Interview with artist and filmmaker Mario Brondo

We have to think of the generations coming next. After all art is a continuum through human history. You did not start from zero, and no one will. Leave a great aesthetic experience to inspire the upcoming artists and art lovers. Hand somebody else the gifts you received.

Mario Brondo (Mexico City, 1982) is a Mexican artist and filmmaker. He finished his master´s degree in Le Fresnoy, Studio National in France in 2009. His work has been shown in film festivals and art exhibitions in Mexico and Europe.

Tell us about yourself and what you do
I am a visual artist and filmmaker born in Mexico City. I have always been surrounded by artists and scientists who later became the primary base of my thinking and craft. I took passion for photography at a very young age. Later I studied literature, psychology and music, only to find that  audiovisual arts were my ground. I studied film in CUEC, and later graduated from Le Fresnoy, a new media and contemporary art center in France, where my first two art exhibits took place in 2008 and 2009. Ever since my art has been a mix of video art, films and photography. I am very interested in the archival, the social sciences and and new ways of expression. My work is very influenced by classic literature, baroque art and semiotics. I try to use both documentary and fiction to converge in what it is to me the expression the utmost truth (though untouchable!).

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Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My inspiration comes from the people that surround me and from the filmmakers and artists I love. I can say that Werner Herzog, Aki Kaurismaki, Umberto Eco and Albert Serra are some of my most beloved creators. I also have a lot of influence from my father and his ideas. He is a scientist and a humanist. All his ideas are always very surprising to me, but most of the inspiration I get from him comes from the way he lives, treats others, loves life, and cares so much about human beings.   His mind set and every chat we have, is so much enlightening.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
There are always up´s and down´s in every artist´s career. I can´t really thing about a great achievement, artistically or personally. I think that my ability to overcome myself, the greatest obstacle, is probably my best trait. Small but solid achievements are a result. In one of my latest exhibits I have shared the space with great artists, such as Lars Von Trier, David Lynch and Alghiero Boetti. That makes me really happy!

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
There are difficult paths of life that you may choose. If you took film or arts as a creative, then you have chosen the toughest one. Worry not, that means you believe in yourself, in your spirit, your ideas and your craft. Try and produce the most art you can. Always respect your audience and every art lover to the highest. Build a solid body of works, coherent projects. The quality of your artwork and the care you take in every aspect will do wonders. Define the path you want to follow, who your ideal audience is. Then learn how to sell, and make sure your art is worth its price. I think not knowing how to sell is one of the toughest obstacles an artist can face… Create sincere bonds with whom you cross paths with in the art business. After all you depend on them, and they are very friendly and interesting people to spend your time with. Maybe the tougest part will be to get your art into the most prestigious collections, once you do, the wind will blow on your back if you keep your quality stardard and produce continuously.

Live in the present, but mind the future. Even postmortem. We have to think of the generations comming next. After all art is a continuum through human history. You did not start from zero, and no one will. Leave a great aesthetic experience to inspire the upcomming artists and art lovers. Hand somebody else the gifts you received.

Visit: http://brondo.co

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