Five questions to Fabio Dourone

Five questions to Fabio Dourone

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