Jorge Regueira - The master of calligraphy

Jorge Regueira - O mestre da caligrafia

Jorge Regueira (1962) He is a plastic artist of Galician origin living in Madrid. He is known for being a self-taught and original artist. Initially trained 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.

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Advertising training

As expressed in an interview for a blog, advertising was the first major activity in which Jorge Regueira specialized and that had a great influence on his artistic trajectory: "being creative in advertising teaches you to be restless, to be curious, to question you the way in which some things are told to try to tell them in another way, to look for new speeches, to look for the most important and essential, the concept…"

For Regueira, being an artist and advertising creative are similar activities in their execution, but with radically different goals. 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 media and materials, a form of personal expression. The conjugation that takes place between the two constantly creates a hybrid result.

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Art as a language: Jorge Regueira's vision

Like many other artists, Regueira understands Art as a language, another communicative tool. It is often said that "a picture is worth a thousand words", and it is often true, but what happens when we include a text as part of the composition in a plastic work?

Conceptual art, which tends to give 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've already seen it in Joseph Kosuth's Art as a Idea, or in Lawrence Reiner's Bits&Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole.

Jorge Regueira's work, which as already mentioned is part of the text, is in principle conceptual art, although the aesthetic result is important: the text is not only the vehicle of 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 line written in paintings, like any other brushstroke".

In short, he is a calligrapher's work caregiver: he is an artist of the written word.

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"Write beautiful"

Calligraphy is the art of "writing beautiful", you want 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 Chinese culture has used calligraphy since ancient times. In Japan it is an especially celebrated art called “shodo”, considering it an area more linked to Zen Buddhism.

With this Zen brushstroke, Jorge Regueira decorates and complements his works in a very elegant way, using the paint from his feathers and brushes, tools that he himself manufactures with the remains of organic materials. Another reflection of the author's self-taught and free spirit.

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 about any utilitarian function and "uses inks 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. Another example of how the vanguards complement and influence each other.

For all this, Jorge Regueira's lines are full of contrasts, freedom, rhythm and feeling, and his similarity to abstract painting leads him to consider himself more of a painter who used the written line in his works, and not the contrary.

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Acrylic and monochrome paint

As we will see, art offers several expressive possibilities both in its conceptualization and in its materialization. And color is another central element in any work of art, either through excess or absence. The latter is the case of Regueira.

No artist, including Jorge Regueira, makes a banal selection of color in his palettes: "the contrasts produced by the same color in different gradations by superimposing itself on 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, and for that same reason, what you do most naturally, the terrain in which you are best moves".

Jorge Regueira admits that the Chinese technique of sumi-e, which later arrived in Japan, also has an influence, in which black is used as the only pigment that produces a paint that, diluted with 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, Falsa equidistance, Zarathustra, Kilimanjaro u Osmosis, the philosophical search for perspectives and poetic sensitivity are evident.

Perhaps, it all started when I was writing short stories and short stories for personal satisfaction, before focusing on the more visual side of artistic production.

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Featured exhibitions by Jorge Regueira

After his first steps as an advertising copywriter, Jorge Regueira has been making his way in the art world, participating in various exhibitions and conquering space in the agendas of art galleries.

To name a few, he highlights the VI calligraphy exhibition in Moscow, where Jorge Regueira turned to Lorca in his works "Terra incógnita" "La Aurora" and "Cosido con palabras". " of the 21 canvases presented, noting the visual universe where " The letter is the great protagonist ", according to him. 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; "Senses and Feelings" by Hesperia Madrid; "Lively Trazos" at Eurobuilding; "Wasted Poetry and 6 Free Verses" in Est_Art Space by Alcobendas or "Imbued Paisajes" for Hybrid Festival.

There are several relevant galleries that hosted works by Jorge Regueira: Xerión in A Coruña and the online galleries Kreisler Art y Flecha, not forgetting to mention the collection of his works from the Pons Foundation art fund, on Calle Serrano de Madrid.

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