MANUEL HIGUERAS GARCIA
“The artist is intimately connected with God”. When in the night man starts to create art, he is already looking for his creator without knowing it, because by creating a work of art we also participate in the creation."
Manuel Higueras García was born on July 1, 1973, in the city of Barcelona. During his early childhood years, his family and him relocated to the southern city of Malaga. Manuel's early years are anything but easy, growing up in a large and fairly poor family, his experiences and memories are complicated and confusing. His father suffered from alcoholism and was at times abusive, this, in addition to his dyslexia made his home and school life more of a survival test than anything mundane. He was able to mitigate this when he began to discover his best form of expression, drawing, and as for today, his painting.
Manuel has exhibited his work in many galleries and fairs. One of the most significant works of his recent years is a poster he painted for The International Horse Fair in Seville (SICAB). This piece has been very important for him, since this beautiful animal has fortunately provided him with many satisfactions, both personally and professionally.
Equally, he would like to highlight the collection "MY HANDS. MY LIFE". This collection is inspired by the world of vegetables and will eventually be exhibited by the Trino Tortosa Art Gallery at the best international fairs in the sector, such as 'Fruit Attraction' and 'Logistic Fruit', it will also be presented in halls and museums in Berlin, Moscow, Mexico, Miami and several other cities.
In the year 2020, one of García's works will become part of the permanent collection of the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), and together with the best international realist/hyperrealist artists, will travel around the world in the different exhibits that the museum has already scheduled.
Manuel Higueras Garcia creates exquisite illusions and manages to remarkably enhance our realities. The extreme precision and intricate detail to his pieces are captivating and seductive, generating an almost mouthwatering effect, or a desire to reach out and touch or even smell the objects. There is a serenity that can overcome us with so much beauty in one production, and Garcia induces this concept with ease and grace.
Q. What role does the artist have in society?
A. The artist, since ancient times, has been a chronicler and a transmitter of what he's seen and felt through his perception of the world.
Q. How do you visualize the textures of your work?
A. The styles that are most visible in my work are realism and hyperrealism, specifically a magical realism/hyperrealism.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. The warm light on my face while drawing or painting.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. Obviously, a painter. Already as a child, I only saw that possibility and I yearned for it in my heart.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. I do not remember exactly, as I have painted many pieces, but one that I do recall with great affection I painted when I was 6 years of age, it was a copy of "The Piety" by Michelangelo.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
A. The truth is, I don't know how I got to this style. These days we talk a lot about "hyperrealism", but I don't like to categorize my work in a particular genre. That's what the critics are for, to talk about my work.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. Find beauty, BEAUTY, with capital letters. Well, I try to do that. In a world where painters with great craft and technique bet on ugliness and the macabre, I choose to walk in opposite directions.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. Unquestionably, pride.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. Well, from my point of view, nothing. More than sacrificing or losing things, it has helped me get away from many other bad things.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. I think it is impossible not to be influenced by the environment around us, but honestly, I have no model or reference. It's not because I think I'm better than anyone, it's simply because I think the artist has to look for the beauty of his loneliness, of his nothingness. The excess of information about painters that we encounter in our time with social networks keeps us from truly knowing or discovering who we are and what we want to express. From my point of view, this is the greatest tragedy of our time, not really knowing who we are.
Q. Artistic life is lonely. What do you do to counteract it?
A. It is true. The loneliness of the artist can be hard and even monotonous. In my case, when I see the painting in my mind there is only one barrier, which is to paint it, and that requires time and hours of working alone. Music and radio help to clear my thoughts a little of the intensity of the work.
Q. Besides art, what do you like to do?
A. I am entertained by many things but less every day. I love walking and observing things, and if it is with my rosary in my hand, even better. Prayer is essential for the artist to find BEAUTY.
Q. What is the best advice you have been given?
A. The best advice has been, "keep quiet."
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. That they should search for truth and beauty within themselves, and ask themselves "what do they live for and for whom?"