The Art of Andrea Hurtarte
“An exploration between the juxtaposition of spontaneity and the possibilities of the line.”
Andrea Hurtarte, born to Guatemalan parents in 1988, is an imminent visual artist practicing in her hometown of Montreal. Although her passion for painting and drawing started at a very early age, her love for watercolor really flourished during her studies at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University School of Fine Art and has continually led to a profound exploration of the medium. Hurtarte’s artwork has a strong sense of spatial depth due to her architectural training in the Master's Professional Program at the Université de Montréal. She is currently operating her own studio, ANML, to pursue an exploration between the juxtaposition of spontaneity and the possibilities of the line.
Q: When did you start painting?
A: I’ve been drawing and painting since my childhood. It’s always been second nature to me. I just love it.
Q: Do you consider yourself a minimalist?
A: In some levels, I do. I try to convey the essence of a feeling or an emotion without excess, removing all cumbersome details. I believe that minimalism is putting as much thought and importance in what you do as well as what you don’t. The white space I leave on the page is thoughtful and intentional.
Q: When you start on a blank canvas, do you just go with your inspiration or you plan your work before?
A: I usually just go with my inspiration. Some of my favourite pieces, and most popular with the public, are the ones I don’t approach with a particular intention. I believe that’s when I create more emotional and authentic work and people can feel it. I wish I was able to plan my pieces in advance, but for now, they are more like a glimpse of how or what I was feeling at the time.
It’s with delicateness and minimalist gestures that Andrea, a graduated Latina student in architecture, executes her thoroughly balanced figures. Her artworks never have a superfluous line or a missing colour. They intertwine in perfect harmony between her smooth and precise lines and her chosen color theme which is very pleasing to the eyes. It is a tribute to the women’s body well rendered. You can visit her website if you’re interested in having one of those beautiful prints in your home!
Q: Describe the process of your work.
A: A large part of my process is simply passive observation. I’m constantly thinking about my work, sometimes consciously, sometimes not. I often find myself analysing colors, shades, light and how it reveals lines and defines space and form. I also have so many reference images that I look at while creating, trying to achieve a specific palette, shade or shape. Always trying to do without superfluous details, I’m continuously evaluating when to stop. Some days are better creative days than others. You just have to keep coming back to that blank page.
Q: Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
A: Light. Light creates and reveals everything. I believe it is such an important part of creating visuals. Perhaps my architectural background has influenced me to pay particular attention to lighting.
Q: Would you like to expand your talent in another field?
A: I realise how much architecture influences my present work. I believe that applying a certain set of skills on to another field always makes for an interesting outcome. I hope to have the possibility to keep learning and to translate my point of view into different disciplines. Which ones, is less important to me than the intention of a particular project.
Q: How do you connect with your art? How do you connect with your audience?
A: I connect with my art, as well as with my audience, emotionally. I try to put out authentic emotions. I think my audience cares for that, for the authenticity, the empowerment and confidence I intend to put out through my work. Instagram has been the perfect platform for my art. It has allowed me to interact with people on a daily basis. This creates a sense of familiarity, making it easy for people to contact me directly, which I appreciate so much.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: Anything has the potential to inspire me. From a movie, to walking through the city or a recent experience may spark something in me, that requires me to paint. Sometimes it is as simple as a beautiful color and other times, it may be a more complex notion that I will try to interpret. However, for myself, inspiration isn’t enough, I draw from confidence, values, emotions and vulnerability in order to create.
Q: What’s your favorite artwork/artist?
A: The emotion Frida Kahlo conveys through her art, truly moves me. Moreover, the fact that I was exposed to such a powerful example of a Latina in the arts, at a young age, definitely inspired me. As a woman of color, I know the importance of representation and I was lucky to have Frida Kahlo exist, as both, an impactful artist and a proud Mexican woman.
Q: What is your ultimate goal regarding your art?
A: I hope to be able to create art my entire life. The end goal is to communicate and to evoke emotion in others. To express universal sentiments, in order to ultimately demonstrate that inside we are all the same. Furthermore, I wish to emphasize what connects us, as opposed to what has the power to divide, the latter being truly superfluous.