Interview with Zoe Marmentini, Marbella-Based Painter29-01-2015
Meet Zoe Marmentini, a young, bright, and talented painter based in Marbella.
As so very usual within the immensely cosmopolitan city of Marbella, I grew up and went to school here after my parents -- Hungarian mother and Chilean father -- decided to settle down in the area in the late 70's. My education was at international schools; I did A-levels in the UK and then studied Fine Art in Granada while being resident DJ at Comedia -- now closed, but pretty much my generation's second home (ask anyone between the ages of 35 and 45 who lived here between 1995-2003). During my studies, I focused on Digital Media; many other fields were part of the learning process, and in it, I made painting my second language, too.
This has resulted in a fantastic position pretty much at my doorstep; I am working as a freelance graphic designer for Marbella Club Hotel and Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella, and it is very intense and fulfilling in many aspects. On the side, I have been keeping up with my painting and have had the chance to pursue and develop interesting projects handed over by even more interesting people.
Over a year ago, I made the decision of renting out my own space to focus more on my artistic side. I have been painting more steadily since then, my pieces are larger and they are more 'free' -- at least, that is what I think and aim for. I spend a lot of my time in my studio, and it is what I love most; one can hardly consider that 'work'! Work is then pulling everything together and keeping it consistent, developing a solid concept, showing it to the right people, keeping paperwork and website updated, sending pieces off, and participating in events.
1. How did you start painting?
Growing up in a family of artists does not really give you the opportunity of not to! My mother was a painter and did illustrations of Puerto Banús, which were the commercial edge of the family. My father was a photographer and hobby sculptor, and even though he never exploited these aspects to become the salesperson for my mother's work, our projects at home as children always involved creative thinking and doing.
2. What else are you doing in the Art Sector?
I am mostly painting large pieces with many textures and layers. This is the work that I want to develop further and pursue as my own artistic language. However, I also love working on strictly figurative pieces and even illustration -- this is often required in conjunction with graphic design, and I feel it makes the designer's job more unique, to-the-point, and vibrant.
3. What kind of technique do you use?
I am definitely a mixed media artist. I love mixing different media in the different layers of my work.
4. How do you call your style?
Descriptive… and vaguely figurative within an abstract context (or vice-versa).
5. How big are your paintings, and which is your favourite?
I like the square format, and 2x2m is a basic format that works well for me. Horizontal pieces are also in that area. The smaller pieces I make from leftover material from the bigger cuts -- I use these to try materials, colour combinations, and they sometimes end up turning into pieces.
My favourite always tends to be my last -- right now, it is Blue Motion.
6. Where do you get your inspiration from?
From the human habitat. These can be cities, rooms, people in them. I think they are natural spaces for human beings. We cannot assume we could ever live in the wild again, and I like to make a point of that.
7. I heard about and saw your brochure; tell us a little bit more about what is in it.
A selection of pieces painted over the past years, including a few older pieces that show different approaches that I focused on back in the day. It is strictly visual; the colours of the prints as faithful as possible to their originals.
Click HERE to view the brochure.
8. Who are your clients?
Pretty much word of mouth! Friends and acquaintances of people who havebeen in contact with me from previous projects or commissions, which is very nice. I sometimes get contacted through my website also.
9. Which piece has been the most memorable artwork in your life?
I would have to go with the mural piece we prepared in Switzerland. The size and the freedom I was given to make it come to life made this a very special piece both for me and Carmen Offerman, who assisted me in the making; it would have been impossible without her! We had a 6m tall x 10m wide wall inside a building which were the headquarters of BISON AG, an up-and-coming swiss IT company.
Click HERE to view.
10. Where is your studio, and when can people come to your gallery?
My studio is located at C/ Iris, Edificio El Trebol, Nueva Andalucía. It is between the Casino and the Guey roundabout, which is easy to find, and convenient. People can give me a call and make an appointment to come by -- I am there most afternoons and weekends. It is really not a gallery: there is paint everywhere and pieces of projects lying all over, taking up the space and filling up the air! The finished pieces are stashed in large storage units in the corner, and guests can browse through them -- but do not expect the fancy all-white-and-clean look of a gallery!
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