Nacho Martín Silva describes his work as psychological and introspective, and indeed it’s all about his very own private universe; expressionism and baroque, classical painting and film, Bacon with Velázquez and Rembrandt, pop culture, the history of art and comics…

Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.

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Nacho Martin silva, pensive mood byJuan Barte

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spanish artist Nacho Martín silva photographed by Juan Barte

Formidable Magazine: What was your first creative drive?
Nacho Martín Silva: Already when I was a kid I expressed myself through drawings and visuals. Then it came to a point when I realized I was no good for any other thing.
F.M: Is there a defining moment that made you realize art was your thing?
N.M.S: I think it was when I finished high school. You see, I just can’t work on something I don’t feel passionate about, and I decided art is something I could give my body and soul to.
F.M: Inspirational artists?
N.M.S:David lynch, Leonard Cohen, Diego Velazquez and Joseph Kosuth.
F.M: How would you define your work?
N.M.S: Psychological and introspective, may be psychological only. I think my work relates to both, my own and the audience psyche. When I take distance from my work and I look to a finished piece, it some how stimulates me.
F.M: What’s in your play list?
N.M.S:I love to listen to other people lists. I like the surprise factor, that’s why I also listen to the radio a lot. But in my own play list I could have Talking Heads, Beasty Boys, Sex Pistols, Leonard Cohen, La Chiqui de Jerez, Vangelis, Mozart…..
F.M: How is a day in the life of Nacho Martín?
N.M.S: It’s really boring. First I take my time for breakfast. I come to the  studio in public transportation what allows me to read, then I work all day and some times I meet friends for drinks afterwards, or I just go back home to relax.
F.M: You currently live in Madrid. What do you love and hate about Madrid?
N.M.S: I love its diversity and thrills, and I hate the noise pollution here.
F.M: Best and worst night out?
N.M.S: A good night out is hanging out with my friends. The worst night is when you go to sleep wounded and in pain.
F.M: Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?
N.M.S: Everyone of us. We all can make our life less ordinary.














Unbekanntes bild,detail. 16x24cm.

Unbekanntes bild, detail. 12x19cm.

Room. Oil-on-canvas. 190x145cm. 2013.

The big studio, the-painting. Oil on canvas. 180x300cm, 2012.

Nothing will be like before. Painting-installation. Oil on canvas, oil on wood. 200x250x-270. 2012.

Nothing will be like before, detail.

I saw the rainbow. Oil on canvas. 46x46cm. 2013.

Francoise gilot. Oil-on-canvas, 24x33cm. 2014.

Dora Maar IV. Oil on canvas, 33x22cm. 2013.

Beautiful light at lunchtime. Mixed media, 150x210cm. 2014.

1937, detail. Oil on canvas, 27x22cm.

1937, detail. Oil on canvas, 27x22cm.

41 ways. Oil on canvas, polyptych. 230x340cm. 2014.