“What is innate in someone, the talent you have is what calls you many times to return to it and give it all the effort.” Marcos Ribadeneira Salmon is a Guayaquil artist who showes his love to art since childhood, by drawing characters of television series or films of the time. Self-taught, he never attended painting classes, nor has referents in his family, when growing he further refined his art until defining his style.
This hobby, as he initially deemed, was combined with other activities. He studied commercial engineering, obtained a Marketing degree, started a family, so when developing as a professional he turned away from the painting.
After nearly 20 years he took up this hobby with vigor, creating a studio in his home. “For some time now I paint on my tablet. This is very interesting because I can make sketches, I can take ideas faster painting digitally and then expressing them into a canvas,” says the artist about the advance of technology, something that lets him paint anywhere.
Some friends suggested him to perform an exhibition when seeing some of his paintings at home. Thus, in July 2014 he held his first exhibition at the Contemporary Cultural Anthropology Museum (MAAC). “It was beyond my expectations, it was my first public exhibition, but the reality exceeded the expectation when receiving many compliments.”
Mark defines his art as contemporary PopArt, influenced by Andy Warhol (American artist, creator of the Pop Art style). He tried many techniques until keeping with acrylic on canvas. The combination of pastel colors, the shapes of traces and including characters from movies, comics or music icons is what prevails in his paintings. His favorite color is fuchsia, orange and turquoise. The artist says that music inspires him to translate the ideas on the canvas.
One of his first paintings was a portrait of his wife, which is in the living room of his house, and he has not exposed because it is very private. Among his outstanding works there are portraits of personalities such as Ismael Cala, host of CNN in Spanish, and Constanza Baez, Miss Ecuador 2013; this painting was given to her in the Salinas Fashion Week this year.
Portraits like these are the ones that Marco paints to order for customers who like his style. His 7 year old daughter has also shown interest in painting. “She’s amazing, every day she perfects,” says Marcos when admiring her talent, and does not rule out the idea of holding an exhibition with her and supporting her.
His future plans include translating his paintings on ceramic tiles to decorate walls. Exhibitions in two local museums are confirmed in the coming months. Finally, Mark advises all those who want to venture in art: “If you have talent, go ahead, take it out, better yourself, develop it and that will bear fruit, I’m sure that someone whose talent is put into practice will see very important things coming.”
Marcos Ribaneira S.
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