The Canvas | pablo renauld
21 September 2015
Pablo Renauld was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 13, 1974. From a young age he felt he was destined to be an artist. His father, Antonio Gómez was the first person who taught him art. As a teenager, he studied at the National School of Fine Arts Manuel Belgrano, followed by the National School of Fine Arts Lola Mora. In 1993, hoping to further expand his expertise, he enrolled at the Colón Theatre of Buenos Aires where he studied stage make-up and scenery, while also studying film on a private basis with Natan Solans. In addition to theatre and film, Pablo also loves photography and all kinds of music, from classical to electronic.
Most recently, looking to further expand his repertoire, Pablo has begun dabbling in digital art, which he enjoys and continues to practice, though he prefers oil, turpentine, and linen, staining dark gothic backgrounds and highlighting figures in an intense game of contrasts.
What are you currently working on?
I'm working on several new oil paintings, all portraits. I enjoy taking photographs of the human body, and then reinventing the emotions in my own style on canvas. However, working with real models is always my preferred method.
Has your art or approach/method changed over the years and if so, how?
As the saying goes, “Art imitates life” — my methods/approaches are more often than not affected by my surroundings.
What made you join Body Of Art?
The art world can be difficult to navigate and exhibiting pieces live is no easy feat. When I visited BOA’s virtual gallery, I thought it was a sophisticated yet easy way to demo my art to a wide audience. I believe modern technology has a great role in the Art world and it is fantastic to be able to view other’s work from across the globe.
What is your biggest ambition as an artist?
To have my artwork leave a footprint in the madness that is this world. To work with others on a large scale collaboration that takes people’s breaths away!
Title: 'Melancolia' copyright, Pablo Renauld
If you could own any piece of artwork, what would it be and why?
That is such a difficult question! I think it would have to be "Hendrickje Bathing in a River" by Rembrandt. The reflection, light and shadows, it just takes my breath away.
What makes you laugh?
Definitely, my friends, family, wife and Woody Allen! When I’m painting, I can be totally consumed by the subject so having these wonderful people in my life is a great distraction and allows me some downtime.
What is the central theme of your work, do you have one?
I love catching a momentary human emotion. A sigh, a caress, something which lasts a moment and is gone the next.
Which of your works is your favourite?
I think currently this is my favourite piece of work. The piecing glare and force in the eyes draws you in instantly and leaves the viewer wondering what it is that has made the subject pull such a face.
Title: 'Mujer' copyright, Pablo Renauld
What is your favourite word, the word you tend to use more often?
I have a few and they are not repeatable here!
Have you got a bad habit, if so, what is it?
I like the occasional pipe, much to the annoyance of my wife!
If you could choose any new skill that you could master, which would you choose?
I’ve started doing sculptures, something I have not done for many years. This is definitely a skill I’m trying to master… I'm Argentine, so I probably ought to learn to Tango — everybody always asks me if I can dance and unfortunately I have to say no!
Title: 'La Sed' copyright, Pablo Renauld
What makes you angry?
On a personal level, quite often painting makes me angry but perhaps that is the true definition of passion. On a world scale, it is simply injustice that makes me mad.
When you were a child, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a painter like my father.
Who would you like to meet and what question would you want to ask them?
Johann Sebastian Bach. I’d have no question for him, I’d just want to hug him. Bach is my only companion when painting.
What do you consider the greatest invention of all time?
What would be your worst nightmare?
To lose my senses. If I could no longer enjoy music, smell baked bread, touch skin... I think in this moment, it would be my end.
If you could go down the history books and be remembered for something, what would you want that to be?
Like most people I suspect, I want to be remembered for my work. A lifetime of creativity can mean a lifetime of ecstasy and exhilaration but also torture and pain. Leaving something behind makes up for that.
Title: 'Mujer tomando un baño' copyright, Pablo Renauld
What is your all time favourite movie or tv program?
“My left foot."
What would you scribble on a wall of world’s greatest quotes?
“To canvas the soul is to capture the impossible.”
If you had to give art students today some advice, what would it be?
Study hard and know your technique, the creativity and madness comes after.
Main Image Title: 'La Divina' copyright, Pablo Renauld.
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