Lola Cervant (Mexico, 1989) lives and works in Budapest, Hungary. This lovely lady seems to have been born with a pencil in her hand and with that some serious talent. Her impeccable drawing technique is as realistic as life itself.
Lola has always experimented with materials and techniques. Even when she was a little girl, she exploited resources such as crayons, pencils, paint, watercolour and wood, but also resin, plasticine, metal and even fabrics to create her ever-changing artworks. However with time, she discovered that taking it back to the basics and working with old school pencil and graphite on paper was her number one favourite technique. Through drawing with these tools, the different shades of grey kindle a nostalgic feeling and provide her with the opportunity of capturing minute details in such a meticulous fashion. By using the colour grey, Lola alludes to a parallel reality, however far off and distant it may seem.
Similar to a chameleon (although without the scaly skin and googly eyes), this artist is very versatile. Doing the same thing over and over again is not something you will see her doing. No, our Lola is no one trick pony. She finds inspiration through objects surrounding her. In her works she examines people and their environment and tries to show the reality of being a human, eliminating any of the snobbishness and judgement that may cloud over them, and simply depicting individuals for who they truly are. When working on her art she likes to express feelings of that particular moment in time, of being caught in the moment.
For The Awesome, Lola has created a series of faces of young people elegantly drawn in graphite. She has created scenes in which the detailed black and white drawings blend together with the colourful abstract backgrounds, creating contemporary portraits of young, urban individuals. Lola draws inspiration from our society that is ruled by appearance. The artist wants to show real beauty in the everyday life of humans. Her work is homage to the stranger that smiles at you on the street, to the unsuspecting individual who hands you a rose out of the blue and even to a random guy who points out you have some of your lunch stuck in your tooth. She believes that the function of art is to get us closer to who we truly are and to engage in dialogue with others as well.
Lola has never really liked the definition of the word ‘artist’, and doesn’t feel she should be categorised under the bracket of one. She feels like art should not be reasoned or restricted to a particular set of rules and regulations. Art comes from a source that cannot be described with words or philosophical doctrines. According to Lola, to be labelled with the term ‘artist’ is not necessary for creating artworks. We at The Public House of Art could not agree more strongly with this. Art is not about rules; art is about being inspired, about being caught off guard and truly wowed by The Awesome.