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The meaning of plastic expression | Children's plastic expression and contemporary art

The meaning of plastic expression

Eugenio Estrada earned his PhD in Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. His thesis studies the origins of plastic expression in children and its relation to contemporary art. This work obtained the highest academic grade: "Apto cum laude".

Children's plastic expression and contemporary art

This is the title of his PhD thesis, which approaches both the art and the human being who is behind each artistic creation.

A drawing has many meanings for a child. It is a game, it is a way of expressing the personality, it is at the same time an exploration of reality, a learning. A child's draw is that and many more things. It is what we see, what we hear and what we touch.

From hook to figuration, the child express freely. In his research, Eugenio Estrada analyzes which are the messages behind those drawings: its motivation, its meaning and the symbols used. There is a time when children start to change what they want to paint by what others want to see. When the child loses this spontaneity, the cycle is closed.

Once they are adults, many contemporary painters have rescued - from a depurated technic - this echo of liberty and spontaneity. The thesis compares hundreds of children drawings to the artistic works of well-known artists.

A shorter version of the thesis, with the keys of this research, is available as the book "Génesis y evolución del lenguaje plástico de los niños", published by "Mira Editores".