Jorge Regueira (1962) He is a visual artist of Galician origin living in Madrid. He is known for being a self-taught and original artist. Initially graduated in advertising, Regueira is a multifaceted creator, with experience in art direction, literature and calligraphy, the latter being the one that made him most recognized.
As expressed in an interview for a blog, advertising was the first major activity in which Jorge Regueira specialized in and which had a great influence on his artistic path: "being creative in advertising teaches you to be restless, to be curious, to question the way in which certain things are told in order to try to tell them in another way, looking for new discourses, looking for the most important and essential, the concept…”
For Regueira, being an artist and creative advertising are similar activities in their execution, but with radically different objectives. In general, it could be said that the final purpose of advertising is the sale of a certain product, while art is concerned with finding, through different supports and materials, a form of personal expression. The combination that is produced between the two constantly creates a hybrid result.
Art as language: the vision of Jorge Regueira
Like many other artists, sprinkler understands Art as a language, another communicative tool. It is often said that "an image is worth a thousand words", and this is often true, but what happens when we include a text in a plastic work as part of the composition?
Conceptual art, which usually gives more importance to the idea behind the work than its material result, is characterized by often presenting a simple text hanging on the wall. We have already seen it in Joseph Kosuth's Art as an Idea, or in Lawrence Reiner's Bits&Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole.
the work of Jorge Regueira, which as already mentioned includes text, is in principle conceptual art, although the aesthetic result is important: the text is not only the vehicle for an idea, it is also beautiful in itself and integrates with the rest of the composition.
Jorge Regueira expresses it in the following way: "I am a plastic artist, a painter who uses the written line on the pictures, like any other brushstroke".
It is, in short, the caretaker of a calligrapher's work: he is an artist of the written word.
Calligraphy is the art of "beautiful writing", it requires meticulous attention to the elaboration of the letters. Generally, calligraphers like Jorge Regueira develop a unique and genuine style over time.
As a hobby or artistic activity, it is not something new, as calligraphy has been used in Chinese culture for thousands of years. In Japan it is an especially celebrated art called “shodo”, considering it to be an area more closely linked to Zen Buddhism.
With this Zen brushstroke, Jorge Regueira he decorates and complements his works in a very elegant way, using the ink from his pens and brushes, tools he makes himself with leftover organic materials. Another reflection of the self-taught and free spirit of the author.
But the artist's calligraphy goes further and explores the gesture through lively and carefree strokes of the formal aspect of the letters. He forgets any utilitarian function and "uses paints in expressiveness and text". The artist explains that gestural calligraphy draws from currents such as Abstract Expressionism, and this, in turn, from the Japanese school of calligraphy from the interwar period. Yet another example of how the vanguards complement and influence each other.
For all these reasons, the traits of Jorge Regueira they are full of contrasts, freedom, rhythm and feeling, and their resemblance to abstract painting leads him to consider himself another painter who used written lines in his works, rather than the other way around.
Acrylic and monochrome paintAs we are seeing, art offers several expressive possibilities both in its conceptualization and in its materialization. And color is another central element in any work of art, both in excess and in absence. The latter is the case of Regueira.
No artist including Jorge Regueira, makes a banal selection of colors in his palettes: "the contrasts produced by the same color in different gradations when overlapping different elements of the work are of interest", he reveals.
The Galician also expresses in other interviews that monochromatic or bichromatic use is not a matter of preference, certainly not conscious, "it's what comes out of the inside, and for that very reason, what you do most naturally, the terrain in which you best excel moves".
Jorge Regueira admits that the Chinese technique of sumi-e, which later arrived in Japan, also has influence, in which black is used as the only pigment that produces a paint that, diluted in a certain amount of water, produces really surprising effects. With the personal style that defines him, Regueira uses in this case the combination of acrylic and paint to bring his works to life.
Jorge Regueira as an explorer of possibilities
When a hobby becomes a job, passion becomes the hallmark of the house. Regueira is a tireless explorer of possibilities, curious about the potential of art and illustration. And of course, an insatiable reader.
His works are a faithful reflection of his preferences: in Mar de Aral, False equidistance, Zarathustra, Kilimanjaro or Ósmosis his philosophical search for perspectives and poetic sensitivity are evident.
Perhaps, it all started when I wrote short stories and short stories for personal satisfaction, before focusing on the more visual side of artistic production.
Featured exhibitions from Jorge RegueiraAfter his first steps as an advertising copywriter, Jorge Regueira paved the way in the world of art, participating in several exhibitions and conquering space in the agendas of art galleries.
To mention just a few, he highlights the VI calligraphy exhibition in Moscow, where Jorge Regueira used Lorca in his works "Terra incógnita", "La Aurora" and "Cosido con palabras". great protagonist ", according to himself. Regueira was the only Spanish artist in this exhibition.
Other essential works by Jorge Regueira are those carried out in Madrid: “Polysemias” at the Pons Foundation; "Sentidos y sentimentos" by Hesperia Madrid; "Trazos vivo" at Eurobuilding; "Poesia wasted and 6 free verses" at Est_Art Space by Alcobendas or "Paisajes imbuídos" for Hybrid Festival.
There are several relevant galleries that have hosted works by Jorge Regueira: Xerión in A Coruña and the Kreisler Art y Flecha online galleries, not forgetting to mention the collection of his works from the Pons Foundation art fund, on Calle Serrano in Madrid.