Philosophy (my) of Art at Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia

(“Toro de Russafa” acrylic on wood, 20x20cm Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

First, art has to be created through talent, or through the talent of the artist. Talent has to be the result of hard work, practice, experimentation, development and constant repetition of intention to do something better, different, harder. We are born with the ability to develop talent but talent is not an inherited trait or a genetic predisposition.

From talent, art surges…

An artist has to vindicate himself or herself with every work he or she does. It is not enough to have a reputation, even a glorious one. Art has to earn its place and it must be real.

In the theatre, we know…and I studied Theatre Arts…that raw emotion is not art.

In painting, and all other forms of visual art, raw emotion is equivalent to creating art without talent, without effort and without intent to communicate. An objet trouvé is not art, no matter who says it is. Even if the greatest artist you can think of comes and says that a found object is art is a charlatan and a untalented buffoon!

So, my philosophy of art is quite simple, art has to be created from hard work, from technique, from study, from intuition and with the need and desire to communicate emotions, messages, information, subterfuge or anything else worth the effort to communicate.

I do not put down artists that think that they are making art by placing a half filled glass of water in a gallery (like what happened in Art Madrid). I am not attacking those that tape a banana to a wall with duct tape, (like in Art Basel Miami Beach). I have no ill will towards those who put a potted plant on a wheelbarrow and push it around saying it is a concept piece. No, I have nothing against those people, I would not call them any denigrating names but I will not call them artists…

So…

For me, art has to be a controlled situation, like an actor working on a role, like a dancer rehearsing a ballet or an opera singer preparing for a performance. All of these artists work hard to develop their talent (that’s first), then sharpen their technique (that’s second) and finally work like hell to make sure that they are giving 100% of their artistic ability when onstage.

The same must be true for an artist that paints.

I hope I was able to express myself clearly enough to make my message understood because in this day and age when the “art business” is interfering drastically with the “art world” many may get confused and believe that a banana is art, that a glass of water is art or an objet trouvé is art and it is not…

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BodoArt at Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia

(“Angela” acrylic on canvas, 75x60cm, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

These are some of my acrylic paitings from the early 2000’s…These were the days of Bodo…meaning that I called my artwork BodoArt. This ended in 2018…now my art bears my signature…which is the same as always…Francisco Bravo Cabrera.

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La Vida es un Círculo, claro y otras cosas…

“La Vida es un Círculo” colección privada, Estambul, foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados

Cuadros de Omnia Caelum Miami, 2003-2008…

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AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement) piano jazz: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Y en YouTube: Francisco Bravo

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Omnia Caelum, Various Works, 2003-2011

(“Guitarra Roja” acrylic on wood 60×72 cm Private collection Miami)

I started professionally in the autumn of 2003 with an exhibition at a gallery in Istanbul, Turkey. After that show, which was rather successful, I concentrated more in places like New York, Miami and other points in South Florida. During those years I developed my concept in art which I called “JazzArt” because of the way the compositions are made and the way the painting is actually done. Basically, I follow the definition of what “Jazz” is as a musical genre and that is that you must do these three things: 1) the player as composer; 2) Improvisation; 3) must swing.

These are some of my JazzArt paintings from those years…

To create using improvisation as your principal tool, you must begin with a line, a pre-conceived line then the painting should start to generate its own shapes, its own forms. I never pre-arrange the figures in my compositions. I never worry about perspectives or if they are in the centre of the canvas. They take care of that themselves as long as I allow the black line to create and swing…

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Now I’ve moved Omnia Caelum to Valencia, a place with some similarities to South Florida, mainly in the proximity of the beach. However, I feel I can be as creative or more so here in Spain which is where I am from. When you are in the land from where you come, your DNA seems to respond favourably. I noticed that as soon as I set foot back in the Iberian Peninsula…

These are some of the drawings from that same period in Miami…

To me a work of art, a drawing or a painting, has to have something to say every time I look at it. I draw and paint what I like, what I find amusing, entertaining, interesting or amazing in this world. I like to experiment, therefore I use the process of improvisation. I don’t try to explain my artwork because I think that if what I have represented does not motivate an explanation in your own words and in your own head, I have not done my job as an artist. Art is communication and the communication must be non-verbal.

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AJA in music: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

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Life in Miami at the end of the XXth Century and the start of the XXIst…

(Looking south towards Collins Avenue, South Beach)

I lived in Miami in the late nineties and in Miami Beach…just across Biscayne Bay…in the early two thousands…

There I recorded some music and painted some pictures that I’ve exhibited all over the world…

I put together a group that I called the Abstract Jazz Arrangement, preferably called simply AJA. We recorded some nice funky sounds. Here is a video clip that I made with some of my photographs of New Orleans and which also includes my graphic work, meaning drawings and paintings and the soundtrack is AJA doing my song “Yaya”…

I used to compose music, write songs, sing and play the guitar in those days. On this song you just heard, I want to thank and recognise the great work of a well known South Florida percussionist, Rey “Conga” Diaz, from Hialeah, Florida. I think he still lives in that suburb of Miami, so if you want to hear some great Cuban percussion, look him up, I am sure he is still playing somewhere and probably active on social media…

These were my first paintings, which happily sold at my first expo in Istanbul in 2003…

Then I painted these others that same year and created my Studio & Gallery, Omnia Caelums Studios of Art Miami…

I have to also say that I went through several “evolutions” while in Miami…

In the music world I was Simon, then Bakero for a while, then Bodo Vespaciano, which became the trademark for my artwork produced up to 2018. It was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed creating some of the things that launched me in my career. I met some of the most wonderful people that I have ever met in my life in Miami Beach, including my wife and her mother, whom I both dearly love. And of course, the many friends, musicians, and artists with whom I worked and created.

Those years were very good, especially in Miami Beach. There were galleries and live music venues everywhere. Lamentably, that is all gone now. There is hardly a trace of what South Beach was like from the late nineties and early 2000’s. Now the galleries have been replaced with corporate stores and the live music venues with nothing…

I am glad I left Miami, but I still remember those years fondly.

Here’s to you, Old Times!

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