LULU FIGUEROA: THE ART OF DIFFERENCE
The artist and influencer Lulu Figueroa talks about her path in painting, her limitless style and the emotions of her pregnancy.
Like an authentic painter from the Parisian streets of Montmartre, the camera captures Lulu Figueroa in her natural environment, surrounded by some of her favourite creations, with an overall relaxed look that reminds of the bohemian style that artists inherently possess. Wearing a beret, extralarge earrings, strawberry coloured lipstick and clothing items that visit from flower and striped prints to embroidered velvet, Lulu remains loyal to a style that runs away from established rules and celebrates individuality. “I like to take risks. I’m a little crazy sometimes. But I think that what’s important is to feel comfortable with what you’re wearing, if you’re confident it doesn’t matter what other people say”, she comments. “Even if they say ‘you look terrible’, you shouldn’t listen. I mean, I think you should ask for an opinion but you should know who to ask and trust oneself. Trust the mirror”. As a true believer in the concept of beauty being something purely personal, she thinks beauty is made up of different things: “It’s how you move, what you wear, what you say, how you say it… It’s not so much something physical as it is the way you move, beauty is also the naturalness in you”.
“I like to take risks. I’m a little crazy sometimes. But I think that what’s important is to feel comfortable with what you’re wearing, if you’re confident it doesn’t matter what other people say”.
“Where I actually switch off is at home. In my study, when I’m painting and I forget about my phone”.
In Lulu’s life, both in fashion and painting as well as in her current personal situation, there’s a common denominator: family. Although she admits to not always follow the fashion advice that her grandmother Aline Griffith, the Countess of Romanones, gave her, she does remember them perfectly: “She would always say that it shouldn’t be obvious that you had make up on, she didn’t like excess. Her basic colors were white, black and red, she loved to highlight the woman’s femininity and, above all, she loved to be elegant”. Lulu’s style icon? Her own mother.
The family factor is also present in her professional area, they all have art flowing through their veins. “All my siblings draw, my uncle Christian is a well known portrait painter, my mother also paints, my grandmother, my greatgrandmother…”, she points out. With a paint brush in her hand since she was little, Lulu decided to dedicate herself to painting professionally after her college graduation. In the beginning she started with oil painting but now she assures that her favourite way of working is by ‘crushing’ watercolor. Although she likes portrait painting she finds it complicated and always ends up finding her main source of inspiration in nature. “My drawings, especially in the beginning, are characterized by duality, chiaroscuro… Little by little I’ve been acquiring my own style”, she declares. “What I want with my paintings is to awaken emotions, to produce something, to awaken something in you. Tenderness, sensibility, quietness…”. It’s precisely the creation process of her works what transports her to a relax bubble. “I always say my oasis of peace is Jerez but where I actually switch off is at home. In my study, when I’m painting and I forget about my phone”, she admits.
Mainly flowers and animals fill up her collection of artwork that has been exhibited on many occasions in prestigious locations like the Marlborough Gallery. “It was an honor to exhibit there. Imagine… I was surrounded by the best, Antonio López, Genovés… I was so happy!”, she affirms. With the past being so exciting, the future looks just as promising –or more– for her. This year she will exhibit in the gallery Échale Guindas in Madrid, a space that gathers the best emerging artists, and next year she will become a mother for the first time.
Four and a half months pregnant and already feeling the little one –a boy– moving inside, Lulu confesses to have uncertainty in regards to this new adventure. “I can’t imagine it yet. I can imagine certain things but I think until you live it and feel it… My friends have told me millions of experiences but I think each person is different and we react in different ways”. But with an artist mother and a father –Adrián Saavedra– that’s writing a novel, one thing is certain: the child will have the most creative soul.