical influences?

There are quite a few artists that I dearly admire, even now, I never considered them as obtaining a immediate affect on my function. To name a few: Baselitz, de Kooning, Guston, Auerbach, Alice Neel.


Untitled (JA0555) by Josefina Ayllón

Who are some Rise Artwork artists with perform you are experiencing at the minute?

Clare Thatcher, Karoline Kroiss, Barbara Howey


Are you performing on any exciting new assignments?

I am at this time operating on a collection in which I am painting a lot of subjects, every single one particular in two different types. Then I will get two various final results for each portrait.


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