Pabli Stein was born in 1986 and he is one of our most promising artists, an emerging figure in the Buenos Aires art Scene.
He’s been making inroads in the US, in the past several years he’s participated at the Wynwood art district in Miami and at Art Basel. His works have been also exhibited in Uruguay and UK.
Pabli is at the vanguard when it comes to the use of color and image, exploring the world of feminine feeling and experiences.
What is art for you?
I’m still thinking about it.
How did you approach art?
My grandparents (now my mother and aunt) work with fashion. As a kid, many of my first drawings, even though they weren’t linked to fashion as a subject, they were done in its context: a store and workshop where the whole clothing production took place; from the selection of fabrics to the sale of it. Now, I can see how that approach to the fashion industry influenced my creative process.
What things inspire you?
My inspiration comes from the places where we assume beauty resides today, as Vogue’s cover and art or design editorials.
What are the recurring themes in your work?
I’m attracted to women stereotypes imposed by brands and commercial standards, the cover girl or the campaign model as a perfect and young figure.
How would you describe your production process?
I’m constantly composing images; I use fabric scraps, fragments of textures, street posters and clippings from fashion editorials. At the beginning, those compositions ended working as structures for my paintings throughout the confection of every color, the combination of different color pallets and the use of different plastic resources. There was when I left behind the graphicness and the “obligation of meaning” of those signs and the lines began to devour each other, the colors started to overlap and gush and finally, the painting spoke.
Over time, the collage “got divorced” from the painting and took his own flight. Anyhow, that working method is still present on my way of painting, more loosely today, maybe.
How would you define your work in terms of tradition, style, school or trend?
Who´s influenced you?
They are many. From Argentina I can say Roberto Elia, León Ferrari, Marcelo Pombo, Guillermo Kuitca and Jorge Macchi are my referents. As for foreign artists I can name Bill Jensen, Jonatan Lasker, Chris Ofili, Albert Ohelen, Daniel Richter, Sean Scully, David Salle, Fiona Rae and Johnathan Messe.
What artists from previous generations are you interested in?
I could not leave Velazquez, Goya and Picasso out of my referents. As regards subsequent generations, I’m still on my twenties; but I can name artists that are closer to my age as Villar Rojas, Duville or Federico Colletta.
What would you like tocontribute to the world through your art?
I look forward to bring a bit of light to such closed structures, as it can be the actual concept of beauty.