"I grew up in a neighborhood where the values of the people were mainly based on a sexist structure. It was also a violent atmosphere where the strongest children stood out. In that environment, it was preferable to keep quiet any artistic or creative inquisitiveness, or risk being judged or banished."
"Making a man happy, for more than a few seconds after consumption, is not very interesting to a consumer society; for them an unsatisfied man is preferable. Beauty and art, therefore, is fundamental therapy today."
Former tattoo artist Lola Gil isn't always pleased with what she sees when she looks around her. Often, in fact, life can be a real "nightmare." But that's where art comes in. Through her fantastical paintings, Gil is able to create not only a refuge for herself but also a safe haven for her fans.
"I am not interested in painting images of sexual penetration. I really think that that kind of shock value in art is starting to desensitize people. My goal is to start making people more sensitive."