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Mercedes Bellido

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Mercedes Bellido, born in Zaragoza (1991), moved to the city of Cuenca to study Fine Arts. She starts to take an interest in painting during her university classes, and decides to take it as the main technique for her work, complementing it with drawings and embroidery.

Once she finished her career, she moved to Madrid to complete her studies by taking a Master in Art and Creation Research in the Complutense University.

She has made several collaborations with the self-publishing fair Libros Mutantes in La Casa Encendida, such as a presentation of her sketchbook edited by Ediciones Puré in 2013 or her participation in the "Un Fanzine para Llevar" workshop in 2015. She carried out an intervention project with Plataforma PAC at the Feria Estampa (Madrid 2015). She took part in the III IKAS ART International Exhibition of University Art (Bilbao 2011) in collective exhibitions such as EXTENDED Festival of Emerging Art (Cuenca 2012-2013), "Poder Planetario" (Madrid 2015), "We don't care anymore" (Madrid 2015), "La primavera en la plaza" collective exhibition in Matadero Madrid (2016). For the past two years, she has made 3 individual exhibitions, PAPERBALL in the Espacio Lamosa (2014), NO HOME in Lasala de Zaragoza (2014), and "Todo muere bajo el sol" in Espacio Ananas, Madrid (2016). She has exhibited with the gallery Ananas in Just Mad in 2017.

We had the opportunity to talk with her during her exhibition in Valencia, "La noche, el ave de alas negras", held at the Plastic Murs gallery in March 2017, and this is the result.


1.-How would you define your work?

I would define my work as images that convey calmness and restlessness at the same time, that are made up by a collective imaginary, which I try to convey as recognisable as possible by using elements and codes to show my own dreamlike and personal world, at the same time made in a way it does not interfere with the personal interpretation of each viewer. I like that people can extrapolate the meaning of the images to their own experiences.


2.-Who do you consider a role model or what do you use as a source of inspiration?

De Chirico, Magritte, Hockney, or Rousseau are the names that always appear as my role models, and I always resort to them, among many others. I guess I could say they are the ones that have influenced me the most. Internet is another very important window to find inspiration.


3.-Which materials do you regularly use in your work?

I usually work in acrylic on paper and Indian inks.


4.-What do you expect from the paint?

That it continues to exist and that it allows me to continue learning in the process. You learn a lot, it demands effort, dedication, perseverance, and order. If something does not turn out as you expected, let it dry and start over. You must learn quickly to overcome frustration, especially when things do not work out for you.


5.-What is a must in your colour palette?

White is undoubtedly the colour that I use the most, although it cannot always be seen, but there is white in all my mixtures. Turquoise green in all its ranges is also quite recurring, as well as indigo blue or grey.


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*Pictures taken during the mural painted by Mercedes Bellido in the Plastic Murs gallery, using Chroma Color on the occasion of her exhibition.







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