Maria Gargot is an artist based in Barcelona born in 1991 who studied a Fine Arts BA in a village called Vilanova i la Geltrú, Applied Arts on Walls at Massana and Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, where she did an Exchange during the last year at the University of Porto, besides studying also theatre, a field that she’s still exploring.
She inherited her artistic side from her family: her mother, that carried the music in her soul, and a father who owned a special sensibility for photography and painting.
Her passion and inspiration for the things and people that surround her make her being in constant learning and exploration of different styles and techniques. She has experimented from academicism to baroque, symbolism, humour and tenderness, the essence of things, the expressivity of the stain, and the stroke to narrate, create characters, and tell their stories and intimacies.
Do you think that Barcelona has influenced you on an artistic level? How?
Yes, of course. It is a diverse and rich jungle in all the senses, although it could still be even wilder and sinner. There is a huge change between the village and the city, you end high school and you wonder that art is from A to Z, from a determinate way and here, in Barcelona, you discover more letters from the alphabet, it’s rough and wonderful at the same time.
Barcelona has influenced me, firstly, because I’m artistically based here. Secondly, it drives and promotes art markets, comic fairs, self-edition, workshops, galleries, artistic production spaces that you can apply to, meeting people… Barcelona is an art exhibition itself, it works as a mirror to question or reaffirming yourself. It allows you to see, to create, and, above all, to share, that it’s the most important thing.
When did you start being interested in urban art and which other styles have you experimented with before?
Some years ago, I had a partner that painted graffiti and then I tried my first spray, but nozzles and I are not a good tandem… But time will say. It’s been recently that I’ve decided to paint with a brush, I suppose I did it to make my comfort zone wider, to not only paint on paper and canvas. I needed to take a breathe, to go out from my studio’s four walls. Nowadays I combine my personal pictorial projects with illustration orders for editorial and press.
How did you get to Wallspot? How do you think it affects a city to have legal walls?
When I finished my studies at Massana, we decided to create a mural painting group with some friends and, searching for a place to make an intervention, we found Murs Lliures.
It’s an amazing initiative, an incredible project, I love this philosophy of the ‘’ephemeral’’, a feature that the mural has, this free and shared space. This small spot that you can interfere with is, for a moment, yours. And later, another’s. It’s to hold and release, wow!
There’s no possession, your ego shrinks because you know that your artwork won’t last so long. After all, another person can come and make their own piece. I love it! I feel very glad for this project because it makes our job easier, I’d applied for a wall one hour before painting, and everything was great, no one ever annoyed me (I mean, cops, like, ‘’what are you doing?’’).
It’s very beautiful when people stop to tell you that they like what are you doing, or they just stop and smile at you. Those are magic micro-moments. And if they take pictures and tag you on Instagram, makes me happier! This doesn’t happen when you are alone at home, drawing. The fact of sharing it on the streets it’s way more special than doing a post on social media.
Wallspot helps you to grow up as an artist because every mural or intervention is a new opportunity to practice, play, screw it up, and everything else is very enriching. It’s a space for freedom and respect at the same time. It’s a way to keep the art alive and visible for everyone.
How do you see the art scene in Barcelona?
The truth is that I’ve barely started to discover this sphere and I know just a little. I really follow the cultural agenda of Nau Bostik, which is a brutal breeding spot. Poblenou urban art district also bets for this and it’s great.
Urban art is a field that catches you, you try it and you cannot leave it. I honestly think there is still a lot of work to dignify urban art in Barcelona. This is a permeable city, a stage where we can celebrate and claim plenty of things, and I think we can do it all together with brushes and sprays on our hands.
Have you seen any artist on our platform that has cached your attention and you would recommend to other users?
Yes, for sure. You can’t miss Inventura Studio, lu.paul, Ele.Zissou, Eloise Gillow, and Degon, this last one has an amazing vibe, a top artwork.
Maria Gargot has illustrated the cover of the last novel published by Altra Editorial, ‘’Adeu Fantasmes’’, from Nadia Terranova. She was also painting on live the last 4 of October at festival Galàctica de Igualada, with poets and singer-songwriters; she’s also expecting to work on a project to paint the façade of a centre of young migrants on Hostalets de Pierola.
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