Project Description

María Inés Aguirre


María Inés Aguirre


In 2018-19, I painted a brand new Steinway Model D piano which I called ‘Chromasoul’. It’s part of my long-term project ‘The Music of Colour’, which explores the infinite possibilities of colour and music

It was inspired by music which celebrates nature, so among the pieces I listened to while painting the piano were works by Debussy, Richard Strausss, Vaughan Williams, Messaien and Domenico Zipolo, an 18th century Jesuit priest who taught music to Guarani people close to the area I was born in.

 ‘Chromasoul’ seeks to express the infinite possibilities of music and life.  The exterior reflects the energy and diversity of the world around us, with each dot as a musical note and beat of a human heart. The inside represents our interior world and the heart itself. Since each colour originates from minerals, the piano also reflects the incredible diversity of our inner and exterior worlds.

‘Chromasoul’, the wonderful painted Steinway by María Inés Aguirre (MIA),marks a culminating moment in a tendency that is increasingly manifesting itself. The colours and forms she has discovered to clothe this superb instrument express the soul of the music that is performed on it. Rather than looking for ways to decorate an instrument, as most of her predecessors have done, she has looked for ways to express its inner spirit.

(Edward Lucie-Smith 2019)

Above all, I wanted ‘Chromasoul’ to become an exuberant abstract adventure which takes Kandinsky’s words to heart:

‘Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings.  The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul’

Chromasoul video