Héctor Trujillo’s way to do Art

Not all Artists are born equal, some of them are what we call a natural. Not every creative person wakes up as an artist, and remains creative 24/7. Most of the artists I’ve known or ever worked with, don’t belong to this kind. Most artists have an agenda or ulterior motivations when it comes to create their art. They feel the need to comply with a client, with a gallerist or a critic. There’s no much freedom left to fearlessly create and invent. Specially if they live off their art, they can’t let down their people

The other kind of artist, hardly graduates from Art school, but rather lives inventing new ways to do things and sees life as an open invitation. This kind would say YES to all, and would create opportunities out of thin air. Their art pieces will combine “mistakes” with beautiful designs. They commonly don’t live off their art business and they feel free. They might create an art that invites, that leaves space for something to happen when you are face to face with it, some kind of completion occurs. There’s also more space in the creative process

More interesting than the object that is produced, the point here is the openness some artists manifest when it comes to find inspiration, their interaction with the world at large and the way to perceive reality. After all, art seems more related to a way of perceiving than it is with a beautiful object. Unusual art comes from unusual people. Openness is more important to create Art, than having a plan. And. . . relaxation is mandatory to create Art, but nobody seems to be very much relaxed

There is a tremendous risk for artists like these not entering the market though, given traditional critics and curators won’t show a deep appreciation for this art, cliché as it sounds. It’s a risky investment from the point of view of an art gallerist or even  a collector. One piece won’t look like the next one, there might not be a Series, and almost assured there won’t be a line of production in the studio. This art is hard to turn into a commodity or a product sometimes. It could be ephemeral, it could be made on thin paper or be hard to preserve. So, is hard to sell it and present it to clients, is too unusual in a “bad” sense. Cause people mostly buy art following the advice of an “expert”, so this art might not fit the common taste

Trujillo is one of those artists who lives relaxed, his art does not depend on getting fancy materials, or hammering a message to his audience. Instead, for the last 10 years, he finds situations to dive in, new materials, and people to do collaborations with. His way to approach art and his creativity are a source of inspiration for anybody who wakes up and lives creatively without further planning

He finds abandoned objects, recycles wood and paper, creates stencils and hangs in abandoned building in Havana. Never wasting a thing, a finding is the seed of an artwork. Where others see nothing but plain routines, he finds his inspiration. When in his studio, everything that happens instantly becomes part of the art, nothing is taken back or away. Nothing is wasted. All, an accident, a mistake, “a bad style” brushstroke, the weird-looking figures, everything. A canvas becomes a living moment

Héctor Trujillo (b. 1986) Lives and works in Havana (Cuba). His artwork includes hand-carved stencil, graffiti and engraving. Works with Cuban’ tiles as inspiration for stencil and wallpaper design. He finds materials on the go. Has exhibited during last 5 Havana Biennials. “His true art is the way to approach circumstances to create”. You can see more of his work at Instagram.

His work on Stencil, Instant in the water

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