"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."
"I am, of course, not entirely sure of what is going on in these images because, were I too certain, I would have no need to attempt them. But the dissatisfaction, or 'frustration,' as you call it, is very much a necessary ingredient. Maybe even the only ingredient."
"In my paintings, the woman is often a stand-in for all of humanity. I use the seduction of feminine beauty to act as a sort of 'lure' to encourage viewers to look longer and more closely at the work. She leads the viewers in, presents them with the unfolding scenario and makes them her co-conspirators. Without this human element in the painting, I think it is easier for the viewer to remove him or herself from the situation."
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.