“Artists, to me, are like eternal children, refusing to abandon their crayons and maintaining a connection to the boundless realm of imagination, where every thought and creation becomes a reality.”
– Alane Gabriel
Welcome to an exclusive interview with the extraordinary artist, Alane Gabriel, whose vibrant and thought-provoking artworks have captivated audiences worldwide. Known for his unique style and profound expressions, Alane takes us on a journey through his artistic life, influences, and his recent collaboration with Motiva called ‘Calm and Collected’. Join us as we delve into the mind of this talented creator and discover the magic that lies within his brushstrokes.
Q: Hi Alane! How would you describe yourself? Tell us your story?
A: I am a unique blend of melancholy, intelligence, stubbornness, and optimism. From a young age, my artistic talents blossomed, challenging me and pushing me to become a better individual. I possessed a sense of sensitivity and gratitude that shaped my nature.
I became so invisible that my parents found out I played the piano in my first recital! They learned I was a composer and a singer when they heard my first album! They learned I danced Flamenco when they saw me perform on TV representing Spain during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 World Cup in Dallas! I found solace in being invisible, allowing me to explore and enjoy various activities without interference. Also, there are very few things I don’t know how to do…
Q: How did you get into art?
A: Art became my refuge and passion due to circumstances beyond my control. My mind was constantly brimming with ideas, a never-ending stream of creativity. As a child, I struggled to comprehend the purpose of war and violence, feeling out of place in a society, I was considered primitive. In the face of judgment and being labeled as “weird,” I came to realize that it was not me who was strange, but rather those who lacked understanding and growth.
At the tender age of six, I found solace in the art world, where everything made sense and aligned with my vision. Art became the canvas on which I could challenge myself, never settling for a passive glance but craving knowledge of its origins and inventors. Artists, to me, are like eternal children, refusing to abandon their crayons and maintaining a connection to the boundless realm of imagination, where every thought and creation becomes a reality.
Q: How would you describe your style of work?
A: I am still trying to figure out what I do really. If you see all my paintings in order from my oldest one to the recent ones you know they are all done by the same artist but they became technically less complex but more profound. A lady once gave me the funniest compliment on my style of work. She came into my dance studio for a one-time Flamenco class. And had arrived way earlier and she glimpsed at my computer and was mesmerized watching the painting I was working on. She said “I am not an art expert or anything but your paintings are like if Frida Kahlo slept with Kandinsky, Klimt, and a few unknown abstract painters and had a child and she can’t figure out who is the baby’s daddy” Thus probably sums up my style of work!
Q: What is your favorite thing in the world to create?
A: People! I find great joy in illustrating people and their profound connection to nature. It fascinates me to depict their emotions and capture the essence of their interactions with the world around them. While my artwork often features portraits, I also explore the realm of still life, utilizing a technique that extends beyond traditional representation. Even without the presence of human figures, my compositions convey the essence of humanity through the integration of nature and its vibrant elements.
In essence, I strive to create artwork that not only captures the beauty of nature and humanity but also invites viewers to participate in a meaningful dialogue, enriching their own experiences through the connection they establish with the depicted individuals and their surroundings.
Q: Who are your biggest artistic influences/ What inspires you?
A: I hold great admiration for the works of Klimt, Kandinsky, Pollock, Dali, and Picasso. Their artistic contributions have left a profound impact on me. Additionally, Frida Kahlo holds a special place as a source of inspiration, as her vibrant use of colors resonates deeply with my artistic style. Color is an intrinsic part of my creative DNA, and I find immense joy in incorporating bold and vibrant hues into my work. However, in this particular project, I opted for a more restrained color palette, expressing a subtle and understated vibrancy.
Q: How would you interpret your Motiva- ‘Calm and Collected’? Why did you pick this title? Tell us more about it.
A: In my latest Motiva artwork, “Calm and Collected,” I aimed to create a serene and introspective experience. By replacing human figures with flowers and geometric shapes, I wanted to evoke a sense of tranquility and stillness. The floating spheres and harmonious colors further enhance this feeling of calmness.
The composition of the painting represents the journey of life. Three vases symbolize the past, present, and future. Often, we get caught up in dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, neglecting the present moment. The past vase holds a withered flower, reminding us of the futility of clinging to the past. The future vase, painted in passionate red, symbolizes our dreams and desires. However, it is the central vase, full of fresh flowers and anchored in the present, that urges us to embrace the here and now.
Reflect on the painting and discover what it reveals about yourself. Are there aspects of the past that you need to let go of? Are you limiting your potential by focusing too much on the future? Let this artwork be a catalyst for self-reflection and transformation.
Q: What drew you to Motiva? How was your experience?
A: I was initially captivated by Motiva when I stumbled upon a captivating video showcasing an exhibition in London. It was during that moment that I first laid eyes on a Motiva, and I was truly mesmerized. The artwork conveyed a powerful message, not only through its imagery but also through the profound wisdom shared. By those who had already embarked on their journeys. This experience sparked something within me, prompting me to take action and delve into the world of Motiva. And now, here I am, fully immersed in the incredible work it entails.
Q: What are your thoughts on collaborating with Motiva?
A: I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Motiva! Throughout the entire process, I was impressed by the kindness and professionalism displayed by everyone involved. While I typically refrain from collaborations or commissioned work, I made a personal commitment long ago. That is to only create art that truly inspires me, on my terms. Motiva allowed me to embrace my freedom. This collaboration with Motiva holds a special place in my heart because it allows me to express my creativity while maintaining my principles.
Calm and Collected is now available on our website gallery: motiva.art
(A limited edition of 50: available in English & Spanish)