Wynwood Artist and Gallerist Interviewed in ARTSYAug 25, 2016
Pablo Dona, the Argentine artist and gallerist, calls his playful sculptures and photographs “a bridge to childhood.” That childhood—one characterized by the innocence of a small-town life filled with creative explorations and forest adventures—happened thousands of miles away from the city where he now lives and works. Miami, Dona has said, is a link between Latin America and the U.S.—the perfect place to open Now Contemporary Art, his now-five-year-old gallery. We caught up with Dona to hear about his upbringing in Argentina, the trio of new works he recently unveiled, and how The Little Prince inspired his life philosophy.
Artsy: Tell us about these new works and how you decided on your subjects.
Pablo Dona: My latest works, like all of my works, are a reflection of myself. I always believed that any artist’s work, when created from the heart, is a self-portrait in a way, regardless of the subject matter. If there is one truth about life, it’s that it is constantly transforming and never static, like a symphony each instant.
This melody produced, which we sometimes don’t comprehend, creates a vibration that reflects our state of being. The subject of my work is just a projection of what is happening inside of me, in that instant and at each moment. In a way, it’s like I don’t choose the subjects of my pieces, but rather I get chosen by them; I am a channel. This is a peaceful communion with myself, and the result happens to be an art piece that I enjoy sharing with the world. So the circle is completed.
Artsy: Did you play with Legos growing up?
Pablo Dona: Never. As a child, I wasn’t interested in building things with toys that already existed. My fascination was to uncover a world unseen by the human eye, a world with no limitations, a world behind a world, where everything is possible, even a shark swimming in a teacup. I enjoy perceiving objects based on their shapes and colors rather than their function or name; this opens up a universe of possibilities. That was the child I was.
Artsy: Is there special significance to the rubber ducky or the tea and cake?
Pablo Dona: Even though these elements are associated with childhood, I don’t look at a cake as a cake, neither a rubber ducky as a duck, or a teacup as a teacup. To me, nothing has a name or title; these definitions are only creations of our thoughts. These “thoughts/definitions” that we live our lives by, they only create limitations; even worse, they divide. But the truth is that there are endless possibilities associated with each object, and our minds are the ones limiting those possibilities.