There are delicate washes of colour and rich layers of ink in Estela A. Cuadro’s work. The fine lines and bleeds build up her drawings that are powerful in their decoration and detail. We like the overall effect of a sometimes pretty, sometime dark fairytale.
Based in Argentina, Estela likes to experiment in her work, preferring to work instinctively. You can see how her experimentation supports her work in a style that embraces happy accidents and is as much about how the materials move by themselves as how they are guided by pen or brush. She tells us more.
I am Estela Cuadro. I was born in 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I am living nowadays. I find it difficult to say something about myself because I think that there are so many things I like that I do not know where to start.
One of the things that inspire me is music. It always transposes me and my sensory parts, takes me to an inside world, introspectively. It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me. It constantly leads me to paint many of my paintings and I feel pleasure in that. I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It is part of my life.
At present, I am working on unique and illustrative products with a friend, called WUAU! I never imagined making products, so it is a challenge for me. I could join the artistic side with something material. It opens a new horizon, and makes me want to know and learn more about it.
I am proud of the nice people around me, and because of everything I get in my life, along the 33 years I am. That is how I feel today. I am a happy woman, of simple things.
I used a lot of techniques, like pencil, small charcoal, oil. Especially when I was young. Nowadays, I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and get a different result. I use Indian ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the surface. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details.
When I realize a work I do not search for or think about how I am presenting myself. It just happens, from the inside of a person. I think that it is something deeper. Pictures show that side of an artist. I would not like to be tied to one style in particular, like ‘effective’ or ‘sellable’.
I like to flow, let everything happen from my imagination. It does not matter if I am not convinced of my work at first, but I am interested in taking away interesting tools from the painting or learning from it.
© Estela A. Cuadro, 2012