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Lulu Figueroa

Brushstrokes of the third millennium.
In Madrid, with an aristocratic painter/blogger.

Upcoming appearance in June, at the new talents show at the Marlborough Gallery in Madrid, in artist’s garb. The preferred role of Lulu Figueroa, daughter of Álvaro Figueroa Griffith and Lucila Domecq Williams. Painter and blogger (www.lulumai.com), the descendant of the Counts of Romanones lives an “it girl” life, with a passion for sneakers, treading in and out of Madrid’s hippest contemporary scene.
Upcoming appearance in June, at the new talents show at the Marlborough Gallery in Madrid, in artist’s garb. The preferred role of Lulu Figueroa, daughter of Álvaro Figueroa Griffith and Lucila Domecq Williams. Painter and blogger (www.lulumai.com), the descendant of the Counts of Romanones lives an “it girl” life, with a passion for sneakers, treading in and out of Madrid’s hippest contemporary scene. We meet with her in the dense and cultured home of her grandmother Aline, Countess of Romanones, a retired spy, the place where she spent much of her childhood and whose atmosphere influenced her artistic vision: “It’s true, my paintings have lots of patterns, like the decadent esthetic I grew up in, full of colors and things.” She first took up the brushes as a child, then experimented with terracotta sculptures before returning to painting, this time with serious intent. She studied art history, much of which she could see examples of at home, and then decided to dedicate herself to painting as a profession. Her perfect day is spent with her brushes and her dog, and then, after sunset, some friends and a ramble around Spain’s capital. Where and how? Read on.

Lulu Style:

I feel elegant in: red lipstick and a lot of mascara.
The outfit of my dreams: all day in my sneakers. And in the evenings, too: why not? Maybe with a little bit of heel.
Luxury is: my work tools and a free day ahead of me.
Best gift received: a trip to New York, when I was 19. I’d like to get one to Italy, starting in Venice.
3-day suitcase contents: I always take too much. In theory, all you need is jeans, sneakers and white t-shirts, a black pullover, an evening dress and a pair of shoes with heels. In practice, I always take a lot of trousers and high heels, which I never wear.
My favorite place: my family’s estate in Jerez, where I eat, drink and sleep, and feel completely at home.
Music: dance beats. Madonna and David Bowie forever, but right now I’m crazy about Light it up, by Major Lazer.

The prefect day.
- Getting up early and going for a walk.
- Painting all day and going out at sunset.
- Dancing until late or going to bed early, both are cool with me.
The feeling for interiors: a home should always be comfortable. Very lived in and full of things, with floral drapes. I like them like the ones I grew up with, but in lighter tones.
The book: “Perfume” (by P. Süskind), reading it makes you feel like you’ve fallen into it.
The film: “Dracula” (by Francis Ford Coppola): I love the horror genre and its esthetic.
A fear: not being able to do what I like to do.
Never: ponchos and bell bottoms.
Always: sneakers and rings on my fingers.
Favorite App: Instagram: it’s a total addiction.

My Madrid.
- Breakfast at “Il Tavolo Verde”, c/Villalar.
- A visit to the Sorolla Museum, the private house where the famous impressionist painter from Madrid lived.
- The Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande in C/ San Buenaventura, 1.
- A stroll through the Sabatini Gardens, at the Royal Palace.
- Lunch at La Jefa, for a super corvina fish tartare. C/ de Recoletos.
- Shopping very Spanish in Calle Serrano: Intropia, Bimba Y Lola and the multibrand Barry Twice..
- Aperitif at the Hotel de las Letras, in C/ Gran Vía, 11.
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