My name is Sergio Ventí.
I was born in Brasil in 1978.. I´ve been living in México for the last 33 years.
Art is not that difficult to define. But let me take us back, if you will, to the moment where it all started for me.
I think it was very early... Art is a way to theatricalize reality and make it comprehensible… and stretching its meanings and posiibilities…
Every child draws, and thus, I started really early, making marks on paper, and later on wood.
On the first childhood home I have memory of we had a small warehouse where a few things were kept. I can remember going in there and staring at this rusty and incomprehensible tools to my eyes and mind. One time I went there. Messing up the whole place I found this old and dirty boards made of wood. I instinctively took some pieces of rocks or pieces of the wall lying on the floor and started scratching on the boards. On a natural way it became a regular practice. It seemed to relax me and allowed me to found my center. Suddenly I found myself on another state of being. I found myself being a different person and perceiving reality and life in a different way. Of course I didn´t had the vocabulary or the thoughts to describe it or take a hold of that. But I felt it!... I knew it… Something had changed in me, and it had no other way but to go forward.
I believe art is much necessary to get in touch with our feelings and with those sensation on the body we call emotions. The raw material of art is emotions. Nevertheless is important to understand that emotions have a mind of their own, its own unique way to pave the way to understanding and knowledge. That quality comes with the practice of art.
We are fundamentally emotional and irrational beings and we act upon that base. That is the beauty of our mystery, but it also can be, if we do not acknowledge it and familiarize with it, the source of our disgrace as individuals and as the human species we are part of and belong to.
That is why art helps us to know ourselves better, and to relate with ours and others peoples emotions in a more consonant or sympathetic way.
It is also an excellent medium to socialize and bring people to a common ground of experience, creating empathy, understanding, shared joy and an invaulable opportunity for self-expression, essential to come into possesion of a sense of value and esteem for one self. All of these so necessary for the world to be a truly place brimming with creativity and less destructiveness.
Will art make the world a better place? Not neccesarily. But it can help in producing less damage in the process of the expression of our duality… the beautiful and noble side of us, and the not so beautiful and noble side of us.
So… What is it that I do? What is my art about? What am I trying to express or communicate?
Basically… My emotions… Who I am… How I wish the world to be…
The emotion in its most pure state. Transformed in symbol and being capable to function as a container to awaken and serve as catalyzer to the most diverse emotions and imaginations.
And of course, there´s a lot more to it. Meaning by these, the process of making it.
I´ll be glad to share these with you on the comments of each of my artworks and through other mediums.
Thank you for sharing your time.
A Continued Beginning