Tola Navarro, born in 1984 in Caracas, Venezuela, is the grandson of a sculptor and the son of a Chilean poet. He has a degree in Architecture with a minor in Art History from the Universidad del Desarrollo. He worked in the offices of recognized architect, Cazú Zegers and in the real estate project Varanda 7 with the prestigious architect Emilio Arancibia. In 2016 and 2018 he participated in contemporary art research residencies in Lima and Sao Paulo respectively. Tola has exhibited at Galería Arte Espacio, ArtStgo and Faxxi. In 2019 he was invited to a residency in Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo, and in 2020, after his father passed away, he decided to build a permanent workshop in Batuco, Chile.
What inspires your artwork?
My grandad once told me "You just have to see, beauty is everywhere." My work comes from a need to search for beauty in everyday stuff. In studying Architecture, some concepts really stayed with me; first the concept that a building must "belong" to a specific site, buildings must be part of and have a relationship with their environment. I search for materials that are common in construction sites. In architecture, light is everything, space is constructed by light, so I try to find the light or shadows that make up spaces.
How do you describe your artistic style?
Painting with light
How do you want your artwork to make people feel?
Connected and intrigued
If you were not an artist, what would you want to do?
Cook, i really love cooking.
What do you like to listen to while you create?
Podcast and audiobooks
What do you do when you want to feel creative?
Work....Inspiration must find you working.
Who is your dream collector for your art?
How do you define Fine Art?
If science is the search for knowledge, art is the search for beauty.