Hosting Mexican artist Nacho Chincoya | Arthouse

Hosting Mexican artist Nacho Chincoya

Hosting Mexican artist Nacho Chincoya

His work is based in the natural act of extracting images from their original environment and re-placing them in an alternate space and time with other non-endemic visuals.

His compositions bring together distant cultures and time-frames onto one canvas.

As a result, the viewer can experience a crossing between distinct universes where a Roman warrior battles a pink panther/lion that bites onto a Roman priest who at the same time fights back with a sort of Star Wars lightsaber.

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In the same scene, a balloon Daffy Duck, a Greek deity wearing a Bugs Bunny mask and other creatures, witness and take part into the action depicted. The way in which the narrative genre is manipulated, is an essential part of Chincoya’s work.

His paintings bring together neo-classical narratives with comic strip elements and hints of theatrical staging and cinematographic direction.

The amalgamation of distinct visual ingredients is not only visible in Chincoya’s subject matter and narrative but as well in his freedom of style.

His realistic depictions go hand in hand with cartoon-like and child-scribble portrayal.

His oeuvre is bound together by an interest on folklore, every-day objects and expressions such as; toys, child drawings, tattoos, traditional craft, junk objects and tools.

In an interview with Cynthia Arvide for TimeOut Magazine, 2013, Chincoya shares his obsession for collecting toys and using them as models for his work.

He also speaks about growing up in a car repair shop where loud garage noises would mix with marimba music.

In this environment, he would use engine grease as a medium to draw on any found surface and use metal scraps, screws and bolts to build up sculptures. He also shares that he discovered the work of the great masters such as Picasso and Rembrandt in the pages of a colored encyclopedia.

He would use these found images as a stage where he could build up stories by drawing and placing stickers of Mexican wrestlers, superheroes and cartoon characters.

His residency in Arthouse gave him the opportunity to bring to life one of his recurrent characters, the toy robot. From September to November 2016, we were delighted to host Nacho Chincoya as the first artist-in-residence. We asked him 3 questions regarding his experience in Arthouse that we would like to share with you down below.


Miret Rodríguez: Usually, you express your imaginary throughout oil painting. Which factors were influential into your decision making for expressing yourself with wooden sculpture this time?

NC: It’s true. My imaginary is expressed through painting, but many factors influence and determine the result of an artwork. It can happen while enjoying music, watching a movie or by an alternate investigation of painting. In this case, the Robot springs from there, from the curiosity of making a personal toy, from the investigation of a popular Mexican toy and by the motivation of dignifying its precedence.

I think that it was the found medium, the material in the space was fundamental. The wood became the soul of the robot.


MR: What other artwork did you develop during your residency and what effect did your stay have on your work?

NC: Along to this project, I continued working on my digital sketches, filled with images. The environment submerged me in a series of reflections towards life.

But I don’t consider that my work speaks about this life, nor about the future life. It simply speaks about an alternate reality of my vision through a portal.


MR: What does 2017 hold for Nacho Chincoya?

NC: Well, I think that many new projects, many new paintings! Everything brings consequences, even in the acts of my paintings and in this case the Robot already holds its personal plan.

With the wood scraps found from the construction in Arthouse, Chincoya built a 2.5m tall Robot with the aid of the engineering community in Tulum.

Today the Robot lives in building two ready for play and adventures.

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