Pepa Prieto Does Miami

The artist who's created work for MTV, Element Skateboards, and Glamour Magazine spends time in Miami working at the Fountainhead Residency. Photos by Swampdog.

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Pepa Prieto has created art for MTV, Element Skateboards, and Glamour Magazine. Now she's in Miami working at the Fountainhead Residency. Photos by Swampdog.
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Pepa Prieto is an internationally acclaimed artist from Spain who recently spent two months in Miami living and working here as part of the Fountainhead Residency. Here are some of her thoughts on the experience...
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"I decided I wanted to be outside, painting a wall, so I could get more of a feeling for Miami. I normally put my art on all different type of surfaces, from walls to canvas, products, all over the place."
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"When I arrived here I got involved with Primary Flight, they're a company that secures walls for artists to work on, and they got me this wall at Jonathan Eismann's Q American Barbeque restaurant in the Design District."
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"I don't always do street art, but I have a lot of friends all over the world who do, and I thought that here it would be nice to work outside. The street art here is amazing."
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"It's different here, very different from Europe in terms of the way that artists perceive art and the way the market is focused. It's a great place because it's full of people that are really into young art, young artists, and private collectors."
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"I've been painting and drawing all my life, since I was little. Later, I got a degree in fine art in Madrid, studied painting for five years, and then went to London and studied mixed media for another 3 years."
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"I'm not an artist who looks too much at others. Everything comes from inside me, like color and composition. I think I've got it recorded in my head you know? But it comes from everything, from every little thing that you can find around."
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"Part of being here is we have to give the collectors, Kathryn and Dan Mikesell, a piece. When I was done with the wall, I was here working in the studio. The piece I made was about my time here in the residency."
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"I always talk about human nature, the way we are all trying to look for something that from my point of view we'll never find. We are always trying to escape from our self and our environment. We are always with little attachments."
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"Most of the time artists are always alone working in the studio. Suddenly you come here and you've got like a family. The other two artists that are here with me, we have made great friends with each other."
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"One thing that I've really liked is that I've been biking everywhere. I think my favorite area is Little Haiti actually, and Little Havana too."
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"I say my style is a narrative folk art that's figurative with geometrics. I think it's a mixture of cultures because I've been traveling all my life. I was born in Spain, but I consider myself from many different places. I lived in England, I lived in Switzerland, America..."
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"I'm always writing and drawing in my sketchbook. Always, always, always, whatever comes to mind."
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"I tend to draw a lot of mountains and paint a lot of mountains. I was born on a mountain in Sierra Nevada in the South of Spain and I lived there for 17 years."
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"I take a lot of ideas from nature. I love all the plants here, and these trees are amazing. This is where I come when I want to just get away for a bit and disconnect."
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"Whatever happens you can never be completely free, only for just very little moments in life."
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Pepa Prieto will return to Miami soon for her first American solo show. Look out for this talented artist and her public work at Q American Barbeque.
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