"The "Simbiosismo"

blurs the existential limits

between painting and photography "

Chicote CFC / 2012

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- Several artistic disciplines simultaneously

- Technology and artistic talent

- Vision and cognition

What is the SIMBIOSISMO?

Painting, photography or both...?

The "Symbiosism" (Symbiotic art) is undoubtedly the "evolution and future" of art

and basically consists of the symbiosis combination of:


       FOUNDATIONS                        PHILOSOPHY                  WHAT IS SIMBIOSISMO?          PHOTO / SIMBIOSIS                      THE ARTIST                     WHY SYMBIOSISMO                         VALUES



The "Symbiosism" in plastic arts, means taking a quantitative and qualitative leap in terms of technique and procedures, since its forms and methods had remained anchored in the tradition with hardly any changes over hundreds of years, again positioning to painting suddenly at the zenith of the artistic and technological avant-garde of our time.

The painting returns to position itself, in the first reference line of art after a period of uncertainty, doubt and uncertainty. During this time it has been displaced and relegated to a mere field of ancient mastery, pushed and overlapped by other areas of art of greater dynamism such as cinema, design, animation, "performance ..." that have evolved with faster.

"Symbiosism" is not intended to imitate or copy anything that has been done so far, but rather seeks to create works that would otherwise be tediously difficult to achieve with just the use of brushes and the artist's hand. The level of detail, perfection and agility that the new media provide would be unthinkable otherwise without the help of technology. "

"Symbiosism" becomes transgressive with the firm purpose of reversing the current stereotype implanted in society that makes the image the foundation and premise of our lives. Create works based on images, show an apparent reality that we take for granted, that fade with the same ease with which fiction itself does.

"Symbiosism" is not something unknown, it simply reappears at the forefront with a new conception and greater intensity. Egyptians and later civilizations had the habit of coloring their sculptures and bas-reliefs, creating great combinations between painting and sculpture, as was the case with the beautiful polychrome of the carvings of Spanish sacred art. The novelty is that now that fusion encompasses many more aspects of art. The architecture surprises us with buildings and skyscrapers, which in themselves turn out to be huge and wonderful sculptural pieces, fusing both disciplines, while with the "Symbiosism" the painting and photography combine to create something hitherto novel, impossible without the Technology support. The artistic disciplines that join in symbiosis are increasingly different thanks to new media.

Now the photographer is no longer a mere eyewitness who tries to capture moments or events, is also a leading player in the development of his work, paints about his work, is a painter and is a photographer.

"Hyperrealism" and "photographic realism" tried to achieve through painting, photographic quality in their works and "Symbiosism" in one of its modalities, reverses that process by making painting photography.



"Symbiosism" is an artistic method that is basically based on a way to create "pictorial works" based on a main purpose, to get rid of the false idea that makes us think that images are an undeniable premise of reality.

The image conditions us. We assume that the images show us a faithful and pure representation of reality, but we have reached a technological point and level in which we are no longer able to clearly differentiate between reality and fiction. No doubt many unreal things will start to torment our lives. "Symbiosism" transgresses with that stereotype of reality that prevents our brain from establishing itself in certainty, making it clear that every image can be easily unstructured and that they are the same as certain other realities that are apparently not so obvious.

"Symbiosism" is a way and method of making art that does not restrict or rule out the treatment of themes or motives in any of both past and contemporary trends. It admits figuration and abstraction, realism, impressionism, "fauvism", "surrealism", expressionism, etc ...


The "Symbiosism" in its execution is a painting applied by digital media with a useful base totally or partially covered in the collage more or less altered of one or several photographs, which are and will always be a product of the creative result of the same artist. It is a technique, medium, method or tool to add to the existing ones of oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylics, etc ... for the creation and elaboration of works, which fundamentally relies on the resources that the new technologies have put within our reach, modernizing, evolving and streamlining existing ways and forms. It allows to expand the artistic procedures that now allow us greater creativity and ways of expression without ever departing from the fundamental artistic philosophy of the necessary skill, management, experience and knowledge that are required of the artist, always accompanied by the essential ingredients of ingenuity and the creativity.

The pictorial art as we know it today has few and few resources to avoid being repetitive, if it does not show the improvements that new technologies bring us daily. This new trend is the result of taking advantage of these means to emerge with new and renewed forces.





The difference between "Symbiosism" and photographic retouching is basically that, both as far as the photographic retouching is concerned, through the treatment of images is to dramatically improve the final result of the work, the "Symbiosism" which it deals with is to use photography as a palette and color support for the ambience of new works, as well as the use of specific collage elements in the style of those already used in previous trends in order to obtain a completely different final result.

In other words, the Symbiosism "decomposes the original photographs" to end up generating a new work with a different conception and meaning of the one originally conceived. Let's say the original photos are the preliminary sketches while the oil that permeates the canvas. All the work, both the photographs and the painting and elements thereof must belong to the artist, that is, they are prototypes created by the artist from the beginning to the end of the process.

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The Symbiotic Artist is a mixture of Photographer and Painter. He is a doubly qualified artist who uses both media, Photography and Painting for the creation of his works, both being in origin, origin and creation result of the same artist.

He bases his work on the useful mixture of the two means of expression, so far so different in his behavior, but that technology has made it possible to unify in a single format. The execution of the work is carried out under the digital systems or computer media and departs from the manual technique of which it had been participating so far, which is already surpassed, which allows greater agility at the time of completion Of his works.

The legality of the system is established under the convenience of the painter showing or exposing the origin of his creation, that is, the original photographs that are part of the final work and that have been used as a resource.

The Symbiotic artist is one who is not limited only to creating works of a great aesthetic level, rather it combines it with the accompaniment of the narration of a testimony, or provides a logical explanatory argument to it, it may be based on stories and chronicles or reflections that support the motive of the work.
It allows to establish in any case a dialogue and correlation between vision and cognition.




Of course a good photograph can form and compose a good painting in itself, but the photograph is a faithful reflection of an instant, a moment or event retained in time, which will never go beyond exhibiting, telling and being traced to something else than what happened in a limited time interval. Photography tells perhaps a little more about what the image recreates us, while "Symbiosism" narrates at the same time that it represents some events that follow and last during a period of greater temporal amplitude.


It reveals, manifests and denotes a whole spectrum of details, habits, behaviors, qualities and behaviors of the life of the people participating in a specific period and time, staging it through the recreation of theatrical plans as a novel. The artist-photographer who resorts to "Symbiosism" wishes to make an extensive account of a non-specific event.




"Symbiotic art" or "symbiosism" structurally assumes:

Basically and primarily it dilutes that barrier until now existing between photography and painting. Painting through "hyperrealism and photorealism" tries briefly to reach photographic art, but photography was never able to approach painting.

The path that allows the works to acquire the rationalized communicative sense that has characterized it throughout its history is retaken in art, not merely being a decorative support of public and private spaces.

Get the observer to participate and interact with the work. Read the message, obtain parameters and conclusions, reflect, and investigate until you find those hidden images and elements that are part of the work exhibited by the artist.

It uses in its method of expression the support of any of the known artistic tendencies, both past and the most avant-garde.

In short: it puts "Symbiosism" in the foreground of the magnitude of the great artistic tendencies, in an attempt to achieve that finally "digital art" obtains recognition as an artistic expressive medium with "Capital letters" that until now had been denied.

In summary:

  • "Symbiosism" is a way of seeing and understanding art.

  • Hyperrealism and photographic realism try to make photography and "Symbiosism" painting in one of its modalities, it makes photography painting.

  • "Symbiosism" among other variables, is a mixture of photography and painting made both by the same artist.

  • His exhibition in front of the public necessarily requires a sample of the finished photo-pictorial work, as well as the photographs of which said work participates.

  • "Symbiosism" is primarily intended to tell stories, capture ideas and thoughts, but can also participate in pure expressionism.

  • The "Symbiotic" artist is a PAINTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER and is equally interested in both disciplines. You do not want to depart from any of them, but rather to create a single one using both.

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