Luz de la Calle (@luzdelacalleart) is an artist living in Valladolid who stands out mainly thanks to her aerography technique. She especially likes working on meticulous portraits of people and animals, to which she always gives her personal touch. This way, she gives people who look at her art some food for thought, as well as making them feel closer to characters with their own story and personality.
Below are some of the artist’s most unique works in the form of an interview. Luz also designed the image for The Biombo Art Blog for 2020.
SARA.- Gizmo is one of the cutest creatures ever. What does this design represent?
LUZ.– This poster what created for a Foxy Studyo contest in Netherlands. The theme was old films. Since I’m a huge fan of the gremlins, I decided to create a mix with Stallone’s movie by using the aesthetics of the original poster, but swapping the actor for Gizmo and the original gun for a water gun. Because we all know that there’s nothing more dangerous than a wet gremlin! I won first prize thanks to this piece.
Audrey the Giraffe
SARA.- This giraffe has quite some thick eyelashes. Do they mean something in particular?
LUZ.- I’m a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, her elegance, sweetness and beauty. Giraffes make me feel a very similar way, so I decided to portray her features on my giraffe.
SARA.- You say you’re very passionate about aerography. Could you explain what it is?
LUZ.– Aerography is the technique par excellence when it comes to customizing any type of object. That’s why, in this case, my passion for Audrey Hepburn blooms once again, but this time I wanted to characterize her as a Mexican skull. I also wanted to preserve the inscription and wood grains on this old skateboard, since it had great sentimental value.
LA JOLIE GERALDINE
LA PETITE MONIQUE
SARA.- They have a great vintage vibe to them. Do you like the world of entertainment?
LUZ.– I like anything and everything vintage, the aesthetics, the circus life (without animals, though!). And I love drawing my dolls. These paintings are part of the LUMIERE CIRQUE collection (which is not yet finished), through which I want to be able to tell the important and difficult life of women in the world of entertainment, more specifically in the circus. Each piece has a very different color scheme. I did this to “test” colors and then decide which I like best, or if I will make each piece completely different.
SARA.- Another one of your muses?
LUZ.- Yes, she’s another muse because of her great beauty, strength and love for animals. I always wanted a portrait of her on my wall, and I love that neon pink because it brings back great memories.
SARA.- Why a Geisha?
LUZ.– For my fashion-related work I draw a lot on the computer because it’s fast, has good image quality and it’s easy to manage the changes that textile prints require. I made this Geisha just because I enjoy making dolls. You can buy bags, cell phone cases and much more with this print at Society6.
SARA.- Amélie became a huge icon and the movie’s soundtrack is beautiful. Would you consider yourself an admirer?
LUZ.- I’m a big fan of the movie’s aesthetics and of the leading actress as well. I wanted to create my own version of her and make her one of my dolls.
SARA.- Everyone says that in Spain everything is lived with a lot of passion and can be felt in artistic facets like flamenco. Did you want to capture this feeling in your work?
LUZ.– I had a great time creating this realistic portrait. Most of it was made using aerography, but there’s much more to it. I wanted to capture passion, strength and that special personality that flamenco has in each stroke, shadow and light contrast. It’s one of my favorite pieces.
SARA.- What memories does this portrait bring?
LUZ.– This portrait brings back beautiful memories. I made it at an aerography workshop held by a great aerography artist while being surrounded by the two teachers who showed me this technique, as well as some of my best partners.
Nati. Version 9.1
SARA.- This is one of my favorite pieces. What a great job! It must have been challenging to include so much detail.
LUZ.- It was challenging because it’s a large format and has great detail, but also one of my greatest satisfactions. The main theme of this piece is the strength that comes with old age.
With it I want to show that older people are not useless, and that wrinkles hold experiences and feelings. Age wrinkles the skin, but giving up on enthusiasm wrinkles the soul, because the elderly are not a burden, as many people believe. They’re the complete opposite. As much as we now believe that just because we’re younger we’re more intelligent, modern and good-looking, age will always be one step ahead. There also isn’t an age to stop learning or teaching. Wrinkles could actually be the best company of a person’s best version of themselves.
Just like Bernardo Stamateas, an author I really like, once said: “We start life running and end it walking, and it’s by walking how we could really begin to taste it.”
Thank you so much for this interview, Luz. It was a pleasure discovering your art and getting to know you. A life lesson, for sure.
Interviewing Luz de la Calle for The Biombo
Translated by Andrea Barrocal Velasco