Artist Spotlight: Sol Felpeto, Artist Who Puts The Focus On Cats
Madrid-based artist Sol Felpeto is a one-of-a-kind artist with a soft spot for - you guessed it - cats. We love her cat-inspired artwork and urge you to check it out. Read more about this cat lover MEOW!
It's appropriate that Sol Felpeto has a collection entitled, "The Picatsso Collection," since her artwork evokes a very Pablo-esque aesthetic. We love the bold colors and abstract way of looking at our favorite subject - cats! She is clearly a cat lover at heart and we had the chance to ask her about her art, animal inspiration, and what she sees for herself in the future.
That Cat Blog: What is your background? How long have you been an artist? Has your work always featured cats and animals?
Sol Felpeto: I´m a Madrid based artist but I was born in Venezuela and raised around the world. Painting and drawing, animals and nature, have always been things I enjoyed as a kid and these thing have taken part of my adult life. Once I graduated from high school I went to vet school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It took me two or three years to realize it wasn’t my "thing" but I still loved animals. So I decided to do a Fashion and Creative Direction degree here in Madrid. The four years of creative studies led me to develop myself as an illustrator and painter. It’s been a year and a half since I graduated from school and decided making art would be my job. It is not a long time but I have taken big steps and it is so exciting to wonder what I’ll be doing in the years to come. My work has always been inspired by animals, but it is obvious cats are the one I love the most. I’m a cat lover, can’t help it! They allow me to have a funnier and daring vision of art.
TCB: Do you use real animals as inspiration for your pieces?
SF: For doing the Picatsso Collection I was inspired by Minou. He was a french street cat that Picasso adopted during a very “blue” period of his life in which he was depressed and ruined. The story tells that the painter had to return the cat to the street since he could not feed him anymore. Minou found himself again wandering around Montmartre and was fortunate enough to find a sausage to eat. Without hesitation he returned to his former owner’s house to share the meal with him. This is why [I] decide[d] to recreate the most famous works of Picasso with his cat, Minou, giving him back the importance that has never been recognized and making tangible the tender bond the artist and the animal had. I’m also about to start a project for animal rescue fundraising in which I’ll paint real cats from shelters. Private commissions are also welcome, so clients let me paint their pets into my crazy art world.
TCB: Do you have any pets of your own? What are their names/what are they like?
SF: I have been around pets since I can remember, but nowadays I only have two cats, they are called “Atún” it means “tuna” in spanish, and the younger one is called “Avión” it means “plane”. I always have a blast when picking names for my pets. These two adopted cats are really special for me, they are the first pets I have since I left family home and became independent and married. So the are 100% my responsibility, like if they were kids!
TCB: Do you have any shows coming up in the US?
SF: I've recently participated in Art San Diego, this has been my first experience in the US. I’m looking forward to take my artworks to some other art fairs like Miami’s on december. I hope I can find and art gallery o manager to work there soon, New York would be the perfect place to exhibit my artwork.
TCB: Do you have a favorite piece or one that is near and dear to your heart?
SF: Yes, the “Guernicat” is undoubtedly the most important piece, it is the one that led me to this crazy cat art world and that has allowed me to start my way as a professional artist. I do not own this piece anymore, it has been sold but luckily I can see it everyone and then hanging on a close friend studio.