Hugo Bellagamba

Hugo Bellagamba

Date of Birth: 1981

Place of Birth: Tucumán, Argentina

Current City of Residence:San Miguel de Tucumán

Buenos Aires 

Countries where he has exhibited: Argentina



Prize Adquisición Municipalidad de San Isidro – Arte Espacio (2015)

1° prize VI Salón Nacional de Pintura – Prensa en el Arte por los Derechos Humanos (2015)

Mention XIX Salón de Artes Visuales Carlos María Navarro – Región NOA (2013)

1° prize XL Salón de Tucumán para el Ámbito Nacional – Pintura (2011)

1º prize XV Salón de Artes Plásticas Carlos M. Navarro (2008)

Mention “Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales, Palais de Glace” (2008)

1º mention” XXXVI Salón de Tucumán para el Ámbito Nacional” – draw (2007)

3º mention “XIII Salón Carlos M. Navarro” (2006)

1º prize Salón Spilimbergo en las categorías pintura y objeto (2006 – 2005)

5° prize Salón Encuentro con el Arte de la Pintura II (2004)

What is art for you? 

The term “art” has many theoretical and philosophical definitions… in my opinion, it is a way to express freely my ideas and emotions.

How did you approach art? 

When going to primary school I was a shy child made and my way to communicate with other kids was by making them little drawings in their notebooks. Therefore, I asked my parents to send me to a drawing workshop because I wanted to improve my technique to “make more realistic robots” as my friends were becoming more demanding.

I think l am a self-taught artist, in the sense that always research on my own and learned of experience. After spending three years studying Graphic Design it turned out to be not what I expected, I felt that somehow I had no freedom of expression. This is how I decide to get into the Faculty of Arts.

What things inspire you?

There are many things that motivate me when creating, or at least things that trigger a project or an idea … people, situations, memories, etc. I observe a lot and all information I assimilate at some point can lead me to the creative process. 

What are the recurring themes in your work?

The theme of my work comes from the convergence of two worlds: the fantastic (idealized, cheerful, innocent) and reality (tangible, frivolous and even raw), given the need to expose and explore the resulting differences and similarities.

How would you describe your production process?

The production process comes with some ideas and when I start the investigation and collection of elements that help me define it. Then I make both, a pencil sketch and digitalized sketch. I choose the color palette by testing them on the computer to finally capture the result on fake leather with acrylic. 

The use of synthetic leather as support, seeks to replace the way to look a work based on the asumption that formality is involved in traditional painting. In turn, the material takes a significant relevance by reading its origin; substitute or faux leather denotes intention or aspiration of the wearer. In this way I move from what is real and not.

How would you define your work in terms of tradition, style, school or trend?

I recognize some features of my work in the movement known as Lowbrow or Pop Surrealism as image management, irony and use elements of pop culture such as cartoons, toys, comics, TV, movies, etc.

What has influenced you?

I admire many artists from around the world with very different styles and aesthetics but I are equally interesting. I am a big consumer of images and am always in search of that artistic piece that surprised me, that is different and you move something in me.

What artists from previous generations are you interested in?

My references come from contemporary artists like Mark Ryden, Gary Baseman, Yoshitomo Nara, KAWS, James Jean, friends and colleagues to the great masters of painting, through the world of street art, anime and music.

What would you like to contribute to the world through your art?

I try to convey feelings, moments, observations by using different elements that relate and interact with them creating a new meaning. I think in these last years I could find my individuality as an artist and a type of image that represents me and which I feel comfortable with.