Guillermo Martín Bermejo welcomed Formidable Mag to his home in Madrid just before presenting his artist’s book, El Vencedor Oculto.
Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.
Formidable Magazine. What was your first creative drive?
Guillermo Martín Bermejo. I don’t remember. Drawing is something physiological to me. Whether consciously or unconsciously I remember myself drawing all my life.
F.M. Is there a defining moment that made you realize art was something more than a hobbie?
G.M.B. If someone does not eat or sleep he dies. Drawing is the same to me, it’s something deeper than a choosen career or profession, therefore there is not such a moment or experience.
F.M. Inspirational artists?
G.M.B. Probably Macel Proust is the single artist that has influenced my work the most. Also Otto Meyer-Andem has a big impact on me.
F.M. How would you define your work?
G.M.B. My work is about freezing time. You just can’t tell whether the story has already happen or is to happend yet. Or even if somethig will happend at all. I’m interested in that moment of doubt, on that undefined moment.
F.M. What’s in your playlist?
G.M.B. I always work with music. These days I’m back to the Jesus and Mary Chain and Adam Green.
F.M. What film is your your life like?
G.M.B. It would depend on the moment. My joyful times are like the musical An American in Paris by Vincente Minnelli. My sadder moments would be like Days of Wine and Roses by Blake Edwards. And the more action like moments would be like The Searchers by John Ford.
F.M. How is a day in the life of Guillermo Martín Bermejo?
G.M.B. I work as assistant in a contemporary art gallery. Otherwise it’s drawing and drawing… for hours, I can even forget to eat or to sleep.
F.M. Best and worst night out?
G.M.B. Best would be a mild summer night in a little village near Segovia, Spain, where I usually spend my summers with my family. Worst night… in an intercontinental flight.
F.M. What do you love and hate about Madrid?
G.M.B. Love Gran Via avenue, to me it embodies what Madrid is all about. And I hate its government.
F.M. Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?
G.M.B. Drawing, of course. That one moment when I’m so into it, I could get myself lost forever.
‘Amor incondicional’ 2014. Pencil on old notebook paper. 18 x 14 cm.
‘El escondite’ 2013. Pencil on old notebook paper. 21 x 13 cm.
‘Le lion imberbe’ 2014. Pencil on old notebook paper. 14 x 9 cm.
San Jerónimo en el desierto’ 2014. Pencil on old notebook paper. 14 x 9 cm.
‘L’indifférent’ 2014. Pencil on book cover. 18,5 x 12 cm.
‘San Jorge y el dragón’ 2014. Pencil on old notebook paper. 14 x 9 cm.
‘El llanto de Sebastián’ 2013. Pencil on old notebook paper. 21 x 13 cm.
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