• Raquel Yunta


Updated: Mar 27

First of a series of articles on the different stages of my career as an artist. A glimpse into my early drawings (1999- 2006)

Woman looking at my early drawings. Raquel Yunta © 2021. Florence
Woman looking at my early drawings. Raquel Yunta © 2021. Florence

I've recently sold a painting to an art collector who wanted to see what I was creating when I started to paint. He was curious about my past and wanted to know how everything started. I realized that I've never looked back to what I was doing in the early stages of my art career. I went through my early paintings and drawings thinking that offering a glimpse into my evolution as an artist would help my audience to emotionally connect with my work, so I've written a few posts about my early works and my origins that will help you better understand my art practice.

And there you go! Enjoy reading!

When you really like the work of an artist you might want to learn more about him, his past, way of working, origins, background and how he/she started. Collecting this information will help you to build an emotional connection with his work and with the artist behind that art piece you like so much. Getting to know the artist as a real person will enhance your understanding of his or her work, but it may also influence your interpretation of the single pieces. Remember that art is supposed to be experienced by you, the viewer, because if art has to be explained it might lose part of its essence.

Create your own and unique experience with that piece of art you like so much before getting the artist's explanation of it.

How and why the artistic journey started

I loved drawing when I was little, which is nothing special since all children love drawing. My art grades were poor in Middle School and my art teacher told me that perhaps art wasn’t my thing, so I grew up afraid of drawing.

When studying Advertising, design classes were my favorite, still I had to deal with the lack of confidence when drawing/sketching on paper. I completed my degree and I moved to London (1996-99) to further my studies and to do some work experience. One day, an Art director who was looking at my handmade portfolio said “Wow, this looks like a piece of art! I was puzzled by the comment! And the word “art” started to grow in my mind. It wasn’t until I went back to Spain in 1999 that I started to paint. Drawing became a need, something that I couldn’t control, I needed to draw and paint anything anywhere. A few months later I moved to Florence, Italy, where I took some lessons on wood sculpture and art.

Disproportionate figures

My first drawings (displayed in the image above) are mostly faceless, without eyes, nose or mouth. This absence of face features gives the viewer more freedom to interpret and reflect on what the figures are doing. Human bodies are disproportionate and female forms are exaggerated. Movement is expressed through the use of line segments, mostly curved. There is usually some kind of interaction between the figures in the composition of my early works. Most of the drawings depict minimalist female figures that flow beyond the edges of the paper.

Subject and technique

The subject matter has always been women. I felt comfortable using markers on white paper, a technique that I still use. I filled up sketchbooks of drawings every day. On 2000, I was producing like 20-30 drawings per day, some days even more. Some of them went lost, others are stored on the shelves of my house waiting to be showed.

My early drawings can’t be found on the web! So, if you are really interested in looking at and/or purchasing some of my drawings from the 2000-2006 period I will be happy to prepare a pdf with a selection of some of them and send it to you, but please note that looking at a digital reproduction can’t produce the same feelings as seeing the art piece in person.

If you are interested in purchasing one, two, or as many as you want! of my drawings get in contact, or visit SaatchiArt where you'll find my last pieces of art.

I see you in my next post!


Raquel Yunta

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