Magdalena Rantica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1973). She studied in the National University of Arts, and then in Mexico. Magdalena Rantica’s paintings are beautiful, mystic, and eclectic explosions of color; capturing the spunk and passion of Rantica herself. Asian culture inspires her acrylic-on-canvas paintings, as seen by the Chinese art books and origami that scatter her studio shelves.
How did you start painting?
Well, I started painting at school, but I also loved many other disciplines, like theatre, choreography and ballet. Anyhow, soon I discovered what I really like was Fine Arts. Then I travelled to Mexico, and it was such a big experience for me. I realized that this whole universe that I was trying to recreate through my work actually existed in one place, this place in the south of Mexico where I lived. This town filled with markets and fresh tropical fruits and colours, a very unique weather, and flowers with butterflies, everything was there.
After a year and a half, I returned to BA, where I did some research on textile, its symbolic universe and the relationship with human anatomy. I worked a lot with cultures from Mexican South East. My first exhibition in 2001 was called Las Tejedoras (The Weavers).
What came after that?
After that exhibition I followed the idea of organic weaving, because I’m a Eutony instructor so I work with that concept. That was the time of the dresses that mixed paper with parts of trees. They symbolize organic texture, covering and revealing things at the same time. In 2005 I returned to Mexico with a scholarship, and everything got a new shape again. I reconnected the dresses with the organic. All of this represented a very tight world, though, and after that I needed to break trough. All these structures expand and open, so colour appears again, now without the boundaries of shape.
What inspires you?
I believe kitsch aesthetics inspire me, colorful table clothes and little stores, some animals and nature. All of these inspire me.
Magdalena’s work is a mix of many things: naïf, colorful, big nature explosions and a brief appearance of disruptive elements.