Five questions to Aitor Láupe

Five questions to Aitor Láupe

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Aitor Láupe was born 1972 in Vitoria -Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain. The work of this painter immerses the spectator in a world of subtlety, he stands out for his skill in the handling of colour through layer after layer of paint, he achieves gradients in the painting that invite the spectator to approach the work and establish a connection between the artist, the work and whoever contemplates it.

Since when do you paint and what are your favourite motives?

Fom an early age, I always felt a great curiosity for painting, I looked for related jobs and specialized as a restorer and later as an architectural muralist, which allowed me to be in constant contact with the handling of colour and to perfect my skills. At the moment, my creative process is directed towards simplicity and subtlety, I am exploring abstract minimalism, seeking to capture the essence in each work and eliminating the superfluous.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first?

In the first step, I create a mental image with a dominant colour, then proceed and meticulously work on the background, applying layers of paint making sure it is carefully executed, in the second phase I incorporate thick strokes that break up the subtlety of the gradient, creating a basic composition that really conveys what I want to express.

From what do you get your motivation?

I keep the unicorn alive.

I am constantly fed back and excited by the process of creation, I am driven by the idea of what can emerge from it, which immerses me in a state of action where I am completely immersed, without distraction, nothing else exists, it is the magic moment in which I paint with passion and dedication.

Your life without art would be...

I would lose an essential part of me and my ability to experience emotions would be compromised.

I would be a completely different version of myself.

What is the best art place in your city at the moment?

The museum of fine arts in Vitoria-Gasteiz is impressive, both for its architecture and its content. Moreover, this city is known as "the painted city" due to the large number of buildings that have murals on their facades, it is quite a spectacle for art lovers.

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