A young adventurer, full of life and art - Christián Gold

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Christián Gold studied at the art atelier of Graphic Design at the Art Faculty of the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Aussig, in the Czech Republic. Gold has already exhibited his posters in Warsaw, Prague, Aussig, as well in Serbia, and Mexico City . His fisrt exhibition on Madeira was in August , 2017. Gold utilizes and is informed by, although not exclusively, cultural material surrounding his emersion in ''surfer'' sub-culture of which he is an active member. This gives his collection the benefit of certain qualities of ''street art''.

Gold specificially chose the medium of wood for his collection for Madeira as a nod to local traditions, and also as part of an experiment - how to make the medium of graphic design more attractive and accesible to clients used to the environment of the commercial art gallery , in an era when graphic design has become an almost exclusively digitalized process, thus undervaluing the printed form. Hence Gold experimented with chemical transfer on plywood to create this collection presented here today, and one of only a handful of proponents willing to tackle the problems of attempting formats larger than A3. The result is actually a mix of several techniques including: sand-colours, spray, glue, acrylic, and water-based markers.

Christián: I found myself more creative very soon in my life than I can remember. As a child, I started making my own sacred fantasy where I was for many hours every day. Sometimes just a small thing that happened, for example, I saw a situation or heard a song created a stimulus for my imagination and I could think of a whole story about it. I think it was because when I was a small child, my parents were too cautious and they did not let me travel alone to school by public transport or go far to play with other children. By the time I was 14, my freedom was very limited. And I hated it, because my natural characteristic is to enjoy adventures and I like to do it alone. So, I think this is why I started creating my own worlds where I spent all those childhood years.

Christián: When I was 14, my world was spinned 360 degrees. Because my parents divorced, my father disappeared, and my mother lost control. So, from almost any freedom, I become 100% free, so I started to meet people a lot.. Drink and go to parties ... But at that moment I was so confident in my Imagination that I was automatically connected to the middle of those worlds, from my inner world to a real world. Of course, I went to Art high school, and later to the University of Arts. Here I have learned how to think more effectively and also to use my hands and head to bring things from my fantasy world to canvas or wood ...

Christián: At school I did draw like they told me so. But I also felt I was losing the natural "animal" creative part of myself. So when I ended up with my friend from France, who came up with the idea of making a living by selling art, I decided to be more of a caveman artist than a university perfectionist, because that more real. I think I can give more energy and also leave a mark from myself.

Christián: I do not think I am someone who has a message to give. Every piece of my work is different, and sometimes there is no message from me, just as this world has summers and winters, also in my worlds times changing, and my pictures show what is happening there now. Therefore, I can not answer this question. If I had to, I would say that I support other people to try to use their inner worlds more, because if you do not use it, you will lose it.

Christián: For the art of Madeira, I think it is very international, because there are a lot of people like me who came there, found inspiration there (I heard legends about the energy of the mystery that the Islands awaken in people). It is like a bay of art, where you have art from many cultures, souls inspired by a beautiful place. This is why I would like to get art there.

Christián: I have no idols. When I draw people, I'm very similar to Egon Schiele, at the University, a girl told me that in drawing classes, it took me a year to look at the books and I found out she's right. But I did not worked with it more deep, for me it is just a coincidence. Later on the streets, I wanted to do something that is good and different from graffiti, so I painted a pictures, I wanted to do it rare and very easy to remember. And one could say that he is very similar to the Basquiat. and it is true, but I am not influenced by it. I'm just someone who is similar. The Basquiat was not the first, in ancient Rome there were a similar graffiti with this style. It’s just style. I have made a few works in the same motives and colors as the Basquiat just to prove that my style is different, but people just saw it as "Well he is definitely influenced by the Basquiat“, so it was a bad idea, but I do not mind. it's okay for people to think this. There are so many artists in the past, whatever style you have, someone else has already had it. This is a fact. The best way is not to change it, but to improve it to push it to another level. And than someone new will come and take what you push and push more in the future. This is a good system.

Christián: For me as an artist I really hope I can make enough money with my art so I can afford to push it to another level. So much for the future in art for me is its evolution and independence.

Christián: Well, Benjamin is a very creative and kind person. He has always motivated the people around him, and to me he's like my older brother, who actually pushed me on my first outing in Funchal and he was my mentor in Art Politics in the beginning. He has experience in both street art and gallery art. He knows good places for street art. For me it was a great help, because on the street it is always good to be with the locals. Madeira police are not the best if they catch you paint on the street. So if I explained to you what Mr. Begin means to me, I believe it is also a clear answer why I worked with him. It was a game of Dadaism for us. And that was not the last cooperation between us.



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