Sol Felpeto (1990) is a multicultural artist born in Venezuela. She spent her childhood and adolescence between Buenos Aires-Madrid and sporadically living in other countries with her family. In Argentina she began her studies in veterinary medicine school but after three years she decided to follow her creative rush and at the age of 21 she moved for good to Spain and studied Fashion and Creative Direction at European Institute of Design (IED).
Those four years of creative studies led to develop herself as an illustrator and painter within her own style called «Poop Arttoons», a mixture of art, humor and animals. She graduated in June 2016 and immediately participated in her very first exhibition along with other artists of the new generation. This is when she takes the first step towards art as a profession.
We are delighted to present Sol Felpeto as this year’s Spring Banditto Residency Prize winner!
“My work seeks to translate art into something immediately catchy, making a connection between known and new to create emotions is my goal. My creative process parts on a deep study of my references in order to overlap my personal universe with them so I can rewrite history with animals as main characters. These characters were born out of my need to surprise the audience, look for interaction and raise awareness.”
“My work has always been inspired by art history and its "behind scenes" stories. Like Picasso, his life, disgraces, and his bond with humans and animals. Replacing his characters with cats is a way to homage the special bond and love he had towards his pets and that I also feel because my life has always been around animals. This let me explain my universe, and his, in a really fun and entertaining dialogue.”
“Lately I have encouraged myself to tell my own stories inspired by my own experiences and connect them with things people can relate to.”
“My experiences are always represented with cats that have turned in my alter ego replacing humans, exciting and magical colors and curious shapes. So this is what I hope to do in the residency, let the surroundings inspire me and talk about new characters, spaces and atmospheres.”