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Moulded in Art

  By RANVIJAYSINH JHALA, TIME N STYLE   Jun 6th 2012 at 11:00AM Cars & Jets RATED

Raúl Rubio

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Creating masterpieces through porcelain, Lladró sculptor, Raúl Rubio made his first maiden visit to India. Here, he speaks about working with sculptures inspired by Indian mythological figures, his art and the creation of pristine porcelain figurines

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

How did you start sculpting? Was there any other medium of art that you were also inclined towards?

Raúl Rubio

Art is the same, whatever art you do. I started out by helping my dad since I was very young, and that’s how I got fascinated and got into this field.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

How do you conceive designs for the figurines you create?

Raúl Rubio

We share ideas with the Lladró team, and once we get an approval, we go ahead with the work. For example, with regard to the Indian figurines, I did a lot of research on Indian art and things related to the mythological figures, and I submitted ideas on what I could do. They got approved and I began working on the Ganeshas and the Rama-Sita, among others.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

What is the creative process when you’re creating these pieces?

Raúl Rubio

There’s a lot of creative freedom, once ideas are approved. Even when we start working, there’s no particular deadline that we have to observe. We have to finish the task in a basic frame of time, but it’s not completely binding. Lladró doesn’t put any other kind of restrictions, except for ensuring that we don’t work with any other companies that make and deal with similar goods. Sharing of ideas outside of Lladró is not permitted.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

What was the first sculpture you created for Lladró?

Raúl Rubio

It was 10 years ago, and it was a flamenco dancer. I’ve been with Lladró for 10 years now.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

How would you describe the way you design and express your creative sensibilities?

Raúl Rubio

It really depends on what people want from us. It depends on what works and what is appreciated by the clientele. We cater to them and create pieces that are in sync with their sensibilities.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

What is it about figures from Hindu mythology that you find so fascinating?

Raúl Rubio

I’m not into religion as such. Hindu mythology was just something that caught my attention, and I researched on it on the Internet, read books, and that’s how I learnt more about it in order to come up with ideas for the figurines. I don’t know all that much about the religion as such.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

What has been your most memorable work so far—something that has given you maximum creative satisfaction?

Raúl Rubio

I think that would have to be the Rama-Sita. There was Ganesha as well, but Ganesha had already been interpreted in several ways, so people already loved Ganesha as an endearing mythological figure that had been reinterpreted in several ways. With the Rama-Sita, interpreting it in porcelain figurines was particularly exciting.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

Is there any particular piece other than the Hindu figures that you hold close to your heart?

Raúl Rubio

That would have to be the Egyptian boat figurine—the Queen Of The Nile. It has everything—in terms of design, craftsmanship, skill and technique.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

What are you working on currently?

Raúl Rubio

I’m currently working on a porcelain interpretation of Laxman and Hanuman.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

What is the process of creating a figurine, from start to finish?

Raúl Rubio

Once there’s an idea, it starts with sketching it, putting it on paper. I’m not the only one involved. There are others’ ideas and inputs, and other expertise involved too. The art is mine; the others contribute towards completing it, as and when required.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

How do you express your creativity besides sculpting?

Raúl Rubio

I work on 3D animation as a hobby. It’s related to what I do—creating 3D figures—but it’s virtual in this case.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

Besides figurines, do you also work on other porcelain items?

Raúl Rubio

It really depends on the requirement. If I need to contribute towards creating them at any stage, I work on lamps.

Ranvijaysinh Jhala, Time n Style

How was your experience in India?

Raúl Rubio

It’s definitely been a positive experience and I am taking back a lot from everything I’ve seen here.

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