The  MoCA   presents

 

an  interview  with

Natália Gromicho

The MoCA conducts interviews with prominent artists who have gained wide recognition, as well as emerging artists who have shown exceptional potential in their fields. The published interviews help our readers learn about some of the most promising artistic voices of our times.

The MoCA conducted an interview with artist Natália Gromicho. A well-established painter who now lives in Portugal, she narrates her story in a manner that not only highlights her accomplishments, but also provides a roadmap to all emerging artists. The interview has been lightly edited.

Officially my first exhibition was in 1995 and I used to mark my startup, but it´s only a symbolic date.

Natália Gromicho

The MoCA > Hello, and welcome to THE MAGAZINE OF CONTEMPORARY ART! It’s great to be able to interview you up close. We invite all our readers to check out our website to view your works to be familiarized with your art.

Parallel Lines

The MoCA You’ve proven yourself as a well-established artist in the current art scene. For the benefit of our readers, let us know who you are and what you do.

Hi, first of all I would like to thank MoCA for the opportunity to share my contribute to the art scene, my name is Natália Gromicho, i´m a contemporary painter from Lisboa, Portugal. I work daily on my atelier located in Lisboa and use it also to exhibit not just my work but also art from other artists from all around the world.

Lusiadas
Oil on Canvas

NFS

I´m making a new era
/collection of art, de-construction of animals through clear backgrounds and minimal lines.

The MoCA When did you first decide you wanted to be an artist? Was it early in your life or did it grow in you as you aged?

To be honest, I always have the need to express myself through the ink and the paper, when I was a little girl, I used all the paper that I can get, to draw some sketches, I remember using the envelops that my father had with the bills, to draw some ideias, I still have some of that kept... Officially my first exhibition was in 1995 and I used to mark my startup, but it´s only a symbolic date.

The MoCA What were some of the inspirations you were drawn to as you settled in?

As my main source, I get inspiration from the Sea (I live near it) and also from the special light of Lisboa. I have tried other countries but I miss Lisboa´s light, is very precious and unique.


About the masters, i got some inspirations from Miró and Picasso, they were some of my favorite when I was studying.


Nowadays, my inspiration came from the daily routines, the chats in the local coffees, the travels.

The abstracts are the ones that are the most liked, in particular the ones that have spatula work, and also the strong brush.

Mars
Oil on Canvas

NFS

The MoCA Who are your major clients?

Due my internationalization, the spectrum is very wide, in Portugal the range is from lawyers, judges, doctors to people that love art and I don't even get to know what they do in life. In America, I have some regular clients but they buy through merchants and art consultants and I don´t really know the final client. Europe are mainly art collectors and the rest of the world are investors and collectors that buy from art dealers.

The MoCA What kind of work are you doing right now?

Right now, I´m making a new era/collection of art, de-construction of animals through clear backgrounds and painting minimal lines, focus in on detail of the animal and conducting the view to discover the language. I´m quite excited to make this, but it´s on a embryonic phase.

Poetry
Oil on Canvas

NFS

Some years I made 30 artworks (for example 2020), or as many as 84 artworks in 2014…

The MoCA You’ve had some colorful (literally) professional accomplishments. In general, how receptive has your audience been to your art style?

I´m a blessed person. I had the opportunity to visit and show my work on different locals in the world. The reaction is very grateful to me as person and as a professional. The abstracts are the ones that are the most liked, in particular the ones that have spatula work, and also the strong brush.

The MoCA Abstract expressionism can sometimes be somewhat overwhelming to the viewers whose eyes aren’t prepared to appreciate the style. Yet, your art seems to have a certain storytelling aspect. Is this a flow that you consciously pursue?

Yes, my main concern is to create something that can fulfill the soul of the viewer, to have some connection with the piece. I normally build a collection in 6 months; all the collection is linked with theme or a purpose.

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The MoCA Whether or not you believe that art has a responsibility to the society, it’s undeniable that art, at the very least, is heavily influenced by society. Do you perceive this in your own art?

Yes, I try...

The MoCA Whether or not you believe that art has a responsibility to the society, it’s undeniable that art, at the very least, is heavily influenced by society. Do you perceive this in your own art?

Unfortunately, it’s a fact. I have blocked during some periods; I have suffered the consequences.


I had some years that I make 30 artworks (for example 2020), or 84 artworks in 2014…

All the industry is moving to digital display, I personally am not a fan of it but we need to find a way.

Calcada de Lisboa
Oil on Canvas

NFS

The MoCA 2020 has been quite miserable everywhere in the world, but particularly in countries from which both the interviewee as well as the interviewer come from. With over 300,000 deaths in the United States alone, and recovery in much of Europe, and certainly in Italy, going in hiccups, how has the art world changed in your view?

I think the confinement had some positive thing on it, we had more time to think and to create more intense works, more detailed, more prepared (or not), but the real problem that we are facing is finding ways to show this works in this periods. All the industry is moving to digital display, I personally am not a fan of it but we need to find a way.

The MoCA If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic as to how the future of art will be influenced, what will it be?

Digital revolution.

Tram
Oil on Canvas

NFS

My honest advice is to work hard, stay true to your thoughts and never give up.

The MoCA You’re an established artist with significant following and fan-base. Do you have any advice you can share with emerging artists who’d want to be successful one day?

My honest advice is to work hard, stay true to your thoughts and never give up. Don´t be afraid to risk, try always to have a Plan B, and also to search for ways to show your art, I remember to display my work in Restaurants, Hotels, Coffee shops, pubs, I remember in the 2001 to sell paintings in Ironing store (and sold a lot), flee markets… We have to start on something right?

The MoCA An artist clearly grows with his or her art, sometimes in unplanned and untested ways. Where do you plan to go from here? And how do you envision yourself a decade into the future?

Actually I’m working hard on my Lisboa gallery, not just to promote my work but also to work and display other artists, I’m also planning to get my work to Asia and explore other new markets.

I´m very enthusiastic to be painting in big canvas.

Genious
Oil on Canvas

NFS

The MoCA We have really appreciated the varying nature of your artistic activity. You’ve been quite prolific in your art, and it looks like you’re in no mood to slow down anytime soon. It was a great pleasure to talk to you and we thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Moving on, can you briefly describe a project which you’re passionate to explore in the future?

The pleasure was all mine, thanks again for having me on MOCA. I´m very enthusiastic to be painting in big canvas (200x200cm and some 300x200), I’m just waiting for this Covid 19 to be out of our lives to return to it.

A Janela do Meu Atelier
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I’m just waiting for this Covid 19 to be out of our lives to return to it.