As often happens in the world of Urban Art, Dadi Dreucol – a promising young Malaga artist – prefers to keep his personal identity separate from his artistic one. This mysterious youth started expressing himself through wall paintings and murals and went on to extend his work to other art forms by including various influences in his works ranging from drawing to photography, video and installations. A complete artist, combining the practical realization of his work with a profound theoretical analysis.
He has just finished his solo exhibition at the GACMA Gallery of Contemporary Art in the Andalusian capital and we met to unveil some of the secrets concerning his art.
Who is Dadi Dreucol?
Dadi Dreucol is a concept created to investigate urban art in my city and to analyse it from an artistic point of view. For this process to be coherent and complete, it requires action to be direct and practical as well as theoretical.
Your works always feature a bearded man somewhere: can you tell us who he is?
I create different series at the same time, the largest of which is “Una Vida” in which different characters coexist; one of them, the best known, is indeed this bearded man. I drew this little man to represent a person free from fashion or particular signs – it’s as if he were a new kind of savage in contemporary society. I use him to express a range of thoughts that belong both to the outside world and my inner world.
How did your artistic activity begin?
I started doing Graffiti when I was a teenager, and that led me later on to get interested in the art world, so I began to study at the Academy of Fine Arts. There I became interested in theory and other artistic factors that I am still exploring now.
You’ve always been reluctant to exhibit within art institutions, but in the last year we’ve seen you as the leading player in at least two exhibitions: what has changed compared to the past?
It’s not that I didn’t want to exhibit in art institutions, it’s the fact that the opportunities on offer up to some time ago never seemed interesting and in addition I didn’t feel ready to accept certain challenges at that time. I have always preferred to be patient and improve. I’ve never been obsessed with the idea of collecting exhibitions on my curriculum, I prefer it to be short but consistent.
Do you already have any plans for the future?
After working for a lot of months in my studio and having attended several parallel training activities outside Spain, I decided to dedicate this year to continuing my theoretical investigation and to resuming the pace of my activities in the street. I feel the need to rethink new paths and innovative guidelines in order to complete the work I have in mind.