Studio Visit – Bruno

A few months ago, we were fortunate enough to visit  Bruno Berthier’s studio in Mexico City. Bruno is from Mexico and comes from an artistic family, with both his grandfather and mother being artists themselves. It was therefore very natural for him to take it up from a young age and he viewed drawing as a game and an entertainment as he didn’t have a TV.

Alongside his painting, he has always been an avid rollerblader and actually originally wanted to go pro but, upon realizing there wasn’t a huge market for professional rollerblading, decided to continue pursuing painting.

Bruno didn’t chart his path in a formal art school; instead, he nourished himself with his family’s teachings and his own dedication to art, as his personal belief is that art schools have the capability to trap your mind: “in my meagre technique, I found many possibilities,” he tells us with a smile.

He has always explored other paths, studying Sociology at UNAM, Mexico and International Development at Sciences Po, Paris, followed by working at the OECD. But Paris wasn’t him and so he found himself painting and drawing more and more and going to museums every week.

Eventually his boss suggested that he only come to the office two days a week and spend more time on his art and he finally embraced his artistic calling. Whilst he now dedicates himself to art and paints eight hours a day, five days a week, he continues to dabble in other opportunities, as he feels he needs to have movement outside of art to connect and inspire him, and because to him art is sacred and he never wants to be driven only by selling his work.

He finds beauty in everyday experiences and immersing himself in life itself is his approach. Wondering around, skating, interacting with people, he collects moments that he will later capture in his artworks.

For Bruno, his work is all about freedom and expression and “how it makes me feel while I paint is what matters most to me,” he mentions. He finds that it balances and grounds him and likens it to meditation. Sometimes when he’s overthinking in his life, he sees it first in his work.

When starting a piece, Bruno doesn’t usually make sketches and he paints entirely from his imagination, “just like a kid.” He starts by making marks on the canvas and, “like you would search for patterns amongst the clouds,” he searches for his subject. His pieces sometimes take 8 sessions, other times 20 or 30 and once he starts a piece he always finishes it, even if it’s years later.

Whilst Bruno thinks that artistic exploration is interesting, he also believes that sometimes people forget about beauty. When people see his work, he simply hopes their response will be “I find it beautiful.”