This week we're catching up with Vicky Barranguet, an Uruguayan-born abstract painter based in East Harlem. When you first walk into her studio, you're overwhelmed by the scale, color and movement of her work. It's like walking into a symphony with the volume turned all the way up. Vicky is known to collaborate with her equally talented partner, Gustavo, who is a composer (and up for a Latin Grammy in a few weeks -- fingers crossed Gustavo!). We're thrilled to introduce Vicky's work and honored to have her as part of the Sugarlift community.
See her full portfolio of paintings on Sugarlift here.
LIVES & WORKS IN New York, NY
ON THE CLOCK Balancing time between work and being a mom.
YOUR ART WEEKEND Exhibits, museums and painting.
ALBUM Mi Familia and many others, by Gustavo Casenave
FILM "Amélie" & "Mulholland Drive"
ARTIST de Kooning and Basquiat
BOOK Starting to read "Walk through Walls" by Marina Abramović. Loved reading "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" by José Saramago, "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende, "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel.
LATEST PURCHASE A roll of canvas.
GUILTY PLEASURE Chocolate, cheese and wine.
GRADE IN ART CLASS I don't remember.
36 HOURS A long weekend with movies, delicious food, drawings, naps, friends and family.
Your paintings are very lyrical, very gestural -- can you talk about how music inspires your painting style?
Music plays a big part in my inspiration. I am married to a musician and since we moved in together I would paint for hours while he was playing and composing. Several people told me at the time that my painting is very musical without being aware that I was painting to music. One day we decided to bring this setting to stage, and we created the show 'Painting Music'. Since 2005, we have presented it worldwide with different ensembles and Gustavo's compositions in jazz, tango and classical music. Each setting, audience and type of music produces a very different kind of painting. While I am not dancing during the performance, the result on the canvas may seem like a dance, showing gestural, choreographic movements and rhythms. Today in the studio, I always have the music on. I listen and love painting to all kinds of music.
Who are some of your biggest influences either in art history or today?
Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, Wassily Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Jean Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, El Anatsui, Paul Ching-Bor, Joan Mitchell & children, my friends at the studio, urban artists and so many more…My teachers who influenced me in the best way possible by guiding me on my own path, allowing me to follow my own inspiration and feel through their teaching: William Scharf, Larry Poons, Frank O'Caine, and in Uruguay, Clever Lara.