Pedro Paricio


The Incredulous, 146 x 114 cm, acrylic on linen, 2011

Canarian painter on Russian Landscape, 100×91 cm, acrylic on linen, 2011

Study for a Selfportrait in a HST, 130 x 130 cm., acrylic on linen, 2011

Pedro (naked at stairs), 195 x 130 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2011

Flowers for a Martyr, 73×54 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2011

Ship wreck in front of The Teide, 150 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2011

The Big Painter, 200 x 200 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2011

About The Artist

Paricio says of his decision to be an artist, “…to be honest, the thing that attracted me was the freedom that society gives to the artist. When you are an artist, society lets you do things that, if it weren’t for the art, you would be considered crazy. I chose art because I wanted a different life.”

Perhaps the most definable characteristics of Paricio’s work are his unique use of paint and vibrant colour. Recent themed paintings show a strong sense of playfulness, a fascination with colour and a love of paint. While Paricio’s colours are bright and harmonious, his compositions are sometimes awkward and can evoke a sense of disquiet. His work makes strong references to graphic design, primitive art, and the work of 20th century artists, in particular Francis Bacon. Paricio cites Bacon, Beuys, Rothko, Van Gogh, Basquiat, Warhol, El Greco, Velazquez and Caravaggio in a long list of artists who have inspired him. The influences of all of these artists are plain to see in both his drawings and paintings.

 

Paricio was born and grew up in the Canary Islands and moved to Barcelona in his twenties, where he has had a studio since 2004. As a child, Paricio was always drawing and says that his parents knew he would be happiest if they gave him pencils and paper to play with. Paricio smiles when he recalls the moment his mother discovered her son’s talent, when she found a “little fresco” he had painted on the underside of the living room table. Paricio studied science at high school and did not initially consider a career as an artist. He chose to study art at the last moment, just days before the university’s registration deadline for the course. Paricio himself does not quite understand what made him change his mind, but he is confident now that painting is the most important thing in his life. In a recent interview in 2010, Paricio said, “… when I am happy, I go to see art. When I am sad, I go to see art. Art gives sense to my life“.

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