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ASK THE ARTIST: 12 Questions & A Joke with Claudia Nery

Updated: Oct 24, 2022


ASK THE ARTIST: 12 QUESTIONS & A JOKE,

is an opportunity for our gallery supporters, friends and clients to get to know our artists a little better. It’s a fun way to get a glimpse into the personalities of the artists and at the same time connecting the artist with their art.

Hope you enjoy!! Ida Victoria



CLAUDIA NERY (ON RIGHT) WITH FELLOW GALLERY ARTIST IGNACIO GUERRERO & HIS WIFE ERENDIRA AT AN EXHIBITION OF CLAUDIA’S WORK IN GUADALAJARA.
CLAUDIA NERY (ON RIGHT) WITH FELLOW GALLERY ARTIST IGNACIO GUERRERO & HIS WIFE ERENDIRA AT AN EXHIBITION OF CLAUDIA’S WORK IN GUADALAJARA.

Q If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

CN “Tres Personajes en Rojo”, by Rufino Tamayo. My choice for a favorite artist has changed over time, at the beginning Tamayo was my all time favorite, but now I like many. But in this painting in particular, I like the way his technique is managed, and the harmony of the colors. Maybe I’ve become more picky in my visual perception.


TRES PERSONAJES EN ROJO. Rufino Tamayo. Oil on canvas 50 x 71 inches  Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. Tamayo’s Zapotec heritage is often cited as an early influence
TRES PERSONAJES EN ROJO. Rufino Tamayo. Oil on canvas 50 x 71 inches Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. Tamayo’s Zapotec heritage is often cited as an early influence
Tamayo’s method situates his composition as the focal point instead of emphasizing the subject alone. By doing so, one looks at the painting as a whole. He explained his approach to Paul Westheim as follows: “As the number of colors we use decreases, the wealth of possibilities increases”. Tamayo favored using few colors rather than many; he asserted that fewer colors in a painting gave the art greater force and meaning…With that being said, Octavio Paz, author of the book Rufino Tamayo, argues that, “Time and again we have been told that Tamayo is a great colourist; but it should be added that this richness of colour is the result of sobriety”. By being pure or, as Paz explained, sober with his color choice, Tamayo’s paintings were enriched, not impoverished. “If I could express with a single word what it is that distinguishes Tamayo from other painters, I would say without a moment’s hesitation: Sun. For the sun is in all his pictures, whether we see it or not.” – Nobel Prize-winning poet Octavio Paz
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufino_Tamayo

Q If there was one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be? Why?

CN Tamayo, I’d like to know everything about his process…how it all starts for him. I would have liked to see how he creates a painting, from the very beginning with the texture he laid down on his canvases before any paint.


Can you believe that, to say that ours is the only path when the fundamental thing in art is freedom!  In art, there are millions of paths, as many paths as there are artists.  – Rufino Tamayo 1899-1991
Can you believe that, to say that ours is the only path when the fundamental thing in art is freedom! In art, there are millions of paths, as many paths as there are artists. – Rufino Tamayo 1899-1991

A NIVEL. Claudia Nery. Oil on prepared board 8 x 8 inches
A NIVEL. Claudia Nery. Oil on prepared board 8 x 8 inches

Q If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?

CN To have the canvases already primed, so it would take me a little less time to prepare them and get to the best part, creating a piece.


Claudia’s Studio
Claudia’s Studio

Q If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?

CN Her artwork is inspired by ethnic art


One of Claudia’s newest works in the gallery.  DE PIQUITO oil on prepared board 12 x 16 inches
One of Claudia’s newest works in the gallery. DE PIQUITO oil on prepared board 12 x 16 inches

Q What quality in others makes you want to slap them?

CN Egocentric people, racists and those who despise animals.

Q Art is so subjective, what kind of art is unappealing to you?

CN Art manifests itself everywhere and its value depends on who is perceiving it. I’m only repelled by grotesque and violent art.

Q What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration or career?

CN When I first started painting a colleague told me that I was entering into a very difficult and underpaid world. I replied that nothing was impossible. Since the beginning, my instinct has told me that my art would transcend. That pessimistic advice would mark me forever.


LAS SENALES. Claudia Nery, oil on prepared board  14 x 14 inches
LAS SENALES. Claudia Nery, oil on prepared board 14 x 14 inches

Q What is most important to you…the subject, the process or the final work?

CN The final result.


LA ESTATUA. oil on board 12 x 12 inches
LA ESTATUA. oil on board 12 x 12 inches

Q If your work was edible, what would it taste like?

CN It would taste like fruit.

Q What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies?

CN My good health is all I need.