Manuel Hernández Berbel is a contemporary artist who supressed his passion for art for many years. It wasn't until he retired that he indulged in his passion and he now lives out his dream.
Proof that it is never too late to do the things your heart desires. Here, we spent some time with him to find out more...
Tell us about the journey that led you to becoming an artist…
Greetings first of all. I always wanted to paint, it was a hobby that my mother instilled in my head since I was a child, then I studied engineering and started working in Madrid. It was not until 2016 when I retired from the world of work and I had the opportunity to dedicate myself entirely to paint. It may only have been a few years but they have been very fruitful and comforting and I hope I can continue for many years to come.
How do you want people to feel when they look at your artwork?
When I paint I try to express my mood each time, but I try to convey order between the chaos. I especially try to give a sense of balance and calm with colourful paintings.
Being a full time artist isn’t the easiest career, what advice would you offer to aspiring artists that are trying to make this their full time income?
I combine my daily life with painting, which is the activity that I focus on. Many potential artists should spend more time on their work if they are talented, as only work and work alone will achieve goals.
Of all of the things you have achieved, what’s your proudest moment and why?
My best moment was when I got to dedicate myself to my activity, retiring from hard work and getting the free time to live and paint whilst travelling.
Talk us through an average day in your life…
In my daily life I wake up very early, I take a shower and go out with my electric bike and I have a coffee break. Then I come back home and do daily chores. If I can, I paint for 2 or 3 hours, watch some TV and I listen to music, all kinds of genres.
What do you do when you are lacking creativity?
When I feel inspired, I rush to the workshop and paint very fast almost like a crazy man for several hours, then I take a shower and rest. I also come back to watch my artwork and think about how to improve the result another time.
If you could have your artwork displayed anywhere, where would it be and why?
I would like to exhibit at the Reina Sofía Museum, it’s a place where I worked as a volunteer when I was younger, it really is a utopia, but nothing is lost by dreaming.
Our readers love to travel, what destination is on your must visit list?
There are several destinations I would like to visit but I especially would visit India as it is a place I am very interested in.
What does self care mean to you?
I think it's the way everybody lives, to take care and love oneself without expecting from others but to help others selflessly.
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