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I am awarded 3rd Prize at ROI Art Event Evening

December 17, 2014

My quick portrait of Ian Cryer at the end of the event

ENGLISH: To my surprise, the same Ian Cryer, president of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), and Adebanji Alade, another ROI artist, were among the three models at the annual Art Event Evening. Ian put on a very interesting outfit and it was not easy to capture the fleeting shadow that the hat projected on his face, as any slight movement of his head would change its extension and shape. However that contrast created by the shadow against the light on his face was really interesting to paint. We had just above 2 hours to do the painting (3 hours with 3 breaks), and in such a short time there are no possibilities to finish a painting the way one wants, but it is all about capturing the essence. I was so happy when I was called on the stage at the end, to receive the third prize for my portrait, from the hands of the same president Ian Cryer.

ESPAÑOL: Me sorprendió que el mismo Ian Cryer, presidente de la Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) y Adebanji Alade, otro artista, miembro de ROI, fueran entre los tres modelos del anual Art Event Evening. Ian se puso un atuendo muy interesante, y no fue sencillo representar la sombra fluctuante que el gorro le dibujaba en la cara, ya que cualquier pequeño movimiento cambiaba dramáticamente su extensión y su forma. De todas maneras ese contraste de luz y sombra era muy interesante de pintar. Teníamos solamente 2 horas para pintar (3 horas en total, pero con 3 pausas), así que no se podía acabar el cuadro demo uno quiere, solamente daba tiempo de capturar la esencia. ¡Me alegró muchísimo al final el ser llamado en el escenario para recibir el tercer premio por manos del mismo presidente Ian Cryer.

Painting tomorrow at the ROI Art Event Evening!

December 15, 2014
Michele De Campo  and his Prize winning painting

Painting last year at the ROI Art Event Evening and taking second prize home! Photo courtesy of Adebanji Alade’s blog

Tomorrow evening from 6-9pm I will be honored to be painting a model from life along with some very talented and well-known artists at the Mall Galleries for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Art Event Evening. If you have the possibility, this is such a good chance to see great artists in action, creating a portrait in less than 3 hours. The entry fee is £8.

More information here:

Chocolate Factory Open Studios

November 19, 2014

I would like to thank all visitors last weekend, I enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone of them and, being new to the place, I enjoyed also meeting the other artists of the building. Also a big thank you to Collage Arts for all the work that they do to make this event a success. I leave you with a few shots from the event, and some of the wonderful artists that I am proud of having as neighbors (the majority of the pictures are taken from other websites).



Open Studios invite

November 8, 2014

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Sat 15 and Sun 16 November,  12-6pm,  free entry The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Road, N22 6XJ London  Studio 9a, first floor, Unit B104

ENGLISH: Next weekend I will open the door of my brand new studio and welcome anybody who wants to see my space, my work and say hi to me. In fact I am taking part to the popular N22 Open Studios event, which last year attracted more than 7.000 visitors, and there is no better chance to discover what goes on in this beautiful building, The Chocolate Factory, with 120 creatives of all disciplines. For the occasion I will also put some paintings, original drawings, giclee prints and catalogues on sale!

ESPAÑOL: El próximo fin de semana abriré las puertas de mi nuevo estudio y daré la bienvenida a todos los que quieran ver mi espacio, mi trabajo y hablar conmigo. De hecho tomaré parte en el popular evento N22 Open Studios (estudios abiertos), el cual el año pasado registró la visita de más de 7000 personas en dos días a los 120 artistas que trabajan en este edificio maravilloso que es The Chocolate Factory. Para la ocasión pondré también varios cuadros, dibujos, estampas y catálogos a la venta. ¡Os espero! OPEN2014-invite-2

A painting demonstration

November 3, 2014

“The Reading”, oil on linen canvas, 150x200cm


ENGLISH: I started this painting in a 4 days demonstration in Art in Action, some of you who have visited the fair have seen it half-way through. As it always happens to me, when I don’t finish a painting in one go I might take an incredibly long time to finish it, or I even abandon it. That is because I always find that I have more urgent paintings that I need to work on, or administrative work that cannot be delayed, and time always runs too quickly. But luckily I did go back to this painting!


ESPAÑOL: Empecé este cuadro durante una demonstración de 4 días en Art in Action (Oxford), quizás algunos de vosotros lo hayáis visto allí a mitad. Como siempre me ocurre, cuando no acabo un cuadro de un tirón, podría acabar estando un tiempo larguísimo en mi estudio hasta que lo acabe, o, peor, podría abandonarlo del todo, ya que siempre tengo cuadros y tareas más urgentes, el tiempo corre demasiado deprisa. Pero afortunadamente volví a retomar este cuadro!

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Art in Action, day 1: I give a first yellowish layer for the sky after doing a free-hand drawing


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Art in Action, day 1: while the yellow sky dries I paint the steps

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Art in Action, day 2: today I could paint the sky with blue, having made sure that the yellow is touch-dry. Addying details wet on wet to the wall

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Art in Action, day 3: concentrating on finishing the male figure

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Art in Action, day 3: Starting working on the third figure

The creative process, 5: gestation and meaning of “The Fall”

October 13, 2014
"The Fall", oil on linen, 105x180cm

“The Fall”, oil on linen, 105x180cm

ENGLISH: “The Fall” is, in my intention, just the first out of a small series of paintings representing the moment right after several characters have fallen. For me this moment is metaphoric, and it is condensed in the expression of the person who has fallen, who, not really hurt, is just taking a moment to think and reflect, as we often do after an accident or a traumatic event. We don’t know about their lives, what has happened to them and the reason why they have fallen, but perhaps we can see ourselves through them and it is a positive moment, the moment when we interrupt our blind routine and look back to see more clearly what we are and what we have been doing. This series came to my mind after reading the existentialist novel “The Fall”, by Albert Camus, where the main character, a respectable and highly esteemed lawyer, is reflecting on his past and who he really is, after a traumatic event where he has been unable to move a finger to try to save a woman from committing suicide.

I intentionally placed the woman in a setting where the sun is shining towards the end of the day but the architecture and the elements are repetitive and monotonous, subliminally reflecting her life.

Some of the sketches that came to my imagination for the painting and the original picture of the model, posing according to my sketches. She is a neighbor in Valencia who so kindly volunteered to pose for me.

The development of the idea through sketches and the original reference picture of the model, posing according to my sketches. She is a neighbor in Valencia who so kindly volunteered to pose for me.

ESPAÑOL: Este es, en mi intención, solamente el primero de una serie de cuadros que representan justo el momento después de que varios personajes se han caido. Para mi este momento es metafórico, y es concentrado en la expresión de la persona que se ha caído, la cual, aunque no se haya hecho daño, pero se para y se toma un momento para pensar y reflexionar, como frecuentemente pasa después de un accidente o de un evento traumático. No sabemos de sus vidas, qué les ha pasado y porque se han caido, pero quizás nosotros podamos reflejarnos en ellos, y es un momento positivo, ese momento en el cual interrumpimos nuestras ciegas rutinas y miramos hacia atrás para ver con más claridad lo que somos y lo que hemos estado haciendo. Esta serie surgió tras leer la novela existencialista “La caída”, de Albert Camus, donde el personaje principal, un respetable y admirado abogado, reflexiona sobre su pasado tras un evento traumático donde no fue capaz de mover un dedo para salvar a una mujer que quería suicidarse.

En este cuadro he intencionalmente puesto a la mujer en un ambiente donde resplandece el sol hacia el final del día, pero la arquitectura y los elementos son repetitivos y monótonos, reflejando de manera subliminal la vida de la mujer.

Preparing the painting for shipment to the client.

Just finished but already preparing the painting for shipment to the client.

Video interview for “The Master Secrets Summit”

September 21, 2014


ENGLISH: I was honoured to be invited by American artist and teacher Kathryn Lloyd to be part of her successful series of Skype interviews to renowned representational artists, called “The Master Secrets Summit“. The first series, with 21 interviews to mainly American artists, made more than 80.000 views in the very few weeks of broadcasting in internet. This second series, which has just begun, releases three interviews each week and will be available for a very limited time. You can watch it here:


ESPAÑOL: Fue un honor ser invitado por la artista y profesora americana Kathryn Lloyd a tomar parte en su exitosa serie de entrevistas por Skype a reconocidos artistas figurativos, entitulada “The Master Secrets Summit“. La primera serie, con 21 entrevistas principalmente a artistas americanos, tuvo más de 80.000 visitas en las muy pocas semanas en las cuales fueron publicadas en internet. Este segundo “summit”, que ha empezado hace pocos días y está publicando tres entrevistas por semana, estará disponible solamente hasta principios de octubre. Aquí puedes verla (en inglés):


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