Saturdays Artists Series part II: Antonio García Villarán

Antonio García Villarán: El autor del concepto Hamparte.

Antonio is also a YouTuber whose channels, he has two, have helped me understand many things and have been a source of inspiration and entertainment for a few years. One of the things I discovered watching and listening to Antonio was that I was not alone in thinking that the work of Joan Miró was ridiculously simple, nonsensical and useless. That Dalí is a second rate painter whose work says absolutely nothing. That most of the art world has turned into the Art Business and that the works of talent-less artists are being sold for millions just so that their investors do not lose the millions they’ve invested. And I am talking about Banksi, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons among others…

This artist, born in Andalucia, (Aznalcázar, Sevilla), Spain, on the 11th of July 1976, has a doctorate in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Sevilla, specialising in painting and sculpture. He also taught at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla.

One of the things I really admire about Villarán is that he tells it to you straight. His words have the weight of his academic training as well as the practical experience he has gained while exercising his craft since the age of thirteen. Therefore I believe he has the intuition and the training to become what he is, a great artist. Antonio believes that art is valued for its aesthetics and art should be aesthetic, not conceptual or discursive and I strongly agree.

His book El arte de no tener talento (“The Art of Having no Talent”) has become a best seller. I strongly recommend it. As I recommend his YouTube channels and his online classes.

Here is the companion post with the work of Antonio García Villarán. One of the things you will notice is that there are a lot of self-portraits. Antonio explains that he does not do this because of narcisism or vanity but because self-portraits are a way to learn more about yourself and a record of how you’ve grown and developed as a human being and an artist. What do you think?

Please give this short photo montage video a like, and if you’re willing, subscribe to our YouTube channel, I will greatly appreciate it. And, as always, tell me what you think of this artist, his points of view, of his art work. Let us chat about this. Let us continue the debate on art and how it affects your world…

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CHEERS!

12 comments

  1. Sheree · 4 Days Ago

    Thanks so much for introducing me to artists I’d not previously known about.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 4 Days Ago

      I am so glad to hear that Sheree, it is my pleasure and thank you for your support. All the best,
      F.

      • Sheree · 4 Days Ago

        You’re so very welcome

  2. azurea20 · 4 Days Ago

    No entiendo mucho de arte, pero pienso que es mundo corrompido y comprado, por qué quién dice: esto es arte, esto es bueno y esto es malo. Un mundo que siempre me ha resultado sospechoso. Un saludo.

  3. spwilcen · 4 Days Ago

    That (as you have remarked to me before) is what makes art special, that is speaks to everyone differently, intimately. We agree and disagree here however. While Dali is not my favorite, I find his work entertaining, amusing, and intriguing. Over the edge? Surely now and again, then so was the man himself. So are you. And I. We are art called people. Respectful of Senor Villaran’s talent, and in spite of his protestations, I feel there may be a bit of narcissism there to be reckoned with. Your musical accompaniment was again delightful and very fitting. Gracias.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 4 Days Ago

      Thank you Sir! As always I appreciate your insight and your replies, they always give me something to think about and your points are always very clear, well made and of course, well taken. I do find many of Dali’s works to be entertaining and he was certainly amusing. I also find him a very good writer, very humorous and witty, I would say a better writer than painter. The reason I don’t really put too much serious attention on Dali’s work is because it has been discovered that much of it could be the result of forgery, planned or not. When Dali was in his seventies he signed many blank canvases and papers and most of this information came from one of the forgers himself. I will find you the exact reference and the book this man wrote. Another thing is that Dali had more than 600 signatures, so it was very easy to copy and create your own Dali. And another thing is that he had assistants painting for him in his studio. So in the end, who really knows what is a “real” Dali or not? I also ask, when did he have time to paint, bloody hell, he was everywhere and doing everything! Those are some of the reasons, my friend, why I am not too interested in Dali. Take good care, enjoy a lovely weekend, here the weather is autumn and quite crisp, fresh and beautiful. Hope your weather is as nice.
      All the best,
      Francisco

      • spwilcen · 4 Days Ago

        Such a wonderful exchange. I learn so much. These bits of history behind/around Dali I did not know. Interesting. Assistants? Did not all the artists of old have such? No matter, I’ll not fancy I love a painting so that I must own what should be properly shared. My money – what there is of it, is safe from such extravagance.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 4 Days Ago

        A wise man indeed! And yes, you are right, the masters of old had many assistants and the ones of today as well, but…then how do you know who painted what?
        Cheers my friend, it is wine time here in Spain,
        F.

      • spwilcen · 4 Days Ago

        Salud!

  4. Brad Osborne · 4 Days Ago

    I would agree with a few here. I do believe that his continued return to self-portraiture seems a bit egotistical. How he sees the world around himself and his interpretation of that world would be much more revealing than the stylized images he holds of himself at any given moment of perceived growth as a person. Subject aside, his technique and composition are to be praised!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 4 Days Ago

      Yes, I agree with that completely. I think that you should not have to explain why you’ve so many self-portraits. Picasso painted himself many times along his long career, but he never felt compelled to explain them. I find Villaran’s technique excellent, but I do not find much spirit in his work. I can compare him with a dancer whose technique is flawless but that she doesn’t project anything to the audience, it would be like watching a robot execute precise and perfect dance steps. But I do think of him as a better teacher than artist. Thank you always my friend, and later, if you can, tell me what you think of Braque. All the best,
      F.

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