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“The creative process used to be hard and painful, but sometimes, just sometimes, everything just flows and it is fast and easy. I love those moments.”


Eloy Arribas





Eloy Arribas

Who are you? What do you do?

I’m a Spanish painter; I try to paint those things I can’t speak about because are made of that mix of non-specific fears and feelings which I live with but cannot understand.

Where are you from?

I’m from the deepest Spain, but at the moment I’m living in Madrid, and working with galleries from Madrid, Barcelona and New York.

Your style in 3 words?

fruit, animals, death.

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Your weakness? Your strength?

I’m really messy at work…impossible to organize my studio place! But, fuck, I think I’m a good painter.

What makes you different?

I really believe that there are many ways to make the world better, and art is one of them.

When did you decide to become an artist?

I did not make that decision, it just came…I never stopped drawing since I was a child…well, maybe when a teenager, but just because in that years I was all the time looking for the way to find cheap alcohol.

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What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?

The creative process use to be hard and painful, but sometimes, just sometimes, everything just flows and it is fast and easy. I love those moments.

A few words about your favourite creation…

I’ve just finished a sculpture made out of a concrete mixer and half a bike. It has a head which balances back and forward. It is like a witchcraft thing!!

Someone else´s work that inspired or inspires you?

Louise Bourgeois, Max Ernst, Cy Twombly, Danny Fox, Torey Thornton…

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A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

At the moment I have three forthcoming solo shows…but I really need to stay at the studio, anything scheduled, and just draw freely.

Finish the sentence “More important than my career is…”

To find the way to make people who are living with me happy every day! -I can’t believe I’ve just wrote that.-

2018: Where are we going?

This world is fucked up. The end is near!

When the going gets tough…

I used to listen to Camarón, the flamenco singer, and bad thoughts and problems go away…

Your city´s favourite spot?

I love the classical sculpture areas in the Prado museum, in Madrid. Tourist used to go massively to the rooms where Velazquez and Goya are, and forget these areas, which are always quiet and where you can be alone.

Do you have a vision?

I think the human being is smarter than we think, and that this era is going to finish in not a long time, giving way to the birth of a new, more beautiful, one.

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What would you do if you could change the world?

I would erase borders between countries. Those abstract limits are one of our worst disgraces.

Tell us about your future plans…

paint, draw, paint again…work in the shows and earn money enough to buy a red, fast and noisy motorbike.

Last but not least: what is your favourite song?

This one is the soundtrack of my childhood, so…Camarón de la Isla, La Leyenda del Tiempo

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