Costa Rica since 1997.
I am Mariano Lirman and I am an artist and a professional architect.
Many of your paintings feature iconic figures from the 70s and 80s, tell us what that relates to?
My work comes to life from my memories. The memories of my childhood, particularly from my favorite cartoons and TV shows from the 70's and 80's in my native city of Buenos Aires- Argentina.
I want to make a tribute to those moments that represent a very happy time in my life. Objects, characters, and situations that regarded with some perspective as an inflection in my early years.
All through my work, I want to translate the different stories with a common format. This common format is the framework that was used in the photographs of those years, all my paintings have the date in the photo frame, that’s the date of my memories.
Are you painting full-time?
At this time, I am building my own studio and in my spare time, I paint. I am currently working on a new sculpture series.
If you could exhibit anywhere, where would that be? Why?
I would exhibit in New York. Almost all the images that I refer to in my work were generated in the United States. These images were common in most of the world. Shared by many different cultures. All these cultures converge right there, I can’t think of a better place.
Which is your favorite cartoon/painting?
Pink Panther. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
Sophistication is simple images. Each one hides behind a bigger meaning of a very personal experience of mine which tells a story; a moment in my life which built me. I try to transmit that experience in the most sincere way possible through colors, tones, harmony, maintaining humor and incorporated nostalgia, balancing reason and emotion. In the process of always pushing to go a little further, even with the simplest of images, I find sophistication.