Switzerland-based artist Aramis Navarro has a studio in a former indoor pool, and is largely self-taught. His work combines various media, recently including abstract painting, that reflect personal identity and memory, and exposure to contemporary art from a young age. Find more at the links below!
Can you tell me a little bit about you?
I am Aramis Navarro and was born in 1991 in Zurich. Currently I live and work in Rapperswil-Jona in Switzerland. After a brief time at the Zurich University of the Arts, I decided to do self-taught study. In my work, I use a variety of media, mainly painting, installation and sculpture. In my spare time I like to laugh and am afraid of bills.
When did you first discover art, or realize you wanted to make it yourself?
As a kid I was surrounded by art and artists, because my father ran a restaurant that was separated by a glass wall to a contemporary art museum. At that age I didn’t realized what was happening around me, nor did I understood the art, but I think that was the decisive point for what I’m doing now.
What ideas are you exploring in your practice?
I want to make the viewer laugh, even if the message behind it is often very serious. Therefore I often use language or words in art; I like to tell them visual poetry. This all started by examining puns.
What is your process like?
The research I do is reading in dictionaries or using some auto-text, or speech-text applications. The process Itself can be very different, it can take 1 minute to one year. I work depending on size, up to 20 works at the same time.
Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has influenced your practice?
Yes of course, there are a few artists around here that took me under their wing. I’m really grateful to have learned from them, and also that my mother encouraged me to go that way. I also get a lot of inspiration through my girlfriend Delia; she has studied art education.
What is your studio like?
It’s now half a year since I moved into this new space, and it is incredible to work here. A former indoor pool that I was allowed to change into an atelier. So I’m working in the pool, and down there I can manage and try to keep the chaos from flooding.
What do you find most daunting, challenging, or frustrating about pursuing art?
The hardest part is having a healthy distance from my own work. It’s almost as if she’s following me everywhere. I am always drawn directly to the studio. And in days where creativity breaks, self-reflection is very depressing.
What are three words you would use to describe your work?
Humorous, profound, simple
What are you working on right now?
Mainly on 2 series. First is a series I named “selfie.” The aim of the series “SELFIE” is to create abstract, literary self-portraits. I compare the masked personality inherent in such a text with the photographic self-staging. The mobile phone is like, in the selfie photograph, an important tool. By storing more frequent words and word sequences, an invisible cache is created. The note function allows me to make limited use of this source. And the second bigger series, is about abstract paintings, and as a source of inspiration I use the poems of my mother. We have taken a selection of poems which are mainly about life itself and thus create a dramaturgy in the order. As a conclusion, we will publish a book.
Anything else you would like to add?
I want to thank you for your work you’re doing here, love!