Today we’d like to introduce you to Ignacio Goitia.
Ignacio, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since I was a child, I was very clear about my future: I really wanted to be a painter. I studied Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country, as well as in England and Italy, so I developed a very personal style where I reconstruct a parallel reality in which all my interests, fantasies and ideals come together.
Traveling is a constant source of inspiration, I am particularly interested in playing with time and space, in my paintings in the past, the present and the future coexist in the same moment.
On one of my first trips to Miami, I met Alejandro Muguerza, president of Le Basque catering and productions, who became my partner, and since then I live between Bilbao (Spain) and Miami.
Every year, I have exhibitions of my artwork in different cities around the world, one of the last was in Miami’s Dot Fiftyone gallery in the interesting Miami River neighborhood where the art galleries of the city are moving there from Wynwood. My last order to date has been painting a “fresco” ceiling in a large dining room in a private castle located in the French Valley of the Loire, a kind of dream come true.
At the moment, I am preparing for next year, a new exhibition for the city of Monterrey (Mexico) and a large retrospective exhibition of my last 30 years of work for an important exhibition hall in Bilbao (Spain), my hometown.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, it has not been a smooth road, but very exciting. The beginnings were not easy but thanks to my willpower, my determination and the desire to fight for what I believed, I gradually created my place in the art world, I still have a lot to create and work but I am happy with the results achieved up to now.
I remember once in my hardest years, when I was on my way to Madrid in a van full of all my paintings for a new exhibition in a well-known gallery in that city, I was thinking that if that exhibition did not go well, I did not know if I could continue in the future as an artist or if I would have to do something else. Fortunately, the exhibition was a success and it gave me strength enough to continue my career.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Actually, my company is myself, and I have specialized, if it is a specialization, in reflecting through my paintings my own interests but trying to reach a universal language, that everyone can understand by doing a little effort.
What I am most proud of is that I never lost the freedom to create and express what I feel.
I guess my personal style and my way of reinventing the world through my paintings is what sets me apart from others.
What were you like growing up?
I suppose that like almost all the artists that work on this field, I would like more and more people to be able to enjoy my work by visiting it in the best and most interesting places as possible.
Personally, I would like to continue enjoying as much or more than I am now
- Address: You can see my work in Miami in: Dot Fiftyone Gallery
7275 NE 4th Ave Miami, FL 33138
- Website: www.ignaciogoitia.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The artist in front of his differents artworks