Estela Cuadro, jungla #painting


Estela Cuadro is a painter out of Buenos Aires. While some of her work is ethereal — and seemingly coming from an airy, dream-like world — other work is bold and primal, as if illustrating tribal tales. I am very excited to be sharing this interview with Estela; it has long been in the works, and I am very grateful to Angelo Keely from Madelife for translating! — eden

Where are you based?

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentinian artist Estela Cuadro in her studio

Was there a specific moment when you knew you wanted to be an artist?

I did my first drawing and painting workshop when I was five-years-old. Art has been a major part of my life since then.

Estela Cuadro, alucinógeno #painting

Alucinógeno 3

Have you had a formal art education?

When I was five-years-old, my father sent me to a basic art workshop. Later I studied graphic design. After I graduated, I had the opportunity to move to Buenos Aires, Argentina and study with an excellent teacher, Silvia Mato. It was the most amazing six years of my life. This experience allowed my artwork and inner being to mature. I learned to meditate, to do oriental dance, and to connect with the people from other places.

Estela Cuadro, encuentro, desencuentro #painting


Tell us about what inspires your work.

I think what inspires me most is seeing the blank page, knowing that something new is about to be created. What surprises me the most is the journey — taking time for the work to mature. It can be a day, a month, or however long it takes. Each work asks for your time; you must give more energy and wait for things to appear. This is how to eliminate barriers. If the art does not work out, no matter how cute or ugly it can be, the artwork must be.
Music, dance, books, dreams, meditation, travel, plants — I get ideas from all kinds of things. Everything we see, we experience — consciously and unconsciously — may be sources of inspiration for each work. The power of being in my workshop full of colors, plants, birds, and objects that I collect and admire, and books of other artists. I like to enjoy a glass of wine, read a book, and travel fills me with energy for new things. I believe in my irrational impulses, in the unconscious, in playfulness, and in imagination without barriers and without worries. I want people to enjoy my art from this perspective.

Estela Cuadro, alucinógeno #painting

Alucinógeno 2

When you feel a lack of inspiration, how do you find it again?

My mood influences me. I have to feel happy to do an artwork. When I have a lot of energy I want to create. Being sad doesn’t generate a desire to create, and that is something that can happen to anyone in any profession. I never think or sketch before an artwork. Some works I’ve completed are more complex, and through these I’ve learned more and had something new emerge in my style.

Estela Cuadro, entre perros y gatos #painting

Entre Perros y Gatos

What materials and/or tools do you use to create your work? Do you have any favorite techniques or processes that you are willing to share?

I like many techniques. Currently, I usually do a mix of several — watercolors and acrylics being premier among others.

Estela Cuadro, Odisea por Siberia #painting

Odisea por Siberia

What have you found to be the most successful way(s) to market your art? Do you have any tips to share?

I think that artists need to show their original work. Art is interesting to see, and sharing it generates new ideas and interpretations. There are a lot of talented unknown artists, and I think that they need to find ways to show their work. There are many ways including websites, fan pages, emails, interviews, etc. Although versions of artworks may be spread throughout numerous different websites, digital versions never hold the value of the original. The technical, textural, and physical dimensions of an original work is draws people into it. There’s no comparison whatsoever of an original to a copy. Anyone who understands or admires art seeks the original artwork itself, not a print. For this reason, I don’t think it’s bad for a piece of art to be spread throughout the web. The idea is to be able show what every artist does — to put oneself out there to be seen — without losing the value of physical art.

Estela Cuadro, Nevado #painting


What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

I enjoy so many things. It is always a pleasure to do art. I don’t think I can live without paint.

Estela Cuadro, Medusas #painting


What piece of advice would you give other women who are pursuing careers in art?

Art is really pleasant, and every day I enjoy my profession more. Art allows you to open your intuition, creativity, and imagination just as much in life as on the canvas itself. It is valuable to be able to live this way. And it makes me specifically very happy.

Estela Cuadro, vida en el desierto #painting

Vida en el Desierto

Estela Cuadro, aves tropicales #painting

Aves Tropicales

Estela Cuadro, alucinógeno #painting

Alucinógeno 4

Argentinian artist Estela Cuadro in her studio


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