An Interview with & the Art of Sanjulian

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Since 1962 the Spanish artist Sanjulian (Manuel Perez Clemente) has been producing some of the most iconically stylish magazine and novel covers in the Fantasy field. More information and examples of his work can be found at: http://www.sanjulian.info/.

What was it like growing up in Barcelona? What are some of your most fond memories of that time?

Naci en la Barcelona “Antigua” en la zona portuaria,con gran influencia en mí ya que mi familia era de origen marinero. La Barcelona que había conocido de cerca a artistas como Picasso que estudió y vivió allí un tiempo o M. Fortuny,de la cercana Reus,fue premonitoria.

Born in Barcelona “Antigua” in the port area, with great influence on me and my family was sailor origin. The Barcelona who had closely known artists like Picasso who studied and lived there for a while or M. Fortuny, from nearby Reus, was prescient.

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When did you first discover your love of art? What was it like when you first realized the power of imagery?

Siempre dibujé sin darme cuenta de que sería mi vida en el futuro. Empleaba tiempo libre para poder,con el dibujo y la incipiente pintura,pagarme extras a la vez que estudiaba para marino mercante.

Always I drew without realizing that it would be my life in the future. Used free time to, with incipient drawing and painting. It was extra pay for me while studying for merchant seaman.

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What was it like to study at Belles Arts of Sant Jordi? What as the most important thing you learned from your time there?

Fue muy importante para mí estudiar en Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi,profesores muy cualificados me enseñaron procedimientos y sobre todo a conocer mis limitaciones para poder superarlas.

It was very important for me to study Fine Arts of Sant Jordi, highly qualified teachers taught me procedures and especially to know my limitations to overcome.

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What do you love most about being an artist?

No pienso demasiado en que ser un artista sea algo especial,sencillamente en todo momento trabajo en lo que me gusta y además me gano,día a día,una libertad que no tendría en otra profesión y que es la que me permite actuar como un artista.

I do not think too much about that being an artist as something special, simply at all times work in what I like and also make my day to day, a freedom that I would not have another profession and that is what allows me to act as an artist.

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Do you have any works that you hold more dear than others?

Sí,siempre hay alguna que me gusta más que las demás.

Yes, there are always some that I like more than others.

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Do you have a dream project you’d most like to bring into being?

Tengo,naturalmente,algunos proyectos que me gustaría poder hacer,espero que así sea.

I have, of course, some projects that I would like to do, I hope so.

Do you think in today’s world there is a greater need for art than ever before?

Soy partidario,claro,pero creo que el mundo actual tiene gran necesidad del arte,por lo menos la misma que en tiempos pasados.

I am in favor, of course, but I think that today’s world is in great need of art, at least the same as in times past.

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What do you hope the world takes away from your works?

Es suficiente para mí que alguien me recuerde en algún momento por alguna de mis obras y sobretodo si influyen positivamente en las personas que las vean.

It is enough for me that someone remembers me at some point for some of my works and especially if it positively influences people to see.

What would you say is the best advice anyone ever gave you? Who was it?

“No muestres nunca nada de lo que no esté satisfecho”, consejo de J. Toutain director de la agencia en la que empecé a mostrar mi trabajo.

“Never show anything that is not satisfied,” J. Toutain council director of the agency I started to show my work.

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What do you think is key to a life well lived?

Intentar hacer siempre lo mejor posible cualquier cosa que me hagas por fácil que parezca y mirar atrás alguna vez para darte cuenta de que no dejas a nadie perjudicado,si lo que ves es amistad quiere decir que no lo has hecho mal.

Always try to do your best whatever you do. Be easy to look and look back sometime to realize that you do not let anyone hurt, if what you see is friendship it means that you have not done wrong.

What are your thoughts on life and death and what comes after?

Si mi vida es positiva,tal vez haya otra que me trate a mí de la misma manera.

If my life is positive, may have another that treats me the same way.

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How do you hope to be remembered when your own time comes?

Me contento sencillamente si se me recuerda.

Happy if I am just remembered.

Is there anything you’d like to say in closing?

Me gustaría,si volviera a empezar,hacerlo de la misma manera.

I would, if I were to start, I do it the same way.

 

As this interview was conducted in English with answers in Spanish I have included both with the hopes that the translation is done proper. My deepest thanks to Manuel Perez Clemente ~Tina Faye Ayres

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One thought on “An Interview with & the Art of Sanjulian

  1. Excelente me gusta mucho su discurso, y que hablar de su obra, uno de los mejores de siempre.

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