Interview with José Sacal in August 2017
Where are you from?
I was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos. 2. How did you get interested in art? Since I was little I felt joy for drawing, modelling, singing, etc. When you are little your parents feel proud, but as you grow older, doing fun things becomes waste of time for your parents. I was a very lucky person, since, by marrying my beautiful wife, she influenced me and supported me to continue in the world of art, especially sculpture.
3. In your artistic life what interesting experiences have you had?
Collaborating with the patients of La Castañeda was very fun. I did experimental exercises with them in relation to art. I put them to draw and to model. It was very interesting to observe the results of his works of mentally ill people.
4. What do you want to express in your work?
The inspiration to create my works are my feelings, thoughts that can be many, the important thing is to "do it" even if it seems crazy, or a dream, or something absurd.
5. Have you had any exposure that you consider the most important or interesting, for some reason?
For me there is no preference for some or other exposure, people are the ones who observe and give judgments, the one who thinks and has a preference. For me again I repeat, each of my works are as if they were my children, they are all important, however, in terms of the preference of the public, and I say this because of the comments that they send me, La Patota, and El Cat have been and are the preference of a vast public.
6. What are your favourite artists and why?
The work of an artist throughout its existence absorbs content and influences from artistic currents and artists who admire each other. As for artistic trends, Futurism calls my interest a lot. Umberto Boccioni is one of their representatives who most influences me. The constructivism of Barake and all the work of the Surrealists especially of whoever was my friend, Leonora Carrington, whom I admire so much.
7. ¿Quieres transmitir algún mensaje con tu obra?
Quiero transmitir muchos mensajes, hacer que la gente piense y sienta. Personalmente, no me gusta describir mi obra. La obra habla por sí sola, por lo menos, es lo que trato
8. What does art mean in your life?
Art can be expressed with images, sounds, tones, movements and sensations through our 5 human senses, there are no barriers in any sense imposed by the peoples of the entire world, languages, customs and cultures, art always extends without words nor explanations, that creates a global human union. 9. What would you do to bring art closer to people? The art in my case is to take the museum to the people, instead of taking the people to the museum.
Source: Arts Illustrated