By Ana Mengotti I
Miami, (EFE).- The Chilean Dasic Fernández does not forget his street art origins and that is why he puts a touch of spray paint on his paintings, such as those in his first solo exhibition in the United States, among which there is the one created to support Chile has a constitution that was not born in “a dictatorship”.
“I’m still a little in shock,” he told Efe at the Goldman Global Art (GGA) gallery in Miami, where his exhibition opens this Thursday, referring to the victory of the “no” vote during the recent plebiscite to which the proposal for a new Magna Carta that supported the government of President Gabriel Boric.
One of the more than 20 works in the exhibition, “The Lightness of Being”, stands out for the lightness of being in Spanish, its vibrant colors and the prominence of the human figure. Fernández, 36, did it “to put on canvas” an illustration, later transformed into animation, with which he took part in the campaign to encourage Chileans to vote “yes”.
Hoping for a change
This internationally renowned urban artist, who transformed the Paseo Bandera of his native Santiago with a 3D installation and the Saudi desert with “El Reloj de los Tiempos”, says he has thought “a lot” about the 62% of “no” that gave the September 4 consultation.
A “very positive” person, he remains “hopeful” that the process ends in the “best way” and that the idea that “a new constitution can be written” triumphs.
“That we do not continue to be governed by the current Constitution, which comes directly from the dictatorship (led by Augusto Pinochet)”, he underlines.
But it is not politics that interests Dasic the most, but art, in which he has evolved since the age of 14, first as a graffiti artist in Santiago looking for where to paint and then, since 2009, in New York by painting murals, this time courtesy of different institutions and communities.
For art, he left his architecture studies in the fifth year. “I needed full time”, he underlines in the interview carried out at the GGA gallery, located within the walls of the famous urban art museum known as “Wynwood Walls”, on the walls of which he painted for the first time in 2016.
One of his murals, from 2019, was saved from the renovation that is done from time to time to give new artists the opportunity to exhibit in this open-air museum.
The art of Dasik
“My idea and my goal is people-focused, people-focused. In the potential, the abilities and especially the feelings that I think we share… Trying to reflect these feelings in an image is the basis of my work”.
Nature says it’s one more element in the composition, because she “likes to see life being part of nature”.
However, the figure of the hummingbird is repeated, because he likes them and he sees a lot of them in the place where he has his house in Santiago, but also because he is inspired by the fact that it is the only bird that “can fly in reverse, but you have to”. look straight ahead.”
For Fernández, the hummingbird holds a lesson: you can visit the past but still look to the future.
The artist, who now lives halfway between the United States and Chile, where everything is “slower” and has time to “put his feet on the ground” and reflect on his art, says his transformation as a painter on canvas and brush was made by “necessity”.
“I lived in a very small place where I wanted to paint (spray) on fabric, on canvas and I didn’t have the space to do it. So I was forced to use a paintbrush,” he says, while showing in the works he now exhibits in Miami the touches of spray he makes to give them a different effect and not to forget.
The color of his paintings is the same as that of the murals. Vibrant colors that cover the pieces that make up their human figures and give them a multicolored appearance, similar to that of harlequin costumes.
“I started painting with colors because, well, while painting in the street, I realized that one of the most important things is to get attention, how we have to compete with publicity and with many things. That’s why I focused on the human figure and the colors, because it’s a way to attract attention and once you have people’s attention, you can get the message across. he says.
At 36, when he thinks about his future, he sees no other world than the artistic world and what hurts him the most is injustice in all its forms, including the lack of opportunities.
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