Fabio Lopez aka Fabio Dourone was born in Madrid, Spain in 1985. He lives and works between Paris and Brussels. He painted his first canvas at age 7, a portait of his mother. At age 14, he started with graffiti and continued to develop his talent as a self-taught artist.How did you get into art?
I'm not exactly sure when I got into art. Since I was a child, I spent many hours simply enjoying drawing in a notebook, but I can tell you the first time I painted a canvas: It was thanks to my uncle who invited me to paint with oils when I was 7 years old. My evolution in art has been continuous. Since then, I have never stopped creating. I went through all the stages that corresponded to my time, such as graffiti, street art, graphic design, fashion... until I found my place, my style where I enjoy and can continue evolving. Now I think I can say that I have arrived at art after so many years of experience, searching, and creating.
How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?
I believe that the style of my work is a combination of many "mistakes." All those "mistakes" plus intuition are what you ultimately call YOUR STYLE. I think that without taking risks, there is no creativity. I describe my style as narrative figuration. I like to explore human behavior, the everyday, and current events through imaginary stories that I convey in my paintings, creating questions or statements for the viewer.
What makes my work special, I believe, is that it invites reflection and interpretation by the viewer.
How do you go about developing your work?
Throughout my journey, I have developed many ways to create my work, but I don't have a magical formula. Sometimes I work from imagination, other times I use photos as references, and sometimes I do a lot of studies, and all methods are valid for me. Each piece has a specific and unique development, starting from the support and ending in the shipping box.
Currently, I like to develop several collections in which I work simultaneously, so they communicate with each other, creating multiple dialogues in one giant story.Who or what influences you?
I am inspired by many things, from my mood to the world around me. I admire many artists, such as Neo Rauch, Claire Tabouret, David Hockney, and Robin Kid.
What are you planning to do next?
This year has been a sabbatical year solely for creating and developing my new works. I am very happy with the results, and I am eager to share them with the world. I don't like to reveal plans too much, but I can say that I am creating a solo show for 2024.Instagram