On the table, a tastevin in which Mauro Ceballos dips his brush. Delicately, the artist applies the divine drink on the white sheet. The color is an intense red, that of wine (a cabernet franc) and that of his love for art. Raised in a cellar in the south of Chile, the designer had the idea of a bit crazy to associate his two passions with a comic book. The theme: the history of the vineyard in Chile. A story intimately linked to the Bordeaux region where the artist realized his project and where he took a wife (his wife is from Andernos).
Painting by Mauro Ceballos. Next to him there is a saucer full of red wine, the pigment he has chosen.
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"Di Vin Sang" begins at the time of the conquerors who imported the vine in South America in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and tells over two hundred years of conquests and encounters between the old and the new world. A seemingly distant but strangely familiar story. Did you know, for example, that in the mid-nineteenth century two French people were watching the replanting of vineyards in Chile? For the anecdote, one of these, Antoine de Tounens will become the king of Araucania, a region in the south of Chile. This grape variety, ancestor of the current Chilean vineyards, came from Bordeaux.
The cover of the comic book.
© Mauro Ceballos
It is therefore natural that Mauro Ceballos, who has also traveled all over the world, has chosen Gironda to carry out his project. He met the organic wine producer Olivier Cazenave, who was enthusiastic about his idea of "wine painting". It is with one of his wines, a cabernet franc that the artist made "Di Vin Sang". The result is surprising: the illustrations in shades of pink and red, recall the watercolor for the technique and the blood for the color. A unique work is also featured in the animated film directed by the Venezuelan Sergio Santamaria and music by Waagal. A film that will be presented in 2019 at BD concerts.
"Di Vin Sang" by Mauro Ceballos – 43 pages, 30 euros. Available on firstname.lastname@example.org