Quinapanta does not do plans or preliminary sketches. His works take form naturally and spontaneously, conceived of and created in the moment. Quinapanta explains:
Quinapanta works with a diverse range of materials, and likes to have many available from which he can choose, but does not believe they are necessary to create a moment of inspiration.
It is this childlike awe that plays itself out in the essence of the artist’s work, translated into symbols, figures and forms. "My emotion transforms into a volcano, my sadness into an octopus, my joy into a tiny being, patience into millions of labyrinths, into geometry, my doubts into mist, into pastel colours. My love too, the love for life itself, transforms into strong colours. When I look at those immense volcanoes, I feel the power of life. When I look at the sea, I see the infinite ignorance that I have and when, from time to time I have the bravery to look at the sky and feel worthy to have eyes to see it, I feel committed to life."
This profound internal process is externalised in a way that all humanity can identify with, expressing fundamental human truths. Seemingly opposing concepts coincide harmoniously in Quinapanta’s work, showing two sides of the same coin simultaneously. Construction and destruction, the natural and the man-made, logic and madness, life-force and death, innocence and horror, violence and tenderness, the modern and the ancient, freedom and entrapment, complexity and simplicity all interact with one another and are unified in contrast. As Quinapanta remarks, "these are the most basic principles of existence – the instinct of a living being. When there is already so much pain, I would prefer to give people a little beauty, an opportunity to dream awake. But the human being also has a dark part and I like to elaborate on every corner that my mind permits me to. I like to enter deeply because it is the only way to see images in a distinct aesthetic. They are facets that everyone experiences in life. I’m not painting things that don’t exist."
Quinapanta believes that art should be able to locate and find answers to the unknown things that from time to time drown one. He would like people to approach his art without so many prerequisites or intelligent explanations, and to simply enjoy a tangible, palpable dream, discarding our intrinsic fear of losing ourselves. "My art is for those who can feel fear without feeling ashamed, for those that want to scream, without being afraid to be heard, for people who want to forget about adult responsibilities and simply enjoy like a child. My art is for making concepts uncomfortable and inconveniencing ideologies. My art wants to provide a window through which to distract oneself from reality."
"Perhaps," concludes Quinapanta, "I simply want to create a small piece of poetry and translate it into graphics."