Artist of the Season

Pito Campos

If we walk through Córdoba and decide to stop at a kiosk to check the morning news, it is quite possible that we will find a work of art on the cover of a newspaper in the region. But this will only be possible if we walk through Córdoba, Argentina. There, every week, our ArtistTo this summer's La Estación, Daniel Campos, alias Pito Campos, publishes an illustration made in watercolor, on the front page of the newspaper the new morning.

Pito is a artista, watercolorist, illustrator and humorist, self-taught, who lives by and for his passion, drawing and mainly the watercolor technique. In his work he deals with landscapes, portraits of caricatured famous people, anonymous people, and illustrations of various kinds. He especially highlights the work he does in the newspaper where every week he exhibits a watercolor focused on a current issue. Few newspapers do as much to promote art and watercolor.

Our artistDuring this summer season, by the way, winter in Argentina, he conducts face-to-face and online workshops, and is an active user of social networks. He has already published 3 courses on the online learning platform Domestika, on the beginning and improvement of the watercolor technique, especially of urban landscapes. A few years ago he promoted a face-to-face master class on watercolor, inviting the Uruguayan master of the technique and one of his referents, Alvaro Castagnet.

Looking around, we have found a nice portrait of our artistto of the season of this summer 2022, painted by the artistto peruvian Elis Omar Salas. We leave you the link to his instagram, @ salaselis0.

portrait of Pito Campos by Elis Omar Salas

I approach my art in a transversal way: my art is my life and my life is my art. The presence of watercolor is absolutely fundamental, it is the pillar, my voice that speaks or is silent through the water. I find in its capabilities the way I like to express myself, but it is also the way I like to see the world. I go a little beyond the purely technical side, I feel that I am in his philosophy. Because watercolor is not only the expression of images and their representation, but also has aspects that are very much its own and it is with that nature that I feel a deep connection that goes beyond purely aesthetic issues. 

The water that is released and builds things freely, the multiple states of the paper-pigment-water relationship that generate a random, surprising and completely unique combination, the stain that says little but expresses so much, the heterogeneity that it allows and that results of an inexhaustible richness, are some of the characteristics that make me feel identified and enraptured by this technique. If we let it be, the watercolor happens and there is magic in that.

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