From the Studio of… Adrian Caicedo

Each week we visit a Saatchi Online artist to share a glimpse into their studio, a peek inside their sketchbooks, and best of all, insight into their inspirations. Read on to discover more about Colombian-born, France-based artist Adrian Caicedo.

Adrian in his studio

What themes do you pursue?
I don’t have a particular theme I work with yet, but I like that enigmatic and unstable side of human nature. A complete factory of chimeras.

How many years as an artist?
16 years painting, but I really feel that I’ve just started.

Adrian’s studio

Sketchbook?
I rarely use it.

Where is your studio?
I just started in a new place. A retired friend offered me a separated room in his workshop with enough light, and a wall where I can work larger formats; all for free. He’s a taxidermist so, in that room, I have my own private public watching, with disturbing realism.

Favorite eats?
I miss the hamburgers from Cali – Colombia!! Also Italian food.

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Tattoos?
Yes, I have two of them. The representation of death in my back, it is a big obsession of mine.

iTunes or records?
Records.

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Succulents or Cigarettes?
I quit cigarettes a few years ago, so the only thing left are succulents!

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
You have poetry in your painting, which you should conserve, even without knowing where it will take you. However, that is the small secret of painting.

What’s around the corner from your place?
Le chemin vert, a long passage of huge trees that lead you to the lake of the town. I had the pleasure of walking through it in the four seasons, which was really nice.

A piece of art you love?
Girl with a Pearl Earring. With this beautiful and ephemeral gesture, captured in time by Vermeer, I realized the power of painting.

At work

Favorite place to ‘get away’?
Any place where I can immerse my body in water, but my ideal is the sea.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
Music!!

A work-in-progress

Where can we find you outside the studio?
At my friend’s place or moving around the streets of the city on my bicycle.

Psychedelics?
Not useful to me.

Favorite contemporary artist?
Adrian Ghenie, Connor Harrington, Jerome Zonder…

Day job?
Occasionally.

Process> Concept or Process < Concept?
Process is more important to me.

Would you rather be able to make a living as an artist now or become famous after you die?
I want to live as an artist now.

Going deaf or going blind?
I could not live without light and colors…

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
The hallucinogenic Toreador of Dalí. I was lost in front of that painting. It is the most beautiful synthesis of all his iconography.

Favorite sound?
The sound of thunder that rips the sky, and disappears into echoes through space.

Favorite smell?
A woman’s head.

What was the uncomfortable situation you have ever survived?
Every public speech is uncomfortable for me.

Why do you make art?
At some point I realized that it was the only thing I wanted to do. When I paint there’s no time around, and you reside in other space. It’s some kind of real freedom and I like that.

Art School or Self-taught?
Both. I have been painting since I was 16, but I went to art school until I was 21. There was no support for artists interested in other stuff than conceptual, so I was involved in other art processes, and my work as a painter was really slow and marginal. I have been in France since 2010 because I had the opportunity to study here, and this time I decided to just paint. I found a great place to do it, easy access to materials, less expensive, and a good tutor that upsets me a lot, still that helped me learn to never be comfortable with what I knew. I’ve rediscovered the pleasure of painting once again. This has been a long process, however it has allowed me to taste a little bit of everything, so I can definitely say I’m a painter. There are so many talented artists that work without a school involved, and that’s really great because art school always has the risk of killing your spirit.

What do you collect?
I’m not a Collector.

Which living or dead artist would you most like to meet?
Goya, so I could hear him talk vociferously, about his caprices series.

Food or Sleep?
Sleep!

Greatest achievement?
Still coming.

Finish the sentence: I would never be caught dead….
In a frenzied, irrational crowd.

How cleanly do you work?
In front of a canvas, a large percentage of paint ends up on my body and unexpected places.

Mottos or catchphrases?
Too many stars, so few ideas… Dan Perjovschi

Astrology or Astronomy?
Astronomy

Would you ever figure model naked?
I already did for a drawing workshop. Sometimes their approach was the movement, so my partner and I were dancing la salsa for two hours. It was interesting to see how we were digested by the glance of other artists.

Religion or Pop Culture?
Pop culture. At this moment we have introduced all in this category, even history and religion. So I think it is inevitable.

Which artist would you have decorate your home?
I like emptiness in home.

Couch surf or hotel?
Hotel, I like to make my own mess, in an ordered space, that doesn’t belong to me.

Would you rather see your art on a t-shirt or on a billboard?
I really don’t care about that, I just ask for time to see my work.

Traditional or Conceptual?
They work together, but I think I’m more traditional.

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41 Comments

  1. jo beer says:

    Great work…but what a shame such odd questions were asked, some of them have nothing to do with your skill and better belong in a 1980′s edition of Smash Hits magazine.

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    • Hermit says:

      I think they’re a generic set of questions that all the artists that have done the “From the studio of…” interviews receive (I doubt the interviews aren’t done in person). The artist gets to choose the ones they want to answer. I find it very fascinating seeing their choices and the differing answers they give.

      Not sure which ones I’d go for, or what answers I’d give. I suppose I’d have to cross that bridge if I ever got to it.

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  2. Hermit says:

    Oh, and by the way, you’re artwork is superb, Adrian. You’ve got a good mix of themes in there that are well executed :)

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  3. Marc says:

    Great stuff! Chapeau:) Love it!

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  4. Heidi says:

    I especially like what you say about art schools…

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  5. J Paul Heiner says:

    LOVE the work!. . . and enjoyed the thoughtful, refreshing responses. Bravo!

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  6. Gabrill says:

    Hi, Adrian…….wonderful paintings. And your studio ,oh, your chaos is wonderful so..
    I see, i liked and i think – i am not alone with chaos

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    • Adrian says:

      OOhh you r not alone at all ! :) That was at begining of my studio. you should see my wall right now, it’s so beautyfull. It only speaks of that continuous struggle against the emptiness of the canvas!!
      Thanks a lot!

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  7. MARIN says:

    HOLA ADRIAN ME ENCANTA TU TRABAJO ERES UN VERDADERO ARTISTA. TUS PINTURAS TRASMITEN ENORMES SENTIMIENTOS Y PENSAMIENTOS. FELICITACIONES.

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  8. LORE says:

    J’ADORE TON TRAVAIL. BRAVO!!!!

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  9. Carlos says:

    Congratulations Big Head, I hope buy the QR paint for my home.

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  10. andres says:

    se nota una clara evolucion en todos los detalles de la obra.. los colores, la composicion, las ideas… son obra hermosas que prometen mucho. el artista nos habla de su proceso de vida pero tambien de una por fin anhelada calma.
    su tecnica es interesante e incita al mundo imaginario.

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    • Adrian says:

      Gracias Andres por estas palabras, parece que me conocieras de hace mucho!! Que viva Bitaco?? jeje un abrazo!!

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  11. Ana says:

    ‘Evanescence’ … just wonderful, great illumination.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Стерильная мастерская – ” КЛАДБИЩЕ ЖИВОТНЫХ ” – художник ЭТО АДСКИЙ замес !!!!По-русски КОЖА,МЁД,ГАВНО и ГВОЗДИ !!!
    ПО-тяжёлому мыслишь товарищ!!!

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  13. Dan Civa says:

    Hi Adrian.

    Your art works is interesting, and I like to see the well organized mess in your studio. It seems like you want to tell a story in every of your art work, that is good. In that way your art is a book of fascinating expressions in controlled colours.

    I think you have surrealistic ideas with fragments of items from life itself. To observe things in life, and express the feelings in good art works, is a promoting quality that comes close to scientific thinking and the need of discover new ways of existence and to show other perspectives in the world around us,

    Good luck for you in your future art life.

    Welcome to visit my site = http://www.dancivagallery.dk

    Greetings from Danish artist and writer

    Dan Civa

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  14. Brinda says:

    Wonderful paintings!

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  15. Kelly Jill says:

    It’s wonderful that you found the passion to paint again. I love the mix of conceptual and abstract in your work. Congratulations!

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  16. me gusta mucho tu trabajo y tu estudio… adelante!!!!!

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    • Adrian says:

      Muchas Gracias Jaël, ME gustan mucho tus ilustraciones. Qué afortunada eres de poder viajar por el mundo y transmitirlo a traves de tu trabajo!!

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  17. Kerstin says:

    Hi Adrian,
    Amazing…..great art work. I’m impressed about your work.
    I wish you great success and many collectors ;-)
    Greetings from Germany…

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  18. Judy Jones says:

    Nice to see the messy studio space..I am not alone then. love your work and your poetic sensibility. I wish you well ;-) )

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  19. mohammed hossain says:

    I am very glad to visit here today in very well-organised and properly managed event.I wish best of luck to Sattchi Gallery members and staffs.

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  20. HECTOR NARVAEZ says:

    Hola hijo…me maravillo de tu expresión a través de la pintura. Felicitaciones!!!
    Tu comentario sobre la muerte como obsesión: siento que la vida ES debido a la muerte…la muerte se manifiesta debido a la vida y la vida la experimentamos…en la muerte no hay consciencia para experimentarla. La muerte es transformar la vida humana en la vida Luz, es el subconsciente a nivel del Alma.
    Gracias por existir…tu papá que te ama xsiempre. HECTOR NARVAEZ

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  21. Tia Jenny says:

    Que maravilla de obras Yan, no habia notado el tamano. Preciosas.Muy orgullosa mi querido sobrinito.

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  22. Juan henao says:

    Como me gusta verte triunfar….. Un abrazote Adrián… Acá te espero para ir al mar ps ;)

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  23. carol says:

    love the colours in your work!!
    congrats and keep at it!!

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