Growing up in Trujillo, music and art were solid foundations of my cultural upbringing and my paintings draw from this strong Coast North Peruvian influence. As a child, I was very gifted in colours and forms and all materials of art because my father is a painter artist enrolled me .it was a very Interesting to me look at my father working in his art study at home. I spent several hours looking at him working and discovering nrew variety of colors from his palet . For most of my life this was the path I took: paintings exhibitions and books teaching paint.
However, as I grew older, I came to realize that my concept of a real artist is freedom - and Painting did represent that to me.
One day I noticed my tulip garden and suddenly had the urge to paint it. I had never painted before but I was drawn to the colors and forms and I simply had to try. As I continued experimenting with color and form, my desire to paint became so strong that I ultimately gave up teaching and performing music to follow my heart. With painting, I have chosen my own path and in doing so, I choose the path of freedom.
I express with color what I hear in my heart. By manipulating formal devices such as thick and thin paint, line and edge, distortion and rhythmic patterns, I create a feeling that allows color to define form. My concern is not the precision of the subject I see - it is painting the feeling of what I see. The essence of each painting is the connection between the subject matter and me. When I step inside the space I am creating on canvas, I want the viewer to go there with me - to experience the openness of the moment.
As I paint, the colors, shapes and forms evolving on the canvas allow me to reach back towards my experiences as a child traveling from Coast sea to Andeans Mountains .
Digging deep into a vast pool of feelings I reach out and express on canvas the paradox between reality and dream, embracing the ethereal and the mystery of the unknown.
To this expression, I continuously dedicate my time as an artist. Painting offers a passion to heal the inner soul and an even greater enthusiasm to connect with my true self. There are two things that I love most in the world - children and animals. Both are very frank and open-minded, and that's what I love most in them. And animals can't talk so the only way they express themselves is through emotions!
I am a very emotional person myself and I want to understand the emotions of animals from the expression of their faces (and tails :)). I want to depict these emotions in a unique and non-standard way, and so I paint dogs that can fly or cows that can dance like a person.
Joan Louis 2013.