Born in Granollers in 1986, Jordi Díaz Alamà graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. He studied with the painters Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Antonio López and Odd Nerdrum. He also attended the prestigious Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where he learned the techniques of the great masters of the 19th century. In September 2013 he opened his own academy, the Barcelona Academy of Art, where he teaches drawing and painting.
What would you like to be when you grow up?
J: When I grow up I would like to continue making a living out of my passion!
What’s the best thing about an ordinary day?
J: The moments of calm. And when inspiration finds me in my studio!
What’s the most amusing thing you’ve ever done in your life?
J: Riding historic Route 66 on motorcycle with my friends. It was a dream I had since I was a child.
What’s your favorite star?
J: Other than the Sun? The composer Hans Zimmer, who inspires me so much.
What would your ideal planet be like?
J: A planet that is fair, clean, abundant… everything we already have but we are destroying.
What food do you order on your birthday?
J: It is a special day so oysters and champagne!
How to draw a nose?
J: Observe, touch, understand the anatomy. Practice, practice and practice. And don’t be afraid of starting from scratch!
What did you like to draw when you were a child?
J: Freaky stuff
Do you have any tricks for sparking inspiration?
J: Lock myself in the studio, let it catch me working!
Can you tell us how the Barcelona Academy of Art was born?
J: During my time as a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, I realized that many students wanted to have a real solid figurative foundation in drawing, painting and sculpture before embarking on more personal plastic expressions. With the Academy, I wanted to create an ideal program for learning the true profession of artist, techniques, materials, composition, etc. After 6 years of activity, we are not only forming international artists but we are also creating an authentic figurative artistic community of which I am very proud.
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