Ballpoint pen on cotton paper
Alfredo Chamal explores with a hyperrealistic language themes of his own daily life, anecdotes that highlight the search and rescue of femininity through characters and objects that interact to form strange compositions, through drawings of surrealist tinge made with ballpoint pen. The neatness of the technique and the use of an uncommon tool in the plastic arts, but everyday for the general public, are the connecting medium with the viewer’s gaze. Mujer Pompeya azul (2022) is a clear example of this.
Her latest works explore her own femininity, using a mannequin as a metaphor that stars in her drawings. The works are inspired by photographs that he captures himself. Intimate, intriguing and accidental, the images are the groundwork for his creations that invite the contemplation of the strokes and the spontaneous harmony in them. Impregnated with a virtuous mimicry, his drawings create a dialogue with the viewer.
Alfredo Chamal focuses on people in their immediate environment, his main interest is the everyday portrait that presents a frozen experience that provokes a more intimate dialogue. Therefore, in many of his works, such as Mujer Pompeya azul (2022), he portrays friends and acquaintances. In the artist’s own words, “Art for me has always been something so everyday that since I was a child I have used the tools available to me to create and that is very much linked in concept to my current work.”