Artist Statement

The older I get the more I appreciate those special works of art that invite you to imagine, interpret or guess what is going on there. I feel uncomfortable when everything is given to me, when there is nothing left for me to investigate.

I’d rather suggest than show. Even though some might think my pieces are too finished to pretend this, the essence is not in the formal process (being mine deeply accurate), but in the world we offer through that image. The capacity of making viewers wanting to know more, to imagine the rest, the story behind that image.

That is exactly what I try to do with my work. I open doors for the viewers to go through and find out by themselves. The bodies, faces or places I create try to suggest possibilities, stories behind the surface. I want my images to capture people’s attention at first sight and then, leave them alone to complete what that situation, that offered image, could be part of.

Painting, to me, is a way to recreate and reinterpret reality, to build my own world of images I am interested in. Faces, bodies, interiors or objects, different sources of inspiration to slowly enrich and enlarge that universe. In my work, I try to capture the essence of the image by deeply analyzing textures, shades and lights. The air surrounding the image is what makes, to me, the difference between great art and reproduction.

I am a big admirer of the great classics and the cutting-edge contemporary creators at the same time. I would like to be able to put together the magic and living atmosphere from Velázquez’s, Antonio López’s, Viola’s or Richer’s classic or contemporary approaches.

Through shocking and suggesting pieces of the big puzzle of life, I try to capture in my paintings the essence of my preferences and obsessions.

Jaime Valero contemporary visual artist