Pride Month 2020
For LGBTQ Month The New Current is launching our new series of features with LGBTQ creatives from across the arts and from around the world. Cachorro is a celebrated multidisciplinary Spanish artist who can be seen in Noel Alejandro groundbreaking short film Serodiscordantes and he has recently published his book Dilemas y cowboys, more info here.
Hi Cachorro thank you for talking to TNC, how are you enjoying your freedom now lockdown has been slightly lifted?
Well, at first I had a terrible time getting used to this, like I literally had no clue what was going to happen next… and then I started enjoying this free time at home, Ive been able to do many things, create, cook, read the many books I had pending to read, draw, make new music, I finished writing my first book which will be published this month!
Has this time offered you new creative inspirations?
ABSOLUTELY! Time and evasion are two of the most important parts of creativity.
Where did your passion for art come from?
I have always been a very creative child. The thing is back then I used to focus it more on music and fashion. Then I discovered art and my mind was blown.
What inspires your art?
Everything, everyday, everytime, can be inspiring. I take inspiration from everything that surrounds me, I am hugely capable of finding poetry in everything I can feel.
When you started out in art when did you realise you didn't want to become a multidisciplinary artist?
Multidisciplinary is a word I adore, how could I focus on one single discipline if I am so constantly inspired? Also, I love discovering new techniques and disciplines. Jack of all trades, master of none, they say.
What was your experience publicly exhibiting your work for the first time?
That was something I really wanted to do for a very long time, so I just did it. I went for it. It is when your art faces the public when you know if it's worth or not. Art must have an audience to be art. I’ve always believed in that.
Your work is bold, colourful and thought-provoking, how did you develop this unique style?
To me this was a way of going against everything people told me I should be. This happened a lot during my art school time.I see all these illustrators working with such pure and delicate and realistic techniques, which I appreciate, but it's just not for me. I want it raw, fresh, pure. For me it's more about passion than anything else. Just don't overthink, lines should communicate ideas, concepts, not always beauty!
The Los Santos series is breathtaking, can you tell me a little bit about how this series came about?
I am literally obsessed with Saint Sebastian. So I keep on investigating every year about it, and representing it in different ways, this was one of them, kind of a research. At that time I was focused on different tribal representations, and the work of Picasso, and Basquiat and Warhols collaborative and separate artworks.
What was it about San Sebastian that inspired you so much?
The way we,the gays, have turned him into a homoerotical icon is huge.Plus, his story is a very curious one.
How important is it for you as an artist to continue to push yourself and the boundaries of your art?
I am ambitious, so it's kind of a need, like breathing oxygen.
What does your art say about you?
“Sad and horny”.
If one sees art strictly through the eyes of commercialism, has it ever been hard for you to give up a piece to sell, have you ever become too attached to a piece of work that you've not wanted to part with?
Never. I understand how it works, and I never get attached to a piece so much as sell it. I am tremendously happy when I see my artwork making people joyful in their homes.
How much has your approach to your art changed since you started out?
With time I’ve become more confident in what I do. It's curious that most of my haters are actually gays who try to discredit me by limiting my art to being “drawings of penises”. It's so sad the amount of hatred our community has to deal within itself. That simplification of the poliedric human I am, the many things I do, of my reivindicativa art, makes me more confident and braver everytime, it gives me the power to keep on creating and hoping for a better and more kind community.
"I always like people to feel empowered, that is always a difficult and hard work to do."
And finally, what do you hope people take away from your work?
I would like them to see it as one of the many pieces of a time, of a moment of history, of a community, one of the many and positive ways of being queer and expressing ideas nowadays. A voice speaking for freedom. I always like people to feel empowered, that is always a difficult and hard work to do.