• Raquel Yunta

THE STAGES OF MY CAREER AS AN ARTIST – PART 2

Second of a series of articles on the different stages of my career as an artist. A glimpse into my early paintings (2003 – 2006)


People looking at my early paintings. Raquel Yunta © 2021. Florence
People looking at my early paintings. Raquel Yunta © 2021. Florence

Paintings on image above from left to right:

– Rosa. Collage (paper, wall paint, acrylics, chalk) on wood. Spain 2004.

– 1000. Oil on canvas. 50x60 cm. Spain 2004.

– Familia. Oil on canvas. 60x90 cm. Spain 2004

– Amarillo. Mix (Oil, Chalk) on canvas. 80x100 cm. Spain 2004. (Sold)


Spontaneous creations, busy compositions, aggressive use and mix of colors, little or no frontiers between shapes. Rapid brushstrokes. Red, pink, yellow, green, oils, acrylics, wall paint, anything goes in these adventurous compositions.


My early paintings… What can I say? I don’t want to influence your interpretation of the single pieces. But I can write a few words about the subject matter, the state of the paintings, and the place where I started to paint.


Remember that art is supposed to be experienced by you!

I was living in Florence when I started painting with oil paints (2001). I bought a huge canvas, a couple of colors, a cheap big brush and I let my imagination run free. In 2003, I was ready to enter art competitions, so I gave it a try. Entering art competitions didn’t boost my confidence, they were only useful to build a resume showing to the world and most of all to myself that I was serious about being an artist. In 2004, I moved to Spain and opened my own art studio. My first solo exhibition took place at the Camara de Comercio of Cuenca in 2006.


Searching for my artistic style


Brush strokes are spontaneous and inhibited. I was probably searching for my voice and artistic style, as well as exploring techniques and the different possibilities of the canvas. The use of sinuous curvy and flowing lines to depict female forms has been kept over the years.


Nudity


Woman figures display twisted poses, they are undressed, abstract and distorted. Nudity is implied, just the shapes suggest the existence of the undressed figures. Paintings from this period capture modest poses of women.


State of paintings


Most of the paintings from this period are still available. Please note that many of them have suffered some damage mostly due to:

  • Poor storage conditions, and transportation: I’ve relocated many times over the years from country to country, within the same country, within the same city, and I have changed Art Studio/Space like a thousand times, so my paintings have suffered stress due to changes in environmental humidity and temperature. Some works have stains on the back.


  • Careless handling: Most people don’t know how to handle art, so after an exhibition, sometimes my works are damaged. Not only when displaying my works in bars, restaurants, cafés and music festivals, but also (surprisingly) when displaying the works in Art Galleries. Displaying art in alternative venues is common for artists when starting out, and it has advantages and disadvantages. I sold quite a lot of paintings in these venues, which is great. But, staff in these alternative places are not expert art-handlers, so some of the works were damaged, scratched, or dimpled.


  • I have some Hulk-periods in which I destroy my works, so many paintings and sculptures from the early years have been thrown away, abandoned or given away.


You can’t find them on the web!

If you are interested in looking at and/or purchasing the paintings I created from 2004-06 ask for an appointment to come and visit them here in Florence (please note that visits depend on pandemic situation). You can also ask me to send you a PDF with a selection of the paintings, but seeing the works on your computer screen is not the same as seeing the works in person.


Feel free to contact me, I’ll be happy to give you an appointment if you are in Florence, or to send you a PDF with the works details.


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!

Ciao!

Raquel Yunta



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