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Every Monday and Friday we take you behind the scenes peak into people, places and things that inspire us. This week we introduce you to my buddy Manu Campa.
Manu is a painter born in Madrid in 1983. He graduated in Fine Arts in 2008 from the UCM. During his career it was the aesthetics of everyday life that began to attract his attention. Based on this inspirations of the every day object he began working on painting figuratively and realistically.
From 2010 he has been basing his work on some of his great passions. First was animal portraiture, then came the bicycles his favorite means of transportation to get around the city, then came the urban landscape using his neighborhood Malasaña as inspo and finally classic automobiles.
Classic cars have since become and remained the theme of his work. The reflections and brightness of each painting being his particular hallmark.
His style is something pop, realistic (without the “hyper”) and figurative. He has exhibited his work in cities such as Miami, Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Oxford, Lisbon or Biarritz and has collaborated with brands such as Porsche, Mini, Petrolicious, Kia, Huawei, Coca-Cola and Dunlop.
I sat down with Manu via good old Zooooooomm and asked him a couple fun questions giving us insight to this cool cats mind!
Michou: Do you collect cars?
Michou: Why do you paint the Porsche more than other classic cars?
Manu In Action Painting
Michou: Do people resonate more with cars more than the animals and bicycles?
Manu: For a classic car aficionado the feeling towards their cars is very very strong. Its similar in the bicycle world, but with the cars there is just a lot more to go for: American classics, European, 60s, 30s, you name it. There is so many nitches into one big nitch that you can go learning and developing your own taste for decades.
Michou: Is there a certain technical painting process you use to get the paintings to look classic yet modern at the same time?
Manu: I think Im old school in the way I paint, but the objects portrayed make the painting look more modern, more pop. I try to go very pure, very visceral in the paintings, so the brushes are very obvious from a close up. But if you walk back the experience changes your perspective and you then see a realistic work, much more realistic.
Michou: I feel your paintings evoke a warm depth and soul. Do you do custom?
Manu: Yes, I work commissioned most 50% of the time. Most collector that buy my paintings also collect cars, so they are very specific in their own tastes. I then produce what they need according to my own taste. Its a great way to work and this way I meet a lot of interesting people and friends worldwide.
We toast Manu's work of classic cars in our classic Thomas Fuchs Barware !