JUAN ANDRES GERSTL
Born in Caracas on the 7th of February 1985, Juan Gerstl showed signs of intellectual creativity from an early age. As a child, Gerstl was drawn to symmetry, order and movement focusing on turning his creativity into tangible aesthetic which resulted in what he now considers were large wire and wood sculptures that he used as playhouses with his brothers.
With an art dealer mother and a nature-loving father, both had a heavy hand in encouraging him to express his ideas in different ways. His father, the first person to base jump off the highest water fall in the world and a passionate photographer instilled in him a sense of adventure and love for nature that has deeply influenced all of his works.
Today still 'haunted' by form, volume and symmetry he stresses the importance of harmony in each piece. "My creative path stands between a peaceful dream and a mathematical reality born as an optical illusion of the viewer that I call Geometric Poetry," he says.
As kinetic artist, Gerstl seeks integration between the piece and the viewer. "I'm not an artist whose work is dedicated only to my feelings or my life, the protagonists are the pieces and feelings that are caused in the viewer."
In his work, the pieces speak for themselves through colors, figures and materials (the best in the market, such as Plexiglas 100% authentic with 30 year warranty).
The union of the overlapping elements gives meaning to everything.
"50% of each of my pieces are composed by light and the light of Madrid is the element that can best complete my work." Adds the author who has just settled in Madrid, in the Barrio de las Letras.
Gerstl’s work today continues to develop and mature as he reinforces his stand on shape, volume and symmetry. “I consider the harmony of every piece I create. My creative journey oscillates from a tranquil dream to a sharp mathematical reality that is born as an optical illusion to the spectator.”