2 February 2021
Between Bodies and Fate
Victor Bayonas was born in 1999 in Lorca (Murcia). His artistic talent started rising through the study of violin and music at the age of seven. After attending the Narciso Yepes Conservatory of Music (2018), he later chose to pursue a Fine Arts degree at the Complutense University in Madrid. We met him so to understand better what pushes him to be an emerging and talented painter.
Hello Victor, may you tell us something about where have you grown up and your early years?
I was born and spent my childhood in a town in southern Spain, near the coast. It is typical among artists to find inspiration in the sea’s immensity, but this is not my case. I have never felt the beach, the sand, as much as undressed people. But, who knows, maybe this is why I aim at destroying beautiful bodies in my paintings.
Briefly, I spent 18 years living there until I decided to emancipate myself and chance my luck in Madrid.
When/How have you understood you wanted to become an artist?
I don’t know. I have always liked drawing since I was a child. But I ended studying the violin and classical music when I was eight. I wanted to be a great musician, but the work that goes into it made me think. I am not willing to spend my life studying the violin for 8 to 10 hours a day; I’m too lazy and anarchic to have a schedule. One day, I visited the Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueras, and I felt an unprecedented interest in art. At that moment, I started painting
Can you briefly describe what you do and say something about your technique?
Currently, I commit to the female nude and its absolute dishonor of the flesh. I question the limits of beauty, and I identify my works as a pure and individual thought, which is corrupted by its collectivization
Although it may not seem like it, I wouldn’t say I like working on previous sketches, color studies, or composition. I prefer to improvise and cause manyerrors, as I am developing a different painting style.
What drives you to make art?
Maybe I’m one of those fools who thinks he is better than the others. I paint to feel special somehow.
What is the main feature that has changed in your works throughout the years?
I think I am continually evolving. A few years ago, my paintings frightened everyone. The atmosphere was too dark, although perfect for decorating a crypt.
For a while, I thought of changing my style; my artworks were so cynical that they were causing problems even for me.
Which artist mostly affect your work?
On the one hand, I would like to consider myself as one of those artists who leaves his work in the hands of fate (just like Baudelaire did with poetry). The romantic idea of the cursed artist has always appealed to me. But this doesn’t mean you have to paint the worst.
In the Prado, I was shocked in front of Rafael; also, Bouguereau had a great technique, although he was quite formal.
I am a massive fan of the Italian Renaissance as I believe humans will never repeat things done at that time.
How would you like people to engage with your work?
I don’t mean to please everyone, as it is impossible. But I know that I have an audience that loves my work. I do what I consider engaging, but I am always open to criticism and opinions.
Do you have anything exciting on the horizon?
Yes, a lot of things, but it’s ‘Top Secret.’
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I give myself two options, rich or poor. I have never liked the middle terms. I think that being lucky enough to be alive, we should make the most of it.
The passion for achieving something will make your intuition lead you in the wrong ways. But at least you are being guided by your heart.
Sorry, this is not a self-help course, and I am not an expert in these fields. But, I do know the importance of persisting for what you want.
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