"I perceive when a painting is finished when it fills my every sense, for color and form are harmoniously fused."
Anibal Porras offers us a rich cultural universe with the strength of his expressive paintings, leaving no doubt as to its authentic impressionist conception. He is a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts, and his painting not only captures the light of the Andes - it essentially captures the rhythm of the Andean heart as it beats to the tune of fairs filled with color and happiness, which he depicts with the tenderness of a ceramist for he is also part of this vast majority.
"I was born in a village of artisans, I come from a family of artisans and it is from there that my influence comes when deciding to dedicate my life to art. I started painting and drawing during my teenage years and by studying at the National School of Fine Arts I confirmed my artistic vocation. I consider my work to be Peruvian-Folk-Figurative-Impressionist. I explore my country and countrymen and their feelings, and have depicted their way of life for more than twenty years. My paintings transmit the customs of our present idiosyncrasies, thus rescuing our identity and culture.
"I prefer to work with oil on canvas in the classic brush technique, although sometimes I use the spatula and even combine the two. I like to draw a sketch first to have a clear idea of what I want to achieve in color and composition, so I arrive at the canvas ready to start the dying and priming. I might vary as I go along if I don't like what's coming out - in extreme cases I might even change the whole composition. Perhaps to do so isn't very academic but one must adapt to the pictorial circumstances. I perceive when a painting is finished when it fills my every sense, for color and form are harmoniously fused. I like earth and ochre tones.
"I have participated in various individual and collective exhibitions in Peru as well as in Bolivia and Chile. I've exhibited at the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute (ICPNA) where I was awarded an Honorary Mention, and also at the Peruvian-German Institute and even at the Young Villages of my country.
"I think the expression of Peruvian art is a challenge for every artist. In my particular case I took the challenge and I understood it as such. I have never had cause to repent, for portraying my country and my race makes me happy.
"To those who see me through Novica I can say that my painting has the genuine virtue of its colors, its costumes, and other details that depict my Andean country in the quotidian poetry of life, where hope is renewed every day."
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