My name is Nacho Frades.
I was born in Madrid on 07/07/1967.
My first contact with art was the books and works of art in my house. Especially a portrait of El Greco painted on a piece of furniture, I wondered how it could be possible. Later I began to draw and to go, when I was 14 years old, to museums of Modern Art and to the Museum of the Prado.
I went there a lot of times.
At that time, I asked my father if I could go to an art school, I went and I learned the basics. But I was small and the teacher was not very good, so I decided to go to the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, there I met many artists, the daily basis was to draw female nudes, hundreds, Thousands of drawings of female nudes, it gave me a strong profile in the drawing.
At that time my goal was to paint like Velázquez, and I worked very hard.
Then I went to the official School of Arts and Crafts, I finished and it was very good times.
Later I went to live in the south of Spain, and I did a Master with Antonio López, and Jose Caballero, and I began to paint for myself. I needed a job to support my family, so I started working in the animated film industry, making two movies (6 years).
In the computer animation industry, I started working with digital painting (I was painting on computers since 1985), and I decided that my art would be painted on the computer.
In 2005 I started to live full-time painting, now I think the best of my work is still to be done and to work hard.
My CV includes:
- Atrium Academy (Mainly learning Charcoal)
- Madrid Fine Arts Circle (Círculo de Bellas Artes, mainly learning nude figure)
- Arts & Cratfs Degree
- Master in Fine Arts (Complutense University Madrid)
- Master with José Caballero
- Master with Antonio López
- Affordable Art London 2002
- Brian Walker Gallery Chicago 2001
- Perdurabo Art Gallery London 2005
- ADA Almería, Digital Painters, 2007
- Maldelosnervios, Cádiz, Spain 2017
- Digital painter in the art department of many animation films.
- I am studying bachelor degree in Art History.
- Now I paint for colectors and Art consultants an also I’m giving painting classes to people with Schizophrenia as a therapy.
I have been in some art shows, as Affordable Art London, but I haven’t been very interested in art shows, fairs, and brick and mortar galleries, instead of this I show my work in internet. Now I am collaborating with Vango, Saatchi, Artfinder and Meural Galleries, that shows my work and manage my online sells.
My work is mainly digital painting. I started to paint in a computer 30 years ago, in 1987. My father’s company bought some Amstrad PC 1512, and I got a pirate disk of games ( I was looking for the “Prince of Persia”) in which came the painting soft “Deluxe Paint II”, I saw “paint” and opened it immediatily. I was fascinated, to paint in a computer!!! I forgot the prince of persia and began to work with 16 colors and a primitive mouse.
I am also exploring the possibilities of a new technique based in videogame engines to create stereoscopic and navigable immmersive environments based in my paintings. So with a virtual glasses you will be able to “enter” in the paintings and “walk” into the scenes. It’s a very time consuming activity and very complex, but I think the results are going to be great!
My work is in private collections, of United States, United Kingdom, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Poland and France.