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“A free spirit that through its art reflects desires for peace and unity.”

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Interview with Andrés Mariani.“Reason can give us science, but only the unconscious can produce art”: Sigmund Freud. This is what Andrés Mariani says, a free spirit who cannot be reduced to any kind of artistic influence, neither nation nor thematic nor inheritance. A man with style and vision of his own who through his art reflects his desires for peace and union. Within the framework of the Copa Libertadores, the outstanding Rosario artist resident of Barcelona, presents his latest work today in Buenos Aires and generously shares his words about his opinions, ideas and emotions. - Why are you returning to Argentina today? -I came to bring a play to auction at the Boca party for a charity purpose, it's always nice to come back. I've been living in Barcelona for 10 years. Inspired by Lio's football and getting to know his family, I started painting for the Barcelona club and from there I did work for different clubs in Europe, always motivated by the fan's passion. Then in Argentina there was just the Superclassic already having painted this work. - How did you find Argentina? - Something that struck me socially about Argentina is that they have to play these popular festivities, the best Argentinean party, behind closed doors for the visitor's fans. I think a great attraction is lost, since in Europe the fans have neither the attraction nor the Argentine passion for football. Then I painted this work reflecting the two Boca-River passions united by the Copa Libertadores, in order to convey that even in the rivalry it is possible to encounter. − What is your perspective on Argentina living in another country? - The truth is that I knew more Argentina while in Europe than having been born and lived in Argentina 38 years of my life. - How do you think about Argentines? “ We are poorly educated, always looking at the United States and Europe and they don't teach us to see Argentina's wealth and how beautiful our country is. We are a country of immigrants who instilled in Spain as the motherland and Italy as our second home, and all this is done from a young age. - What do you miss? -Mainly social, humor, improvisation. All this does not exist on the old continent, it is the opposite. And the roast and the mate! - Would you come back? -Yes. I'm actually planning it. For now it's going to be a come and go. − What is the origin of being an artist? - In my childhood, I made cartoons and portraits and saw my father who was a aeromoder and was always working with his hands. - Any Argentinean who inspired you? - When I was 11 years old, I came to Buenos Aires to represent Rosario in a painting contest and won. That marked me. My parents supported me to go to the painting side, the illustration side. I lived near the Negro Fontanarrosa and one day I went to visit him with my little card of drawings and he asked me several times: “What are you, Andrés?”. I said “a boy.” And he said, “You have to answer, 'I'm a cartoonist!'”. Another story is that I got my military service in Chubut. They put us all in a compound and gave us a sheet and a pencil to write down what we knew how to do. I raised my hand and said, “I can draw, what do I do?”. And they said, “Draw something stupid!“. I drew a soldier and a tank and then they put me to draw to make the T-shirts for all the soldiers. They were selling them. − What are your projects? - Make 12 works for Boca and 12 for River, which will be a calendar. I want to tour Argentina with an itinerant exhibition and leave in each province a work reflecting what is typical of each area. − What message would you give to Argentines through your work? - Love each other more, admire each other more. It's a great country with very good people and we're not seeing it.

Publication Date: 17/11/2018

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