there will never be.
Free to add to the culture."
This is ÁlVaro Tavares D´Guilherme
answering our questions Exceptionally talented. answering our questions Exceptionally
spirit lifted.rare expression words that are not spoken.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND
HOW DOES THIS PLACE FEEL LIKE?
"I'm currently based in NYC,a magical city."
WHO ARE YOU?
"I'm ÁlVaro, (born in Luanda(92),Artist"
WHERE ARE YOU TO FIND INSIDE YOUR ARTWORKS?
"Everywhere, when I'm in control of it,
sometimes they find me."
WHAT IS THE SOURCE
YOUR POWER OF IMAGINATION
IS COMING FROM?
Not vs Rothko, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas
160 x 140 cm
WERE YOU TEACHED ABOUT
HOW TO PAINT OR
DID YOU LEARN IT ALL BY YOURSELF?
well, I do know how to capture things,
I'm interested in representation of a form or figure
or mask references.
I've passed 8 years of my childhood in Luanda, during the civil war.
At times drawing in the sand or making handmade “lodo” toys,
was my time well spent and that kept me happy.
When my parents sent me to Europe I realized that what I was doing was art!
Then I developed it and still do.
As a teenager,I dropped out of my art school and self educate from there.
I was 17, then I made tattoos and t-shirts for extras.
Took me to do more and more paintings,
works that I wouldn't show to anyone at that time.
Ál Varo Guilherme House 2000, Berlin / photo credits @marcusmainz
HOW DOES YOUR ART SPEAK?
WHAT DOES IT VOICE SOUND LIKE?
presence, sorf of violence...at the end of day the work talks by itself.
The subject is already in the action of making it,
and the performance of creating also
can be defined and funded.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD?
big part it's intentional to be understood,
other times a presence turns into the privilege
just to be observed.
Sailor black folk
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 160 cm
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU KNEW YOU COULD ONLY EXPRESS IT THROUGH ART AND GOT THE COURAGE TO DO IT?
I always knew, as a teenager.
I spent a lot of time alone. It took me to draw massively at the bus,class,library, whereever i
could. My drawing Teacher at highschool once told me that if i really wanted i could make it
and somehow that woke me up and added to my confidence to express.
There were moments I doubted but I was so assertive about it, that responsibility led me to
encourage the process also to accept myself.
It sounded like an impossible mission, the truth is if I'm not painting or working in my
practice I do not feel alive and I get really moody,so there's always“to be or be”.
WHAT ARE OTHER ARTISTS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR WAY OF CREATING?
curiosIty i've been drawing before I got connected to some certain influence,cartoons
definitely had a big role, i felt my experience was the influence and for some reasons,i
pumped into other artists and it was all organic from that point.
Rashid Johnson, Robert Nava,Jenny Brosinki,I do appreciate their path and language.
Jean Michel is definitely a pioneer for a generational artists in the field and I took my hat off
HOW YOU MAKE YOUR DECISIONS IN AN ARTWORK? IN THE PROCESS, HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS RIGHT OR WRONG FOR THE PAINTING?
it's all in the process,for me.
A piece can decide by itself if it's ready or not, it will deal with inner voices guiding you to a
hundred ways, but a work never ends.Sometimes you work 3 months and it looks finished
and suddenly there ́s one day you're back to the studio and paint over it, I respect the
process and timing of making it.
When I know it's finished it's a victory day and I can enjoy a glass of wine.(what is rare)
WHAT ARE LABELS GOOD FOR?
It gives a better idea of the possibilities to where things can or not belong.
IS IT, THAT YOU AND YOUR ARTWORK ALWAYS HAVE THE SAME OPINION?
Yes, we do. It's important to know that the work reflects an emotion.
House paint, dry wall, joint compound, and aged street posters
21 x 18 x 8 in
53.3 x 45.7 x 20.3 cm
FOR AN ARTIST, IS IT GOOD TO FEEL SAFE AND SECURED, OR IS IT DAMAGING THE ART?
Well that's a good question, yet I do not know what it means.
I do agree that with better conditions and material the chance to have more possibilities and
mediums are unique and great.
Comfort zone it's something that I haven't tried yet, if so I'll let you know.
WHAT IS AN OVERRATED STANDARD IN SOCIETY?
I guess Privilege, depending on how you use them.
A POEM OR A PLAYLIST YOU LOVE?
Lately I've been listening to Sun RÁ and jazz, and rap.
Poetry:Ode Triunfal & desassossego by Fernando Pessoa.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE APPROVAL OF OTHERS IN THE ARTIST'S WORK?
It's always good to exchange opinions with other artists and speak about things, you see,
it helps to bring new ideas and create different methods to add things together.
I do not agree that validation it's something that an artist wants/needs but yet, to belong to
the artistic environment, it keeps the flow and learning.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVISE THAT SOMEONE EVER GAVE TO YOU?
must be said from my parents definitely.
Be healthy ,Purchase your dreams and work hard.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE FOR YOURSELF TO BECOME AN ARTIST?
My High School was in a small village in Lisbon. I was 16 years old in drawing class. I
asked to leave in the middle of it as I couldn't sit and make the best drawing to please my
teacher as the rest of the class did for her requirement. Consequently I went to the library
and read the newspaper. At that moment I realized that I wanted to make an artist career so
from that moment I did.
ARE THERE LIMITS TO ART?
no limits,there will never be.
Free to add to the culture.
cement installation (Red Hook)
"Everything mostly from life.
Berlin, Paris or NYC streets have a lot of influence on it,
books and mythology,.
i also must
admit spending hours in a museum."