‘Octopus’ by August Vilella
Artist: August Vilella
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 13″ x 9.5″
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artist:
August Vilella is an artist based in Barcelona. His artworks have been exhibited around the world in cities such as Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, Dubai, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Taipei, Oxford, San Francisco and Rotterdam. In 2016 he was the winner for The Best Artist at the Tokyo International Art Fair and in 2017 winner for the Best Innovative Art at The Global Art Awards of Dubai (UAE). In 2018 he won the “International Artist Grand Prize” of Taipei and the “Chairman´s Award” in the Art Revolution Taipei where his work has chosen as the best among 4.546 candidates. Furthermore, prestigious magazines such as “The Global Times”, “Vice”, Hi-Fructose” or “Beautiful Bizarre” have been reporting about his impressive development as a master of his genre.
He creates oil paintings by means of a surreal-intuitive method. Thanks to this method and without using any previous sketches or ideas, he tries to give shape to his past and future through the subconscious mind. As a figurative work of art, the result of this practice evokes a dreamlike aura and a magic, metaphoric, and even philosophical language, which invites the observing visitor to reflect. Nevertheless, the creative process turns out to be completely intuitively improvised and unintentional so that the message of each painting comes out only once the work of art is completed. Thus, when we remove the will of the artist regarding his creation, each painting becomes a work of art of the world and for the world; a piece of art in which all people can find themselves reflected, and above all, a work of art with a life of its own that wants to be seen, to wake and to be felt.
All this turns each of the paintings of August Vilella into an Odyssey, which moves down into the depths of the vast subjective ocean, whose outcome is always unknown, different and unexpected…