In bed with: Lola Cervant

You’ve been wowed and moved by her breath-taking talent, but let’s get down to the nitty gritty and discover the person behind the drawings.

Who is Lola Cervant?

Well you are about to find out. Back with a vengeance as part III of our ‘In bed with’ series, we get up close and personal with the Mexican beauty, delving into her past and discovering how she ended up where she is today.   

Q: Hi Lola! Can you just give us a little introduction to yourself, where you are from and your background in the arts? 

A: Well, I am from Mexico, I was born in a small city called San Luis, and since I was little I have always been in touch with art. My parents enjoyed visiting galleries and museums, so I went to a lot of exhibitions from a young age. From 8 years old, I went to painting classes at the Fine Arts Institute in San Luis, but I was pretty disruptive and had trouble concentrating. I think the teacher was not patient enough with me, so I left but I kept on drawing. After a few years I got into design school. I was always fascinated by materials, forms and colours. After design school I studied art in Hungary where I got a scholarship to study Fine Arts, and that is when drawing became more exciting. To finally focus on something that I was looking for. 

Q: We here at PHoA cannot get enough of your insanely awesome hyperrealism drawings. Some of our customers cannot believe they are not editioned digital works! When did you discover this amazing talent? 

A: I think my elementary school education had a lot to do with how I am and what I do now. I developed drawing over many years, I remember some family videos when I am literally vandalizing the walls of my room, so the excitement has always been there!

Q: Could you talk us through the process of creating a drawing? 

A: Ok, first I think for many days what I want to create. I think about colours, angles, and features that I want to depict. Sometimes a piece just pops into my mind and comes really fast, or I see somebody in the street that gives me a vision, so I take a photo and work with it, but I never copy directly, it would be boring to copy. I add extra details as well for example freckles, messy hair or more shine in the eyes. So to create the drawings I have a range of techniques. I use pencils, and graphite powder, and I use brushes to soften skin or textures, especially in big areas. I also use sponges, and hand cut erasers to create other textures. I create my own materials, and this is something that no one showed me, I developed alone, and I am still creating new methods for my future drawings.

Q: Who are the people depicted in your drawings? Are they friends or just random people you see on the street? 

A: Most of them are in fact my friends or they become my friends after I draw them. But I also just select people in the street. I like diversity. I choose a variety of features that represent our contemporary society. I always try to select sparkling people.

Q: Are there any artists that you are particularly inspired by? 

A: Well we can start by Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings, and then more modern would be Klimt’s work and Rodin’s drawings. Also more contemporary artists include Victor Rodríguez, a Mexican artist, Chuck Close and Spanish artist Golucho’s drawings. I am also a huge fan of Lucian Freud. But my influences are not entirely visual; literature, architecture, cinema and music also influence and inspire me to create. 

Q: Any favourites from our artists that you are exhibited alongside? 

A: From The Public House of Art’s collection I really really like Eric Guo’s work. Amazing. 

Q: If you had to describe ‘The Awesome’ in one sentence, what would you say?

A: Life, humans, feelings, expressions, life itself. 

Ok now to get to know the real Lola, let’s quick fire some questions... 

Q: What is your guilty pleasure? 

A: Food! No! Yes! Food, Mexican food especially - mole, enchiladas, but also cakes and sweets, Arab food, Japanese food, healthy food (except cucumbers). 

Q: What is your favourite ice cream flavour? 

A: Pistachio or Dulce de leche. But I like a lot these combinations: Lemon with cheesecake or my favourite in Mexico, ‘Chamoy con chile’. I like more than one ice cream at a time! 

Q: Who would you let punch you directly in the face? 

A: I like works of art that punch you directly in the face, when I see something that truly amazes me it feels like a punch in the face. 

Q: What would you like to do artistically that you’re afraid of?  

A: I am in a constant search. The ‘in between’ figurative and abstract is something that is more than a scary thing, it is a challenge for me. I get the feeling that when the right moment comes, it will come naturally, but now I don’t want to force it. 

Q: Who's a better artist Damien Hirst or Rembrandt van Rijn?

A: I like Rembrandt. I saw him last year at the Fine Arts Museum in Budapest, and I completely lost my mind. 

Q: How has The Public House of Art captured your heart?  

A: It’s openness, the sense of humour, the fact that is located in Amsterdam (as a child I always dreamed of going there someday, so an extension of me can enjoy being there!) the ‘in bed with’ articles, the concept of ‘art is for everybody’, which goes perfect with my way of thinking, and that they have the nicest people working there! 

Q: Who would win in a fight between Bat Wife (Jenny Boot) and Magu (Barbara van den Berg)? 

A: Magu, she looks seriously dangerous! 

Q: If you could invite any artist round for dinner who would it be? 

A: I would invite the chef and artist Ferran Adrià so he can create his unique food for me to experience it! But if it were a Mexican dinner party I would definitely invite Frida Kahlo if she was still alive. 

Q: If you could compare yourself to any of the artworks in The Public House of Arts collection, which would it be and why? 

A: Falling by Andrei Petrescu, a stair symbolizes a lot of things to me, the steps to complete a challenge, to reach a peak. I am always wondering which step I am on.

Thank you very much Lola for speaking with us! To read more about Lola click here and to see her works click here.

Author: Charlotte Zajicek