1. What and who inspires you?
Everything and everyone…. Moves me wanting to convey something.
Important people in my life, say that I’m always in the wonderland and it’s not far from the truth because I’m always in abstraction, which is completely natural to me and I actually “travel” enough without leaving the same place. Depending on the desires and experiences that I have in my “Getaways” of reality, the wills of creation happens.
2. What does Mara Alves stand for as an artist?
Well, like I said, it moves me wanting to convey something…I want to make a difference through my work, not just for me, but also for others… I’m still finding out, working on it, but I will get there!
3. Who are your role models and why?
I believe that people that pass through our lives and the experiences that we have had, happen with a purpose, so I can say that my role models were made with time through all that experiences and people… that’s what made me who I am today.
4. 2014 has been a very successful year for you. What have been your highlights?
Without doubt it has been a year full of good opportunities and I can say that my highlights were when I began to collaborate with the Debut Contemporary with whom I’ve already done 3 important exhibitions, and recently my group exhibition in Florence that was a huge success.
5. What is next for Mara Alves and what will 2015 bring?
I am currently working on three huge projects for 2015/2016 that will cross Portugal and London in the art scene and will be very important. I’m betting and devoting all of my time and work on them… I am also working on my new project to present on my solo exhibition at Debut Contemporary.
What more can I say? Stay tuned!
6. How has Debut helped you become a more established artist?
I remember the first 1-2-1 with the Gallery founder and CEO, Samir Ceric, who told me that we could spend our lives alone, but that would be a very poor life and empty of meaning… never forgot this sentence and in fact it is true … we all need someone to help us giving that meaning that we need and we as artists, who are sometimes in the middle of thoughts and feelings, we really need to be targeted, because we are able to create but then the question becomes: where am I or where to? The Debut has an intensive program with the artists not only on the level of training with the best professionals in all areas, but also a very well thought-out and individual mentoring that adjusts to each artist, depending on the state or goals in which each artist is. It has been a precious collaboration and has been an important guideline to me.
7. What was your experience with the Florence exhibition?
Couldn’t have been better … The most important was the process of creating for this exhibition. This exhibition was entered in the Festival of Contemporary Art in Florence (Contemporary Visions) and I didn’t want to lose the connection to the classic and artistic past that exists in Florence. It was undoubtedly one of the series that I loved doing, almost an homage to the great Italian masters and be able to be there, in that passionate city and at the same time showing my works … a dream come true!
I really like the gallery and the environment, as well as the works of the other artists who were simply fantastic.
8. What is the Portuguese art scene like?
I feel that has begun to awaken, new talents are appearing and new wills are happening in the culture of the country.
We still have to break some barriers but I believe we’re on the right track!
9. Where would you love to live and why?
London, because the first time I was there I felt instantly part of the town… because it’s a city that never sleeps and still is the Mecca of the art scene.
10. Anything else you’d like to tell our readers?