Francisco G Pinzón Samper reimagines real life with “sweet honesty”

When preparing their artworks, Colombian artist Francisco G Pinzón Samper doesn’t follow the advice of their peers in discipline, lifting a technique from the film industry instead. In the lead-up to committing to an idea the artist follows “the ‘range’ principle”, which details the capacity an actor has to play various different types of roles.
In the same way that you can never differentiate Daniel Craig from James Bond but Toni Collette is somehow a chameleon of characters, Francisco considers their own characters as if they were actors and their backgrounds as sets. Then, by considering the specific range of these counterparts – in terms of how they would or wouldn’t naturally act or appear – the scene Francisco wishes to paint becomes clear in their imagination. Building this narrative in their mind before starting a work allows the artist to continually be reassessing their own style too. “The limits are my style and my taste,” they explain, “but in between I like to play with what kind of work I would like to see in comparison to what I have made before.”
Inspired to become an artist by their mother, Francisco spent their childhood “painting and drawing by her side… and then I never stopped,” the artist tells It’s Nice That. A natural part of their day-to-day life, creating artworks offers a space of “introspection and meditation” for Francisco, as “it helps me live at ease with the rawness of reality,” says the artist. “Drawing and painting are practices of isolation. It reminds of the hermit in a set of tarot cards, being alone makes you confront yourself and find your inner light.”
The result is a practice Francisco describes as depictions of “sweet honesty”. Rather than wrap up their works in complicated artistic theory, the artist creates what appears naturally to them. “I draw what I love,” they add, “what catches my attention.” Likening this current era of creativity to “an artistic utopia” in which “creation doesn’t need to be necessarily explained”, the artist believes that “the freedom of visual language has been accepted.”

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