A Story of Travel, Art, and Passion.
New York, 1946 - a surreal and different type of art rises from the ashes of World War II. A first in the American movement to achieve international influence and put New York at the centre of the western art world. With Surrealism as a predecessor, this automatic, dreamlike, colourful style had taken the world by storm.
Marrakech, 1987 - Galvinsky (AMIN) takes his first breath as he opens his eyes to a grinning doctor. A future avid art collector and architecture enthusiast was trying to comprehend his surroundings as he laid there, gazing into walls.
Early Beginnings - Growing Fond of Art.
These two events relate later in life. When Galvinsky paints his first ‘abstract painting’. Uncomely, as it was, it opened many doors that Galvinsky decided to enter. Inspired by anything that’s radiant, bright-coloured, or eccentric, Galvinsky developed a passion for art - especially abstract art. His contemporary works have gone unnoticed, except by his family and close friends. And while timidness is highly unlikely a trait found in artists, Galvinsky, since his earliest days, was determined to get his work out there.
The house Galvinsky grew up in was filled with hospitality, an appreciation for art and Moroccan culture, and more importantly - rugs! At the time, he did not know that these floor coverings would later become his main focus. Before they were woollen canvases that exhibit ‘traditional gone abstract’ art, the rugs merely provided comfortable seating and a sensationally smooth feeling.
Upon realizing that contemporary art isn’t a desired requirement within the job market, Galvinsky had to roll up his sleeves for ‘real work’. Trying his best to include his passion for his future position, Galvinsky decided to study tourism. That way, he thought, traveling for work would also yield other passionate benefits and artistic inspirations.
And much like every sterling artist, when their passion is on the horizon, all roads lead to the outcome they long for - getting their work out there.
Galvinsky’s Professional Life - and Inspiring Travels.
Galvinsky’s decision to study abroad granted him numerous artistic advantages. For one, he discovered the city’s various landmarks that date back to 880AD. Setting one’s eyes on ‘Alhambra’ will surely spark their imagination, and even more so when the eyes are that of an aspiring artist.
After learning the tricks of the trade, gaining tourism knowledge and insight, and eventually starting his very own travel agency in Spain, being the perfectionist he is, Galvinsky dominated in his field. His fondness of art and hospitable Moroccan attitude had allowed him global recognition. With clients from all over the world, the business boomed and sated Galvinsky’s professional desires.
However, something was missing. Something that was more than mere emolument. When he was asked about his thoughts on the travel industry and his business, he had this to say:
“There were moments where I felt I was trapped. What I once thought would award me the artistic satisfaction I yearned for only made me feel even more enclosed. I knew I had to do something about this feeling. Eventually, I figured that I needed to connect with people on a deeper level, I had to surround myself with artists, people that create and inspire. I had to realize my childhood dream.”
After that self-reflecting moment, Galvinsky decided to connect with his hometown, the roots that never stopped giving - Marrakech. Being of Berber origins, Galvinsky headed to the one place he was sure wouldn’t disappoint. A place filled with art, awe-inspiring landscapes, and most of all - meticulous weavers. With each gasp of fresh Atlas Mountains’ air, Galvinsky felt one step closer to his dream. The hospitality of this place, the amazing people and friendly locals only made him more sure of his decision. Leaving it all behind did not seem like a daring decision after all.
The traveller within Galvinsky never left. He used his expertise to roam the Moroccan territory. Later on, a calling would reach his soul. A calling made by treasures that inhibit the High Atlas Mountains. These treasures are hard-working, meticulous, and the most jubilant beings on God’s green earth - the Berber women of the Atlas. In Galvinsky’s words:
“Women in the Atlas Mountains are the essence of Nomad33. They are the ones that create and give my conceptions life. Without them, there wouldn’t be a Nomad33, and I would’ve probably taken a different direction. I am eternally grateful for them. In my eyes, they’re absolute gems, and they are hugely underappreciated.”
*Jaques Majorelle’s Souk Zarbia. It’s like this was intended for us!
Insight, Revelation, and Lifelong Companions!
Gustaw Gwozdecki Had Kiki de Montparnasse as a muse, Pablo Picasso was inspired by Marie-Thérèse Walter, and AMIN - had many. Of course, Galvinsky’s muses are a little more shapely, populated, and they all boasted haunting pieces of art. He was inspired by cities, cultures, and ancient traditions. During his work endeavours, Galvinsky visited many artsy cities. And despite travelling all around the world for both business and inspirational purposes, cities such as Granada, London, New York, Dubai, and Barcelona remain, as Galvinsky likes to put it, “Cities that made me feel out of this world.”.
One place, in particular, struck Galvinsky with artistic awe and inspiration. The Majorelle Garden is a peaceful haven for two particular artistic spirits. By 1950, the Garden was almost in ruins. Built by the renowned, Moroccan at heart, French painter Jaques Majorelle; the Garden fell into disrepair. It was a national loss. But, in 1980, the Garden was resurrected by yet another French old master - Yves-Saint-Laurent. The originator loved Marrakech, so much so that he decided to stay there, indefinitely. That’s one spirit. And after the unfortunate demise of Yves-Saint-Laurent, his ashes were scattered around the sublime Garden. This only goes to show how this gem of a city enthrals artists and charms every inventive soul. The essence of Jacques Majorelle is still alive with Galvinsky today - in the form of stupendous paintings!
Picasso isn’t the only Pablo that had awarded Galvinsky artistic insight. An affectionate, playful, and brilliant companion entered Galvinsky’s life six years ago. A French bulldog that would later become a happy fixation to Galvinsky. After medical tests showed that Pablo’s dander would cause severe asthma problems for Galvinsky, the latter was forced to forsake Pablo. Of course, such a compassionate, and cardinal part of Galvinsky’s life can’t be easily forsaken. And he wasn’t. Galvinsky’s friends understood the situation and offered a loving home to Pablo where Galvinsky may reunite with him every week.
As any dog lover, Galvinsky was deeply scarred because of the absence of his high-nosed friend. And in order to recreate jubilant memories, Galvinsky, as expected, resorted to art. You’ll find his room filled with sculptures of Pablo, embellished and painted to perfection.
“Merely looking at Pablo’s face inspires me. Once I take a quick glance at his adorable features, whether he’s laying there peacefully or from memory, I feel a surge of artistry.”
A Collection of Art, Ingenuity, and Creativity.
Nomad33 serves as an attestation of the innumerable inspirations throughout Galvinsky’s journey, as well as a claim of gloriousness towards the Berber women weavers of the Atlas. Together, Galvinsky and his angels will continue creating masterpieces that embellish, inspire, and comfort.