Five questions to Ana Lucía Sandoval

Five questions to Ana Lucía Sandoval

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Ana Lucía Sandoval is a Mexican artist. Born in Guadalajara Jalisco in 1979 she lives and works in Morelia, Michoacán. Her passion for art led her to France, where she graduated in Art and Design in Visual Communication in 2003.Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?

Since I was a child I have always been in the world of the arts from ballet dancing, photography, painting and sculpture, it was when I met the artist Alfredo Zalce to take some painting courses that I realized that art could be my way of living life. It wasn't until 1998 that I had the chance to study applied arts in France. I was passionate about the idea of ​​exploring how many things and ways art could be applied, so I found a collective and I started creating from graphic design, graffiti, video art and painting. From there I went into the world of events as a creative director and producer of design furniture. In 2020 it was the pandemic that allowed me to focus on painting and since then I have dedicated most of my time building a series that I call “rhythms of Silence”.

I have always had this need to create, to know what I have to give. In that search, every kind of art where I can express what I have in the subconscious has always caught my attention. For now it is in abstract painting where I develop most; somehow it has become almost an obsession.

When you create a new work, how do you go about it? What comes first?

Painting for me is emptying myself of all ideas of what I am going to do, I simply relax, observe and let myself be carried away by the colors, the movements, the brushes, the textures, I let myself experiment, once the base has been created most of the time there is already a topic that has been presented.

The concept comes to me as I paint the background and through lines that I draw it is embodied by the rhythm that I find in the silence, manifesting a vibration that comes through in the work.What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it influence the way you work?

My studio is my happy place, I have been remodeling it at times, over the years it has become my experiment laboratory.

I own a collection of recovered furniture and objects, crafts, books and strange things that I find on trips or wanderings, it is special for me because is where I experiment with materials, textures, and at the same time it’s a cozy place. Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you? 

There are endless works and artists that have surely impressed me, especially those that I don't understand how they came to build them or make them happen.

Mark Rothko was undoubtedly the artist who really impressed me. His art seemed so pure and at the same time complex, in a certain way I recognized that spiritual part.

Reach to the stars: where will you be in 5 years?

So far it has been much better than anything I could have imagined... I prefer to stay present, be alert to what is coming, the people, the galleries, the experiences, it seems that everything is falling into place perfectly, I am sure it will continue to be that way and I prefer to see how magic unfolds.Learn more about the artist: