Master of Interiors: Get to Know Carlos San Millán

Carlos San Millán’s incredible interior paintings are a part of our newest exhibit, Inside Voices. We spoke with him about his work for the show, his favorite artists, and more:

Meyer Vogl Gallery: You paint a lot of interiors. What about this subject excites you? 
Carlos San Millán: I like to paint portraits of spaces and places, and I always choose my subjects looking for its evocative power. I feel attraction to places where memory load can be sensed looking at the disposition of objects, the atmosphere or the invisible presence of those who inhabit or have inhabited that place.

MVG: Give us a glimpse into a day spent painting. Any studio rituals?
CSM: I’m very methodical due to my technical process and hardly ever improvise my work sessions. I always listen to classical music while painting.

MVG: Artists you admire (whether living or not living): 
CSM: My leading artists are certain old masters like Velázquez, Turner, Vermeer. Also Hammersöi and Edward Hopper as interior painters, and Antonio López García, Lucian Freud, and Ewan Uglow as masters of that so-called ‘diaphanous painting,’ interested on surfaces and representation of matter. 

MVG: Favorite places to travel to be inspired? 
CSM: I love Portugal. Sintra is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and Lisbon is a wonderful city to walk.

MVG: Side note — Laurie Meyer will be teaching a painting workshop in Sintra. Find out more here (link to

 MVG: Your perfect day off: 
CSM: Painting in the morning and enjoying the rest of the day with my family and friends.

MVG: Can you tell us about the room in this painting … where is it? What drew you in?  

CSM: That unique place is the old studio of a friend of mine, also a painter, named Antonio Herrera. He lived in Madrid and moved recently to Mexico. I’ve been painting that inspiring house and studio for years. I could say that I developed my interest in interior views painting those rooms over and over again.

“Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.” – Wassily Kandinsky