Name: Lautaro Saavedra
Country represented: Spain
Personal web site: www.projectsio.com
1st Award Sculpture – X Florence Biennale 2015
Lautaro lives and works in Barcelona (Spain) as well as in Pietrasanta (Italy). As a sculptor he favours noble materials such as marble and bronze. He has mastered the ancient technique of lost-was casting, with which he creates exclusive, unrepeatable artworks. Lautaro keeps no moulds for the reproduction of his pieces in order to ensure the uniqueness of each of his creations. His symbolic universe is reminiscent of Greek and Egyptian art while giving breath of life to the vanguards of the twenty-first century. Perfecting detailed anatomical rendering, Lautaro combines the forms of a human body with animal heads in a style that features unusual shapes and texture. His hybrid anthropomorphic beings represent the tragic, hilarious, and ironical sides of life. Each sculpture embodies the temperament of Lautaro, and his nature balancing passion, impulse, and reflection.
What is your notion of art, and how do interpret that idea as an artist?
To me art is not a notion, but rather my own way of living. I have experienced art ever since as something natural in everyday life. I developed my technique after training with great masters of sculpture in Italy.
Please tell us about your sources of inspiration, your reference models.
My sources of inspiration come from ancient culture – Greek mythology, fables and anthropomorphic forms. I also look at artists such as Brancusi, Chillida, Plensa, and Paul Thek.
What characterises your artistic research from a formal or aesthetic point of view?
Form and aesthetics are linked in my work. While combining human anatomy and animal heads, like some creatures from Greek mythology and ancient art, my sculptures also convey a contemporary message.
What characterises your artistic production as far as materials and techniques, or media are concerned?
I like working only with bronze or marble. My earliest pieces were made of bronze: I like that material for its strength, its nuances, and its sense of eternity.
How was your experience at the Florence Biennale?
My experience at the Biennale was fantastic, I met people from around the world who lived art in different ways, including artists, curators, jury members, and more. I found it very interesting to exchange the different views we have on art.