AN INHABITED SCULPTURE
I was born in Granada in 1986 within a family strongly linked to the world of art. My uncle is a painter and sculptor. Matías Fígares, my father’s cousin, was a painter like his uncle Francisco López-Müller and his father’s cousin, José María Rodríguez-Acosta, a great painter and architect who designed and built the Carmen Rodríguez-Acosta – headquarters of the current foundation.
In Granada and during the summers of my childhood in a small village at the foot of the Alpujarra, I discovered light and color. Light as sculptor of white volumes on the colored background present in the Andalusian landscape, fajalauza ceramics and paintings of José Guerrero.
I always wanted to study fine arts, but the technical side of my father, an engineer, led me to architecture. I studied at the School of Architecture of Madrid and at the Illinois Institute of Technology where I obtained the mention of academic excellence. During these years, I worked on abstraction, idea and concept developing a great interest in contemporary art which is a fundamental tool in my creative process today.
My approach to architecture is in a strong dialogue with the visual arts. I believe architecture is an inhabited sculpture. I consider space as a singular fluid in which geometrical elements are introduced and exist at the protagonist. My work seeks to dissolve the limits between architecture and other artistic disciplines. Therefore, a floor plan can be a painting or the extrusion of a painting can be understood as a building.
I believe in architecture as a game in which the rules are defined by the function, the place and the conditions of each project, which constitute the only difference with other visual arts. I do not believe in iconic architecture. It is the people who inhabit it who should be the protagonists within a coherent and formal whole in which the main objective is to feel good.