Alfredo Palmero is the third generation of a lineage of artists that began with his grandfather, with whom he shared a name and a great love for painting. Since 1991 Alfredo has been holding personal exhibitions in some of Europe’s cultural hubs and around the world. The Palmero family has founded two private Museums in Spain, one in Barcelona in the XV century house, and the second in central Spain. Works by the family can be found in the private collections of His Royal Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain or Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain.
Palmero’s figurative language is influenced by some of the best 19th and 20th century European Art, namely Velazquez, Renoir, Picasso, and Klee. The influence of Mediterranean culture is always present and prominent in his work, as well. Alfredo Palmero is now considered one of the most interesting contemporary Spanish artists in the artistic panorama, with heritage relating back to traditional European Art, while simultaneously connecting with the aesthetics of the 21st century. Classic and contemporary polarities exist in each work, created with ease and the artist’s personal vision of painting.
It is the best-known artistic side of Alfredo Palmero. The term “Menina” in this case is arbitrary since the main point of this collection is woman and mother nature (one is the daughter of the other). Both united in magic and in the mystery of giving life.
It is a collection influenced by the famous work of Diego Velázquez “Las Meninas”. The artist seeks to honor women in all their facets. The skirts of all the characters are round, simulating the Earth. Alfredo tries to remember the genesis of life and celebrate their ability to conceive. Faces are idealized, are symbolic, except one which is a portrait of his daughter Eva. By integrating two different pictorial currents, realism and abstraction, the aim is to highlight the strength, beauty, mystery, balance, and harmony of who we are and what surrounds us. The works can also be interpreted from a critical, even humanistic point of view, since the human being and nature are, ultimately, the same body dependent on each other.
Q & A with the Artist
Why do you do what you do?
It is my destiny. It is a superior force in my life. Since childhood, I have always seen myself as a painter. I do what I do because it is my way of expressing myself and relating to the world.
What themes do you pursue?
In art or painting, the is no progress, only purpose. Depending on the purpose, one or more topics are addressed. In my case, in my work, the central theme would be life– the mystery of life, vital anguish, and the veneration of existence, That being said, I insist, the purpose– which can be varied– is the foundation.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.
Many people, events, dreams, objects, landscapes, and phrases [inspire me]. Inspiration is magic and inexhaustible.
What is an artistic outlook on life?
Approaching life like a game — a game where you set and remove rules. In a way, I try to hold onto my inner child and express my relationship and vision of the world in multiple ways.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Be yourself. Paint what you want but be professional. Do not listen to empty praise or compliments.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
An objective that I have achieved is to live off my art, My goal is to share my work with the world– that future generation will admire, preserve, and value my work.