Spanish artist Naro Pinosa is a visionary of few words. All of his ideas are filed in his head and he prefers to make them speak through the disruptive force of his collages. If it’s true that Instagram is packed with collage artists, Pinosa has been able to carve out a place for himself within the wide digital display and his works can be recognised at a glance, thanks to clean cuts and a touch of irony.
Forget intricate images. Pinosa combines the everyday with the everyday, attributing new meanings to shapes and objects, playing with associations of ideas and tacit allusions. Plants, cacti, penguins and flamingos overlap human figures, creating exciting and unpredictable visual puns. His archive, however, is not restricted to natural images, it also includes photos that seem cut out of art history books as well as of erotic magazines. Thus, his juxtapositions stand between blasphemy and light-hearted joke, in a limbo where Greek profiles, marble nudities and religious images are matched with shots stolen from homosexual pornography.
Twisted, delicate, irreverent, naughty, ironic.
Tell us a bit about your background. How did you approach art?
Art approached me.
Why did you choose collage art as a form of expression?
I find it simple.
What tickles your imagination?
Paper and scissors or digital clippings? Where do you find the images featured in your works?
Digital clippings. I collaborate with many professional photographers and Google is wonderful… lol.
How would you define your aesthetics?
Your collages are as delicate and eye-pleasing as they are winking and irreverent. Signifier and signified intertwine and blend, the codes are subverted. Classical art and homoerotic magazines, flora, fauna and female nudity. What’s your creative process and how do the associations of ideas come to your mind?
I let myself go… It’s just a game. The eureka moment comes out of nowhere, suddenly chaos!
Sexuality and religion, two worlds apart that in your collages often merge and create curious and blasphemous – but never vulgar – jokes and visual riddles. What do they mean for you?
Sexuality and religion go hand in hand. Forbidden and banal. Faith and desire…
You have a fascination for classical art, but also for Renaissance paintings and Arabic architecture. What do you like about ancient art and architecture and why you like to include these elements in your works?
Ancient art is the basis of current and contemporary art. The architecture itself is a large-scale art. I include all these types of elements because I like them and they draw attention to me.
Where else do you find inspiration?
Anything that breaks my art.
Is there a message you want to convey?
Less censorship and more respect.
(Photo courtesy of the artist)