Experimentation has afforded him a visual language of his own. In his recent oeuvre, three-dimensional oil paintings vary depending on the viewer’s perspective, introducing a kinetic, disturbingly suggestive dimension to our vision of reality.
His work has earned credible attention.
Sergi Cadenas was born in Girona in 1972. When he was 15 years old he started working in his father’s workshop, and just five years later he was running it. Cadenas’ artistic development has always been linked to the world of the artisan. He studied design and artistic ironmongery in the Gremi de Serrallers in Barcelona, and even though he is a skilled painter, he has never studied drawing and is entirely self-taught.
Nowadays, he is responsible for Ferros d’Art Cadenas, the family business, a well known company in Girona which has been around for almost three centuries. Since his predecessors moved there in the first half of the 19th century, the foundry has been an essential part of the cultural and architectural history of the city. Sergi’s great-grandfather, Nonito, worked with the architect Rafel Masó, and his wrought-iron work can be seen in more than one of Masó’s constructions.
Sergi has continued the family trade, and he is now a recognized artisan who is specialised in forging techniques. He also works and collaborates with different architects from Girona.
For family tradition, he dedicates to the artistic forge, work that combines with his great passion, artist painter, to which he has arrived in a totally self-taught way. The desire to experiment and discover new ways of creating, have led him to paint three-dimensional works on oil, which depending from which angle you look at, the image changes. Currently he is focused in portraits of large format made with this difficult execution technique and with great precision. The results are so brilliant and spectacular that do not leave anyone indifferent.
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5 QUESTIONS TO THE PAINTER SERGI CADENAS
PUBLISHED ON JULY 10, 2020 BY FABIO PARIANTE
Sergi Cadenas, painter from Girona, Spain. Photography © Sergi Cadenas
1. In your opinion what is the role of a museum?
At the moment we are living, people rethink their way of living and communicating. Museums have to live up to and reinvent themselves constantly, to reach the public, but without abandoning their roots and the natural way of visiting it (in person).
As a self-taught artist, museums have been my school.
2. What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?
I don’t have a favorite museum, I’ve been to the MoMA in New York, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, the Van Gogh in Amsterdam and to the Prado Museum in Madrid.
There is interesting art in all of them, but my look is always different, being self-taught I observe the works in a very simple way, without complicated interpretations, sometimes in a more technical or sentimental way.
3. How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why.
Now they are basic to make themselves known. A video of a work of mine had more than 10 million reproductions, it was incredible the change that my recognition experienced. I have had many exhibitions around the world and the possibility of creating the artistic center in Dubai.
4. In particular, due to the coronavirus emergency, how have you changed your business on social networks?
The art galleries I work with have sold my works during the pandemic. I find it very important to be well positioned on social networks, while still attending large art fairs that consolidate the artist’s business structure.
5. To create greater engagement among museums, artists and professionals, do you have any advice for cultural projects such as #MuseumWeek?
I don’t really like giving advice, I always tell what works for me. “To sell you have to attract attention”.
Interview by Fabio Pariante, journalist
Sergi Cadenas on social networks: Instagram
Sergi Cadenas (Girona, 1972) is a Spanish painter and began his career at the age of 30 by painting the urban landscapes of his city.
The Cadenas family has been dedicated to the manufacture of iron for generations and, as a self-taught, the artist has been passionate about portraiture for some years.
He works with occasional models and with people in his environment and, in general, does not believe in inspiration, but believes in ideas and dedication. Sergi Cadenas lives and works in Girona.