artnet Asks: Conceptual Artist Quim Bové

The founder of conceptual art group Andorran Currency shows us his Arizona studio.

Quim Bové in his studio
Quim Bové in his studio Photo: Courtesy the artist.

As a boy in Catalonia, Quim Bové taught himself the art of painting. He carefully studied the brushstrokes of Spanish Modernists such as Dalí, Picasso, and Antoni Tàpies, and was involved in community art schools and art events for students in his region. He attended the Experimental Art School Xaloc in the principality of Andorra and went onto to teach art and found Andorran Currency, a conceptual art group. In 1966 Bové moved with his wife and three children to Arizona in search of a spiritual energy to portray in his paintings. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
As far as I remember, I was six years old and I was already drawing and painting. That was kind of normal in my life, I didn’t realize that I was already an Artist.

Quim Bové, Orange Confluency (2014)

Quim Bové, Orange Confluency (2014)
Mixed media, 48 x 48 in.
Photo: Courtesy the artist.

What inspires you?
The spiritual energy… I’m inspired by the spiritual energy of the universe that I feel is directly related to humankind.

Quim Bové, Yellow Rotation (2014)

Quim Bové, Yellow Rotation (2014)
Mixed Media, 48 x 48 in.
Photo: Courtesy the artist.

If you could own any work of modern or contemporary art, what would it be?
I love Edward Ruscha and the mental dialogue with the power of painted words.

Quim Bové's studio

Quim Bové’s Arizona studio
Photo: Courtesy the artist.

What are you working on at the moment?
A  large format piece called “Multiverse,” the contraposition of positive and negative abstract images.

When not making art, what do you like to do? 
I love traveling with my wife, watching classic movies, listening to jazz, and drinking an Old Fashioned.


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