Surrealism is NOT Dead – An Interview with Surreal Artist DINO VALLS

“The early works of analysis of the unconscious, that inspired the surrealist movement, have been developing by time.”

Dino Valls a Spanish Artist whose works display Uncanny-Surreal forms of mostly women portraiture and figures. The detail of his work is breathtakingly realistic which makes the viewer intrigued with his choice of mysterious elements. Most of his paintings represent Valls’ Degree in Medicine & Surgery, which are shown in representational symbolic intricate details, which can be seen once you look deep inside his works. What I found surreal about Dino Valls work is a new perspective of Surrealism  and have always wondered about his developmental processes and methods.


-What/who are your main inspirations that may have an influence in your work?

My work has always been focused on the human being, mainly in its psychic dimension. On one hand, my main influence has evidently been inspired from  history of art , taking inspirations from historic disciplines. On the other hand, inspirations are taken within the study of the human being derived from my licentiate degree in Medicine, the anatomy, my interest for psychology, phylogeny, etc.

-What do you think Surrealism means? And what makes an art work Surreal?

I think that it’s referred to the creative labor centered in the sphere of the unconscious, projected in artistic appearances by means of figurative representations, although inhabiting sceneries unfasten from rational codes.

-Do you think Surrealism is dead? If no, is there a difference between Surreal art work during the Surrealist movement, than of today’s contemporary artists?

Surrealism is a term that defines one creative movement developed during one limited period derived from the past century. I don’t like the contemporary use of this designation. The psycho-social coordinates in which nowadays are created are very different to the works during the Surrealism movement . The early works of analysis of the unconscious, that inspired the surrealist movement, have been developing by time. There is also a development in the perception of the unconscious contents, which is formed by society and also by contemporary artists.

-Aesthetically, your drawings and paintings have a similar approach to Surrealists. What are your techniques to come up with such ideas? Do you use any specific idea generation methods that you use to come up with your ideas? Such as lucid dreaming, automatism, interpretation of dreams, childhood memories etc.. If you do not use any methods how do you come up with such images?



My work has a similar approach to early Surrealists as my work consists of having a figurative composition that lack of a rational logic that can easily define the work. But my creative labor differs with that of surrealists. Early Surrealists most of the time used the method of interpreting images emerged from the unconscious. Generally the methods I use for my work is to thoroughly go to a process of analyzing of a specific theme or image from my unconscious.This is then subsequently rationally re-elaborated through its link with our culture and reason, looking for those symbolical and anthropological elements that relate to them with a personal collective history. An example of a particular process is emerging more images and concepts by connecting other elements and themes/images together. This irrational content is usually represented in a scientific or clinical aesthetic forms which involves descriptions and taxonomy. I have been using this type of deep introspective method in order to generate these images, from my early works.By time I discovered that it was quite similar to the method of ‘Active Imagination’; described by Jung and Marie- Louise von Franz.

-What is your message, you want your work to exhibit?

My aim is for the viewer to look at my paintings and translate the art work into a  “projective test”, presented in a form of a mirror of the viewer’s own unconscious, personal and collective memories and thoughts.

Dino Valls, March 2017

The interview was conducted to gain primary research and obtain a different perspective, solely for the purpose of Research.

What do you think? Do you think Surrealism is Dead?
Tell us in the comments section..


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