María Inés O’Farrell was born in the city of Buenos Aires in October of 1963. She graduated from the Prilidiano Pueyrredón National School of Fine Arts. She attended both Rosa Frei and Marcia Schvartz’ Workshops and is currently attending Oscar Cesar Mara’s Workshop on Psychology of Shape.
What is art for you?
It’s a manifestation and a vital need of the human soul
How did you approach art?
I’ve always had drawing and painting as a part of my life. It was my refuge during the solitude of my childhood years. In search of a place to study, I entered the Advanced School of Fine Arts Ernesto de la Cárcova for the first time. I stood frozen when I saw a copy of the David and deep inside I knew this was my world.
What things inspire you?
The female world, violence against women, the pain that rips you apart and the solitude of my inner world.
What are the recurring themes in your work?
The female soul, its corners, its deep and dark voids, its exuberance, the blood, the moist and soft.
How would you describe your production process?
I work out of my workshop-home, and it’s based on Juan Battle Planas’ School of Psychology of the Shape. The creative process begins with strokes that combine unconscious acts with the search for figurative expressions.
How would you define your work in terms of tradition, style, school or trend?
Figurative, alternating with realist expressions in the framework of a lyrical and poetic universe, with potent images that dialogue with a deep world of dreams and fantasies.
Who´s influenced you?
Egon Schiele and Oscar Cesar Mara
What artists from previous generations are you interested in?
Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Goya, Francis Bacon, Jenny Saville, Zimou Tan, Roger Mantegani, Marlene Dumas, Adrián Ghenie, Gabriel Bodin, Craig Hanna, Carlos Alonso and Marcia Schvartz.
What would you like to contribute to the world through your art?