Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

By Ana Mengotti I

Miami, (EFE).- Chilean artist Dasik Fernandez does not forget his street art roots and that is why he puts a touch of spray paint in his paintings, such as his first solo exhibition in the United States, which includes a constitution created to support Chile “a Dictatorship” was not born.

“I’m still a bit shocked,” he told Ife at the Goldman Global Art (GGA) gallery in Miami, where his exhibition opens this Thursday, while talking about the “No” victory in the recent referendum on a new Magna Carta that supported the government of President Gabriel Boric.

One of more than 20 works in the exhibition, “The Lightness of Being”, stands out for the lightness of being in Spanish, its vivid colors and the prominence of the human figure. Fernandez, 36, created an image to “put it on canvas”, later converted into animation, with which he participated in a campaign to encourage Chileans to vote “yes”.

Hoping for change

A view of a mural by Chilean artist Dasic Fernandez at the Wynwood Walls Open-Air Urban Art Museum in Miami, Florida (USA). EFE/Ana Mengotti

The internationally renowned urban artist, who has transformed the Saudi Arabian desert with 3D installations Paseo Bandera in his hometown of Santiago and “El Reloj de los Tiempos,” said he thought “a lot” with 62% of the “noes” of the September 4 consultation.

As a “very positive” person, he remains “optimistic” that the process ends “in the best possible way” and that the idea that “a new constitution can be written” prevails.

“We do not continue to be governed by the current constitution, which comes directly from the dictator (led by Augusto Pinochet),” he stressed.

But it is not politics that interests Dasik the most, but art, where he has been looking for where to paint since the age of 14, first as a graffiti artist in Santiago and then, since 2009, in painting murals in New York, this time with the permission of various institutions and communities. .

For art, he gave up his architectural studies in the fifth year. “I needed full time,” he emphasized in an interview conducted at the GGA Gallery, located on the grounds of the famous urban art museum known as the “Wynwood Walls,” on whose walls he painted for the first time in 2016.

One of his murals, from 2019, was saved from periodic renovations to allow new artists to exhibit in this open-air museum.

The maid’s art

Chilean artist Dasik Fernandez poses during an interview with If. EFE/Ana Mengotti

“My idea and my focus is on people, on people. In possibilities, abilities and especially feelings that I think we share… Trying to reflect these feelings in a picture is the basis of my work».

Nature says it is another element in the composition, as it “likes to see life become part of nature”.

However, the image of the hummingbird is repeated, not only because he likes them and sees many of them in Santiago where he has a home, but also because he is inspired by the fact that it is the only bird that “can fly”. Looking ahead.”

For Fernandez, there is a lesson in hummingbirds: You can go to the past but always look to the future.

The artist, who now lives halfway between the United States and Chile, where everything “slows down” and has time to “get on the ground” and think about his art, says that his transition to canvas painter and brush was « necessity ».

“I lived in a very small space where I wanted to paint (with spray) on fabric, canvas, and I didn’t have the space to do it. So I was forced to use a brush,” he says, showing the spray touches he now exhibits in Miami. Time he can give them a different effect and do not forget

The colors of his paintings are similar to the murals. Vibrant colors cover the pieces that make up their human figures and give them a multicolored look, like a harlequin dress.

«I started painting with colors because, well, painting on the street I realized that one of the most important things is to attract attention, how we have to compete against advertising and many things. That’s why I focused on human figures and colors, because it’s a way to get attention and once you get your attention, we can keep the message,” he says.

At 36, when he thinks about his future, he sees no other world than the artistic world and what hurts him the most is all kinds of injustice, including lack of opportunities.

Web version: Juanque Ochoa

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