Pierre Fudaryli was born in Mexico in 1984. From a very young age, he develops a deep interest for the visual arts. He then studies by himself. At the age of 11, he takes painting lessons but decides to stop as he had the feeling to be artistically restricted and that he couldn’t freely express himself. At 12 he discovers the painter who will become his major influence, Salvador Dali. Two of the artist’s pieces of work will spark Fudaryli’s imagination (Corpus Hypercubus and the inaugural Carne de Gallina) before diving in the surrealist movement through Remedios Varo, Marx Ernst or Chirico. Those artistic personalities have developed a distortion of reality, of imagination and had a strong fondness for the representation of the absurd. These notions became the artistic leitmotiv of the Mexican photographer.
After passing through a school of architecture he gets accustomed to the use of digital tools used for architectural projects. Those tools offer him the means to tackle the artistic creation with fresh eyes. Fudaryli’s work focuses on human nature, its passion, its strength, its excesses, spirits and death. The daily geometry of our death, of our birth, until we stop dying, compose what he calls an “altered reality of human energy” which describes in a graphical way, behaviors in different states, different vectors steered in many directions in a fractal manner, at the same time introspection and projection. In his shots, the artist doesn’t only satisfies himself with capturing a two-dimensional vision but in a hepta-dimensional one. Every spatial axis is analyzed (north, south, east, west, high, low as well as the one you are at) and thus freezes a moment of our human supra-reality. Pierre Fudaryli is constantly experimenting different techniques, venturing into sculpture and video, among other things.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a photographer ?
Mid-2010, I received an offer to appear in a neo-surrealist art book. Before this offer, I had been working on my compositions on deviantart.com (artistic website where anybody can subscribe and show his graphical or literary creations, Editor’s note). I reworked on people’s pictures that I liked. It was a big problem, especially legally speaking, to get the permission to work on other people’s pictures and I decided to borrow a camera (at the time, I had no idea how to use it). I talked about it to two of my friends who already knew my work and I started to take my first pictures. I then was using photography as a medium.
Any neurosis ?
Having an explosive temper since I was born! That’s why they called me “Fudaryli”. Three days after my birth, my mother nicknamed me “furor” because I was always angry. Then I mixed “furor” and “Dali” who is one of my favorite painter and who has been an influence in my work since forever.
What are your main influences when it comes to art ?
Artistically, it would be Salvador Dali, Caravaggio, Da Vinci, Joel Peter Witkin, Egon Schiele, Gottfried Heilnwein, Francisco Da Goya, Hans Ruedi Giger and many others. Musically, rather Pink Floyd, Wagner, Jack White, Led Zeppelin, Mozart… Literature : Khalil Gibran, Philip K. Dick, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, Isaac Asimov… And cinema : Tarsem Singh, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, Daren Aronofsky, David Lynch, Gaspard Noé…
What is your vision of the nude in photography, and how do you use it ?
The nude is the simplest and most genuine means to express a concept where expression, pose, form, texture and light must each tell a story. When the image is only used as a medium for art (body and pose are part of something more complex and controlled), it then transforms into a symbols’ receiver to convert a sort of graphic manifesto based on dreams, myths, scientific writings or stories.
How do your pictures come alive ?
A lot of images are the result of an experimentation of form and light, it comes gradually as the shooting goes, I don’t make any plans. This research is completely left to chance. But there is another side to my work where everything is completely under control. I take on a first research on the concept, I do sketches, I look for the best models…Then come hours of montage with Photoshop. I usually work alone so a trustworthy and comfort relationship must be established with the models so that they really deliver something.
- Meet Pierre Fudaryli in Normal Magazine n°5 -