Five questions to Luz Martin Ballester

Five questions to Luz Martin Ballester

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Luz Martin Ballester was born in 1965 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) but she lives and works in Madrid. Although she attended to art studies, her training in painting is mainly autodidactic. Her main interests are contemporary abstract art and using different techniques, textures and materials.Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?

Since my earliest memories, I have always been attracted to drawing and painting. As a child, I would immerse myself in colours, tirelessly experimenting with combinations and interpreting the world around me in my unique artistic language.

I was lucky that a good friend of my family was a renowned painter, and I remember going to his studio and watch him painting, fascinated by how he created his pieces of art. Sometimes he would give me a canvas for me to draw on, and he would always repeat to me that I should dedicate myself to art, as he saw a special talent in me. His encouraging words lingered in my mind, and somehow contributed to my growing passion for painting.

That feeling was always there, waiting to emerge, but it was not until several years later that I made the pivotal decision to fully immerse myself in painting, unleashing the love for art that had been quietly maturing within me.

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

It depends on the moment. There are times when, from the beginning, I have a clear idea of what I want to do and just I go for it. On the other hand, there are other times when I start trying colours, strokes, and different materials, without knowing having a clear path, until suddenly everything takes shape and makes sense. These moments of revelation, when the piece emerges as if concealed within the canvas, are the most gratifying. It's as if the artwork has been patiently waiting for me to coax it into existence.What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it influence the way you work?

I am very fortunate to have a magnificent workplace, that is quiet, spacious, and bathed in natural light. Here, I disconnect from the world and find solace, a therapeutic space where inspiration flows freely. My studio fosters the tranquillity and concentration essential for the creative process. When I'm immersed in my work time flies by until someone from my family, who are always close by, comes looking for me.Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you? 

Despite specializing in abstract and contemporary art, my appreciation extends to classical masterpieces. Residing in Madrid I have had the opportunity to visit the Prado Museum on numerous occasions. To name a few of the painters whose work has caught my attention, I could highlight classical artists like Velazquez and Murillo, or impressionist painters like Degas.

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

In the coming five years I envision myself continuing to paint and create, embracing new techniques and ideas and, maybe, sharing my creations on a global stage through exhibitions. Having discovered my true calling, I am determined to pursue it and keep sharing my art as long as I can.Learn more about the artist: