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By Eden Gallery,
Posted Jan 05, 2023 ,
In Art Blog
In this interview for Eden Gallery, Eddy Maniez, a virtuosic sculptor renowned for his dynamic and exuberant artworks, delves into his artistic journey and the sources of inspiration that fuel his creations. He also reflects on the evolution of his distinctive style and the intricacies of his creative process. Eddy Maniez imparts his perspective on the importance of art in society, sharing his unique vision and voice as an artist.
1. What about your early career? What did you do before you began creating Art?
I worked as a forester at the national forestry office for 20 years, in constant contact with nature and animals. I have always practiced my art in parallel with my first job.
2. Where did your love of art come from?
I don't know how to say it precisely. I've always had the need and desire to manufacture, build, and implement everything I have to create something. A necessity, a language, a sharing. I am fascinated by my artist ancestors and their masterpieces to speak to the world.
3. When did you first begin creating art?
4. What does color mean for you?
Color is a way to create an emotion. It is the basis of life since nothing exists without color. Without light, it is visible. Personally, I use them to highlight exciting contrasts.
Colors bring relief to our lives as well as to our artworks. Life is a palette of colors.
5. From where do you draw inspiration?
My inspirations are guided by my desire to surprise in the first place.
I have always been fascinated by the incredible work of pointillist artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. These artists are my examples. Emotionally, I was influenced by the abstract works of Nicolas de Staël and the impressionism of Vincent Van Gogh. The paintings of Georges de la Tour, including Le tricheur à l'as de carreau, surprise me. Very intrigued by the art of Pierre Soulages and his stubbornness to seek the Light in the dark. Outrenoir.
6. What is the process like when you create artwork?
I usually get up early, and all my creations are made in the morning. My morning mind restarts from scratch. Ideas are born either by writing or drawing. I like to keep my new ideas or trends secret. I don't share them. I want to create a surprise. I need to rock them to maturity on my own, like a child. My creations are almost finished in the head in my imagination. When I take concrete action, I continue to provide details.
7. How do you know when you have completed an artwork?
I know that I have finished artwork when I put down all the tools and look at it, and I agree with what I see as coherent and smooth; nothing catches my eye or my mind, then it is finished.
8. What is your favorite part of the creation process?
My favorite part of the creation process is the birth of the idea, the embryo in my mind that creates excitement and eagerness in me to write or draw it.
9. What is your favorite work of art? And why?
I think it's Sunfish. I like its soft and rounded shape dressed in the increasing and decreasing movement of the silicone. Symbolically it is my first commercialized animal work.
He has a nice look. He travels across the oceans and reminds me of the infinite freedom of movement. I find him attractive.
10. What inspired you to become an artist?
I was inspired by the desire to manufacture in a language mine with my codes. School never seemed to suit me, and I was uncomfortable with its strict regimen. Art allows me to share my emotions and my vision of beauty. Being an artist allows me that.
Eddy Maniez is a truly unique and talented artist whose works will continue captivating audiences for years to come. His passion for creating and his dedication to his craft are evident in every work of art he makes. If you have the opportunity to view Eddy's art in person at one of Eden Gallery's locations, we highly recommend it. The energy and emotion he infuses into his works are indeed something special. We are grateful to Eddy for sharing his story and insights with us, and we look forward to seeing what he creates next.
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