Introduction to fine arts

The fine arts are considered to be all those artistic forms that seek the aesthetic representation of beauty or reality regardless of their functionality or practical purpose.

Is Fine Arts a good career?

The arts provide a very wide occupational field, stimulating creativity and bringing the world closer to the imagination, thus helping to build a healthier world. Within the career of Fine Arts are studied plastic, music, sculpture, literature, dance and all disciplines that make up such a broad concept although, according to a survey of students in the third year of the career, almost eighty percent of students are inclined to plastic arts when exercising their profession.

What are the career options in fine arts?

Although artistic careers have always been understood as a training option with limited professional opportunities, the reality is completely different and it all depends on the specialty you choose and the interests you want to take to the professional level.

While the concept of Fine Arts is usually confused with painting only, the truth is that it includes other artistic forms such as sculpture, architecture, music, dance, film, theatre and other more innovative ones such as photography or design.

For example, many of the creatives who work in advertising or creative studios have been trained in Fine Arts and have specialized in Art Direction, Graphic Design or Audiovisual Design.

Many others take advantage of the pull of new technologies and specialize in creating video games, digital animation or web creation.

What is the most expensive painting in the world?

Private sales and auctions are a means of accessing works and collections of all kinds and these are the 10 most expensive works sold so far, according to the Spanish publication El Cultural:

  • Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci

It was made in 1500 and auctioned in November 2017 for 450 million dollars at Christie’s in New York. Its buyer was the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salam.

Only a few years ago, no one knew of the existence of Salvator Mundi, a portrait of Jesus created by the master Leonardo Da Vinci. Worse, the painting went viral in 2017 after it was part of an auction held at Christie’s (one of the most prestigious auction houses in the world). No, most people can’t afford to buy anything there) and reached a sum of 450,312,500 dollars, which made it one of the most expensive paintings in the world.

Like the Mona Lisa, this is a small painting, but full of details, and experts considered it as one of the most valuable paintings (culturally speaking) of humanity.

 What is “graphic art”?

The concept of Graphic Arts designates a group of trades, techniques, jobs and professions involved in graphics or publishing. In each case, the mentioned graphic arts include areas such as graphic design, press, different printing systems, binding and finishing.

 What is decorative art?

Decorative arts are arts or crafts related to the design and manufacture of beautiful objects that are also functional. It includes interior design, but is not usually architecture. The decorative arts are a series of figurative artistic disciplines traditionally linked to the creation and decoration of objects for use, unlike the fine arts (painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, photography and mosaic) which are intended to create artefacts whose sole purpose is instead aesthetic contemplation. This field includes all interior design crafts and interior design, such as furniture.

What do fine artists do?

This professional knows and masters the methods of the Visual Arts and as a result of his experiences and the analysis of the environment that surrounds him, he works in the execution of his work either individually or collectively, actively participating in contemporary plastic creation and exhibiting his work in various forums. Basically, his work is oriented towards the creation, development, preservation and artistic dissemination of the socio-cultural reality of the country, directly influencing the public that receives his work.

Where do fine artists work?

The plastic artists will exercise their profession, in the sector of the culture in galleries, museums and other cultural institutions.

They will work as promoters and organizers of artistic activities in the field of plastic arts, they will also work as freelancers presenting individual and collective exhibitions, as well as making commissioned works of drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving and ceramics.

  • In workshops, they create murals, paintings and sculptures that project certain aesthetic conditions in the interior and exterior environments of buildings
  • In their own workshop they produce paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings and ceramics that are acquired by collectors and tourists as objects for export.