"Art is to show the rest what can go unnoticed or ignored, by the mechanization of everyday life."
Marcelo Germana was born on the 16th of November 1971 in the city of drogue, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent his childhood there until adolescence in Florencio Varela, where his mother and brothers still reside, along with the rest of his family and nephews. This town is located in what is called the southern part of Buenos Aires “Conurbano.” His childhood was developed in this city between games, “barrio” life, friends, and support from his parents on his education, given a middle-class environment, there were periods of many difficulties. His father was a Technical Optician in charge of Optics, supported all of Marcelo’s interests, provided the best secondary education that he could, and supported Marcelo since an adolescent in his beginnings in drawing, painting and design. Affection, freedom and unconditional support were always present. Until his second year at the faculty of fine arts of the University of La Plata that due to economic difficulties, Marcelo had to make the decision to start working as an illustrator and completing design works. This allowed him to continue with his own development and instruction as a plastic artist, abandoning his studies at the university. From early on, about five years of age, aside from interacting with others and being a sports fanatic, his interests in anything imaginative and creative was huge. Often times, he set apart from others spending endless hours drawing and telling stories. Until one day, when he was about seven years old, one of his teachers called his mother telling her that he felt he should be supported with studies in drawing and painting. Later, with just 11 years of age, Marcelo Germana participated in a mural that was completed in his school’s courtyard.
The intricacies of Marcelo’s work, can well depict the intricacies and commonalities of our everyday life. Only, he turns it up a notch allowing us to dive into a fantasy world where our imagination runs wild. And we enjoy it, and we want more of it. Marcelo, through his detailed work, colors and enchantment, offers us a vision far beyond what we are accustomed to. Yet at the same time, his art offers a type of familiarity that is felt at a spiritual level.
Q. What role does the artist have in society?
A. I think that the role of the Artist in society, essentially, is to show the rest what can go unnoticed or ignored, by the mechanization of everyday life. This expression can sometimes be a clear reflection of your environment or other times it may be just the opposite, that is, to express what is but is not seen or just by the expression of the opposite what is "missing."
Q. What styles and artistic movements are reflected in your work?
A. It is visible and inevitable especially in the first pictorial stage to recognize the Surrealist, Dalí, Magritte, De Chirico influence, added to the Renaissance Neoclassicism and Baroque. At the moment, the influence of the Symbolist Painting as well as its literature, and the fondness for the ancient texts Mythology, History, Philosophy has a very important weight. Especially Greeks JENOFONTE- ARISTOTELES- HESIODO- PLUTARCO.
Q. Tell us about some of the highlights of your artistic career, such us memorable shows or publications?
A. I have been fortunate to have several. One that always comes to my mind because of its significance, is when I won a First Prize in Painting at an Art Gallery at the age of 19, and the prize in addition to an individual exhibition was a medal with a Golden bath. But the particular thing is that I had my very teenage neighborhood life and a bit misaligned "let's say", and only "somewhat" to put it in a way, it was logical to invite all my friends. We arrived a little late, and with the appearance of teenagers who are going out on a Saturday night, and not very neat, in all its aspects from clothes to their ways. The gallery was full of people. There are many anecdotes about that moment. Besides that, it was something that changed my life forever. After years, I participated in Art Television Programs and then later on to see how some of my works came to EXPOART-MONTRREAL Canada in its third edition, and also as it was included in Catalogs on Contemporary Artists in Los Angeles USA and some incursions in Virtual Contests from New York., in which I was awarded by the jury and the Public. I will mention just a few more.
When I was 18, I was in front of the Artistic Directors of Editorial Profile, who edited Playboy magazine here among others, and who gave me the first assignment on the same day of the interview.
At the age of 29, I performed an individual Exhibition at a Museum of Visual Arts here in a city called Quilmes. Illustrated the cover of an English Best Seller edited here by EMECE editorial that same year.
Received a prize from FABER-CASTELL and was a part of its calendar and catalogs.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. Dinners and parties on summer nights, with my parents, friends, uncles, cousins, and my two brothers.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. I really did not know, what I began to realize just as soon as possible is that everything that was repeated everyday bored me easily and caused me annoyance. I was fascinated by cinema from a very young age, as was music. Only at 16, I made the decision that I just wanted to be an Artist, to instruct myself in Art. - (While attending a Secondary with Economic Orientation).
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. As I said before, I was drawing from a very young age, but I think that while doing other things, as the first "own creation" we can talk about the one I made at approximately 18 years of age. An Oil of 120cm x 80cm to which I called "Becoming", was a cold pale blue Surrealist space, as if everything were flooded and with Ice, from which a bluish Being emerged within a prism with orange and pale pink hues, a perspective deep and a Being in the sky levitating in the distance in what looked like something like a "platform", to the right and foreground arms that appeared in the ice or water of that surface and farther another Being emerging or separating from prisms roses, clouds and space.
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. As I mentioned earlier from the age of 16, when my attention to Works of art, films, music and literature were already very noticeable, so I decided to make my first foray into Studies, in a Workshop of a Plastic Artist and Designer of my childhood city.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
A. I think that my style is the consequence of my tastes and deepening. As for the technique, the practical and theoretical study of the classics was accentuating the development in my execution. Although I have different facets in my Work and periods. I always believed that style should not be forced, it is “forged”. What nurtured my development was the need to "say" and a strong influence of what most caught me was the "unconventional", science fiction, fantasy art, myths and then surrealism and symbolism.
Q. How do you visualize the phases and textures of your work?
A. It all starts with a simple sketch, always with the pencil, on a drawing sheet, very simple linear stripped and sometimes almost compulsive. Then, I continue with adjustments, elaboration, that "yes" and "no", in the composition. When I already have a feeling that it should be and a general idea of the palette, I begin the transfer to the canvas. Sometimes helping me with visual material and sometimes not, I start seeing everything internally. First thin layers of oil, separation of lights, planes, direction of light and so the process continues, seeing where I want to work more, what brightness and contrast of textures to achieve, as well as the atmosphere and the environment.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. What is not enough to express in words.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. My temper.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. Various relationships, separations.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. There are many in the list of Painters of Universal Art, but always the inspiration came as their own. There are many that I admire and on which I have learned from a distance and in different fields of Art I will enunciate some to name, I know that I will be unfair not to name them all but there are some. Many are timeless, like their essential works. Rene Magritte, Claude Lorraine, August Dominique ingres, Vermeer, Salvador Dali, MC Escher, and illustrators such as Roger Dean, Moebius, Juan Gimenez among the highlights and add Frank Frazetta.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. It is lonely for periods, and even necessary, but this is counteracted by active social life, friends, own events and others. Also in my case Classes and Workshops.
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. Sports, basketball more than almost none, also swimming and handball. Study languages and travel.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. Art is a guiding thread that contains deep truths disguised as symbols and devices.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. Success can be a liar word in some aspects, or many, considering that its etymological root base in Anglo-Saxon is "exit" - exit term, of something or solution. It also comes from the Latin exitus (exit, term conclusion, result, usually –happy-). There we go well on the one hand something that concludes ends or closes. But there is no talk of realization, or how it came to “that”, this introduction I do because of what I believe and experience empirically. Real success is something that could be better called with words such as triumph or self-realization. The "success" or "exit" or "win" are not always very real words, not trusting too much of the "successful" or the winners on many occasions is usually the most successful.
The real success is the satisfaction and the internal rejoicing for the provoked abroad with certain internal convictions. And the word accomplishment, triumph-achievement, which first is about oneself and then is channeled or shot to the rest, would be better.
The arrow is thrown into the Cosmos by the Archer, again and again, and again, at its tip it has Fire, if the Fire was begotten it grew and was taken care of, the Gods and the Universe will return it in their time.
If another part of the question is whether I feel a successful person, the answer is "YES", bearing in mind the above and only that way.
Q. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
A. In Knowing me.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. It doesn't come to my mind something like "advice" I would say, but if a phrase that fits the question, something I always remember and is still written on the drawing board of my adolescence that is in the house of my mother and that is a phrase by Johann Wolfgang von "Goethe" - that I took and wrote there "It is not Great who always triumphs, but he who is never discouraged".
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. That only matters today, you should always try to make it that way, the past just to learn to feed and do introspection, what you want and what "no" in your life. That it is a lie that everything is already done, that it is a lie that something is like that and cannot be seen otherwise because it has already been established.