Isabel Alonso Vega, painter and sculptor from Madrid, Spain. Photography © I. Alonso Vega
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I am a sculptor. I do acrylic cases inside which, transparent layers, stained with soot are superposed, creating an illusion of three dimensional body. I work with smoke most of the times. I use black as my main colour and as an opposing idea sometimes I paint with real fine gold. My work is a mystic abstract work that uses personal fear as a raw material playing with real and organic forms.
I started working with smoke many years ago. I use to work in two dimensions, then I started to experiment with layers what brought me to sculpture. In 2013 I started to give shape and be an active part of the Art Center Urgel 3 in Madrid. This organisation promotes international interaction between European artists through residencies, art exhibitions, international Art Fairs etc.
My work was shown in numerous galleries in Europe such as Löwenbrau Kunst Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland), in Ulf Larsson Gallery (Cologne, Germany), White Noise Gallery (Rome, Italy) among others. I has also participated various international art fairs: Art verona 2018, Positions Berlin 2018, Affordable Art Hong Kong 2018, Scope Miami 2016/2017, Scope New York 2017, Scope Basel 2017, Art Madrid 2018, Just Madrid 2018, just Lisboa 2018, Context Miami 2018.and is represented by Flecha in Spain and other foreign Art Galleries.
2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?
Neues Museum Berlin is one of my favourites. The incredible architectural proyect of Chipperfield and the vast collection of early history shown with a delicate and misterious lighting, as well as its convulsed history makes it intensely attractive to me.
3.How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why.
They can be very important. I can contact other artists, watch their progress, other galleries and even some times collectors that could bee interested in my work. Mostly Instagram.
4.What are your future projects?
My future project is a duo show in Marrakech with Bence Magyarlaki, my mate in Montresso art residency in Marrakesh where both of us apart from 10 to 15 more artists, work and live together for beautiful periods of to me.
Interview by Fabio Pariante, journalist
Isabel Alonso Vega (Madrid, 1968) is a Spanish painter and sculptor who trained at the Fine Arts at Universidad Complutense in Madrid in 1991.
Her work is based on overlapping plexiglass plates painted with different techniques such as acrylic, soot or leaf gold, enclosed in transparent cases that give the illusion of suspension of the represented form, usually black and red. Each shape transmits to the user a sense of lightness and freedom at the same time.
Alonso Vega’s works have been shown in both solo and group shows in Spain, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. The artist lives and works between Madrid and Berlin.