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Discovering Instagrammer Murnau Den Linden
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Discovering Instagrammer Murnau Den Linden

Picture of Angelica Gianni
Updated: 12 December 2015
Social media has been part of our daily lives for years, and it looks like it is here to stay. The beauty of social media, especially Instagram, is that it allows you to find something new every day, including a variety of artistic talents from all around the world. We discovered an unusual, yet refreshing talented artist known as ‘Murnau Den Linden’.

TCT: Where do you get your inspiration?

Mainly, I am really inspired by the pre-Columbian art of Latin America; therefore, I feel a strong connection with Africa because of all the cultural connections between these two areas. Magical Realism and contemporary music are very important sources of inspiration for me as well. Also, I do love the ancient roots of northern and eastern Europe. And of course, southern Asia. Ancient roots and modern purity are definitely my cup of tea. You can take a look at my other Instagram account to get a better idea @purityfair.

TCT: Is there a general theme you follow while painting?

Absolutely. Two main concerns: the past and the present (therefore, the future as well). I have an special interest in understanding the link between the past and the present. For example, if I take a look at Latin America I can understand Spain’s (my country) current attitude in relation to another communities or simply between its inhabitants. That is on the one hand. On the another hand, I care about the present and ask a simple question: ‘Where are we going as civilisation?’ Our world is massively connected, and this is good in a way; new generations are visiting Tokyo, Cape Town and Beijing every week. You can check, just in a few seconds, the availability of a particular blood type in all the hospitals of Italy. And tonnes of other good things. But we must realize that it changes the entire structure of our world, especially in regards to the role and definition of borders, flags, and races, to just name a few.

TCT: There is a prevalence of the colours red, pink, green, and yellow in your art; is there a particular reason why you utilise mostly those colours?

Normally I start painting with red because I love the impact that it brings to the paintings, like a base for them. After that, I run free; I am very flexible. I allow the different colors and shapes to tell me what’s next. Of course I have a method to build each artwork, but basically, I want the effect of a gorgeous initial impression, so I look to preserve the essence of a pop aesthetic and the purity of naïve narrations among shapes and colors, being very honest with the audience.

TCT: What does Murnau Den Linden mean?

Well, this is a good one. And I think you are the first person to ask me that! It is a funny joke, but quite romantic and special to me. My surnames (Spanish people have two) are Lindes and Burnao. I love Berlin, and one of my favorite streets – and one of the most famous – is the Boulevard Unter Den Linden. F. W. Murnau was a German film director (best known for his film Nosferatu, an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula), and it was the original surname of my family as well.

TCT: We are impressed by your illustrious career shown on your LinkedIn profile; how did you begin painting? Was it always a passion of yours?

It seems that you really did your homework! What a pleasure!

I am very proud of my current background and knowledge, but we can say that they are unexpected pleasures.

I’ve always painted, but never professionally. I didn’t plan to arrive here, I just worked and shared my paintings on my social networks, mainly to feel fulfilled. Arts are my passion and my academic career grew from art institutions. However, life is unexpected; even if you plan your career with a detailed strategy, you have very limited control over external elements, such as the new era of communications. I know a little bit about how the art industry works, and things run in a very particular mood; the workflow is not so established as with other industries such as the financial market or retail business. Therefore, success comes from your social capabilities or the artistic scene of your city – a very different bunch of non-planned elements.

To see more of Murnau Den Linden on Instagram, follow him here.