Ignacio Perez Jofre
1965 · Spain
For Ignacio Pérez-Jofre (Madrid, 1965) painting by observing the subject directly is like a performance. And also an action of resistance in the world of social networks, instant messaging and post-photography. He considers that looking at a stone, a tree or a glass of water is a political stance. An act of subversion. That is why his work as an artist is focused on observation, description and reflection on the visible, seeking to be very concrete. He identifies with the idea of everyday life: objects, people and places in his immediate environment become a constant source of attention, contemplation and study.
This direct observation of fragments of reality and its translation into a pictorial or drawing medium encourages him to paint from nature frequently (with great technical skill), which emphasizes the importance of proximity and the experience of the specific space and moment.
This has led him to work very intensely in urban space, which is used as an object but also as the subject of his pictorial actions, as he can often be found painting on party walls or abandoned walls in front of an audience that, in turn, watches him in curiosity. At other times it is objects found in this environment, such as boards, torn up posters, rubble or paper napkins from bars that he uses as a support for his works, always giving the painting of nature a circumstantial component that he decides to share with the spectator and that has nothing to do with the old realisms and his vocation to recreate an objectivity that has been questioned for a long time.
In his latest works, showing objectively the urban environment has led him to deposit papers on the road or sidewalks for days or weeks so that its own relief, the dirt of the streets, the wheels of the cars, the soles of the shoes of anonymous passers-by, the unpredictable atmospheric conditions and, above all, the course of time, all together, contribute to create pieces of extraordinary texture and subtle colour, difficult to obtain by other means.
Pérez-Jofre is also a curator and Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Pontevedra and regularly exhibits his work in galleries and museums in Spain. His work is represented in private and public collections such as the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea and the University of Salamanca.