Interviews Art & Aroma As One: The Crystal & Black Scented Rains of Renier Mendez

Art & Aroma As One: The Crystal & Black Scented Rains of Renier Mendez

12/17/16 08:55:39 (45 comments)

by: Lissette Montesino, Nayeli Cano

Renier Mendez

There are people who see colors when they smell fresh rain or a flower. There are people who feel the sun and the aroma of flowers, when they see a work of art. A frame. I align both pleasures." Renier Mendez.

Renier Mendez is a versatile artist, a lover of realistic painting, surreal and romantic. Since he was a kid, he has spent hours in his workshop to create images that come from our world that are both visual and colorful.

Some years ago he discovered the existence of another world - the wonderful universe of fragrances. From then on, he began to create his own scents and develop the emotions that these transmit until the ideas brought together these two arts. Thus were born his first works that inspired perfumes, or perfumes that motivated him to paint on canvas. It is about transmitting through smell and color all of the possible emotions related to a visual image: Darkness, Inspiration, Mystery, Caution, Suspense, Nostalgia, Nudity, Strength, Love, Rebirth, Overcoming, are simply an example of the emotions that can be actualized in images and perfumes.

As such, each of Renier's perfumes is inspired by a painting.

Each brushstroke has its own scent!

Currently, Renier has launched two fragrances: Crystal Rain and Black Rain, products of a collaboration with the Spanish perfumer Daniel Josier.

CRYSTAL RAIN

Crystal Rain by Renier Crystal Rain, oil / canvas 75 x 120 cm

CRYSTAL RAIN

A perfume inspired by the image of a girl who wants to purify her aura and rediscover herself.

Top: Orange Blossom, Apple, Bergamot, Thyme

Heart: Cypress, Cedar, Jasmine

Base: Amber, Leather, Gray Amber

...a fresh and luminous perfume. An energy shower for people with a desire to live.

Crystal rain

Black rain

Black RainBlack Rain, oil / canvas 70 x 125 cm

Black Rain

BLACK RAIN

A fragrance inspired by the subtle beauty of a young woman with an umbrella protecting herself from the dark rain that is looming over her.

Top: Rosa, Manzanilla

Heart: Violet, Jasmine, Leather Accord

Base: Patchouli, Musk, Orange Blossom, Gray Amber

... Dark, mysterious, Exquisite. A rain of inspiration for creative people.

 

Renier Mendez is originally from Cuba but currently resides in Prague (Czech Republic). He met our moderator of the Spanish forum Lissette Montesino, who also came from Cuba, and they are now great friends; Thanks to her, Renier granted us this interview.

LISSETTE: What motivated you to enter the world of perfume?

RENIER: The passion and motivation to discover a new world of creation which could help my visual works to interact with us. Every day fewer people go to the art galleries, so for me fragrance is a way to bring my creations to the public.

 

LISSETTE: How did this passion start? Where did it begin?

RENIER: I am the third generation in a family of artists. There was a time when we crafted works in wood, artistic sculptures, and many times we used a wood called sabina, its perfume filled the whole room where we worked. Also other materials, such as the clay itself and the smell of the paint, were inducing me to want to experience painting with those smells, mixing them and creating other paintings! I think that was how I understood the magic of perfume.

 

LISSETTE: Did any specific brand of perfume serve as your inspiration?

RENIER: No. I think the inspiration has come to my perfume through my color palette and that's something I feel very proud of; it's authentic.

 

LISSETTE: How did Black Rain come to be?

RENIER: My initial idea was to build a perfume exhibition but it was very ephemeral, transient, as is much of contemporary art is today! So I stared for a while at the picture of Black Rain, which had just begun in those days and while looking for how to translate it I realized that it was a much stronger concept to link a painting with a perfume, because it is a way to perpetuate them as a joint work. That was how I asked Daniel Josier to follow the image of the picture and create the perfume. Previously I indicated my ideas about the smell I was looking for and showed him the work. But I did not need to talk too much, he's an excellent perfumer and the result is almost exactly what I imagined. It is true that we made 6 perfumes and from them I chose. With Crystal Rain it was similar!

 

LISSETTE: Why Daniel Josier?

RENIER: I liked his fragrances such as Interdit Absente, you Musk and Ambre Tabac (which I have painted a picture of, by the way) and so I decided to make a modest proposal. It was a time when Josier was giving me courses in perfume. Well, my goal is to create original fragrances for Renier Perfumes. He delightedly accepted the challenge and the adventure.

Renier Mendez and Daniel Josier Renier Mendez and Daniel Josier

LISSETTE: How did you come to this idea of attaching a perfume with a picture?

RENIER: It was a process, an idea that was gradually evolving. I think that when you spend hours and days, practically all your time, thinking and developing something that you like and then materialize it, you get closer and closer to what you want. It is wonderful! Then looking for information I realized that there is no one to do exactly this, so in fact, my perfumes I present with my paintings in my exhibitions are titled the same and have the same concept. It is like the liquid version of my brushstrokes.

My intention is to create palettes as if each perfume is a color on it. Crystal Rain might have a bright yellow or orange color on my palette, and Black Rain would be a dark blue color, because in the place of Green will come a new perfume, in violet, in white ...

 

LISSETTE: Tell us about the design and image of your work.

RENIER: Except for the part created by Daniel Josier, everything else I have done on my own! The design of the box, the label, the bottle cap, the brand logo. Everything is my design! Soon my final bottle will be completed, which is inspired by a paint tube completely personalized with my logo!

I focus more on the quality of the smell and the picture than on the wrapper. In the end people will buy fragrance for the aroma!

 

LISSETTE: How has the response been by the public?

RENIER: The public to my surprise, has accepted me better than I had expected, considering that the first production is almost entirely sold already. We started to work on polishing and improving small things that will consolidate the brand and the concept. In addition, Daniel and I have been working on a new perfum.

My perfumes are selling and being accepted in several European cities with traditions in niche perfumery, as well as in Abu Dhabi and other cities in the Middle East! In fact I am very grateful to those perfumeries that contact me and then they want my perfumes because they love the craft, and they are interested in the concept, quality and originality beyond a name already known. They are people who work in what they love and that is fantastic.

 

LISSETTE: You talked about a third perfume and that inevitably makes me wonder and snoop. Can you tell us more?

RENIER: This time we are going to smell kisses on my palette that will represent "red"! That's all I can say at the moment.

 

LISSETTE: What can we expect in the future from Renier Perfumes?

RENIER: I'm very dedicated in everything I do and as the creator of my brand will put all the energy in getting things done. I am most interested in the quality, the care of the details, the excellence of the raw materials. In my new perfume we are using raw materials from my country in order to obtain more identity and color in the notes. It is not my plan to have a line of perfumes from a boring and immense list of references, I prefer to create palettes with a careful amount of colors in them. I'm sure that Renier Perfumes will continue to find its audience!

Crystal Rain and Black Rain

Leave a comment below by December 25th, 2016 for your chance to win one of 5 samples or a full bottle of Crystal Rain, generously shipped anywhere in the world by Renier. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted by Fragrantica private message.

Thank you Renier for your generosity!

 

Lissette

Lissette Montesino

Lissette is moderator of the Fragrantica en Español forum. She was born in Cuba and now lives happily married in Texas where she takes care of her children. In addition to fragrances, Lis is passionate about reading and cinema.

Nayeli

Nayeli Cano

Nayeli joined the Fragrantica en Español team in 2016 as editor, writer and translator. She studied biology and currently works in the educational field. She is a lover of gourmand perfumes, cats, pastries and horror films.

Translated by Marlen Harrison



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firewings133
firewings133

Black rain picture is very hypnotic, with repeating dots and oddly childish pigtails. But Crystal Rain notes are more attractive to me. Would enjoy trying both.

Dec
21
2016
Tiffany Blue
Tiffany Blue

Spraying yourself with your favourite fragrance IS like adding that final flourish to the canvas with your paintbrush! ( and knowing when to stop! lol )

Both have the leather, amber and jasmine that I love, but Crystal rain has the added lure of bergamot. This is the one I would choose If I was lucky enough to be picked x x x x

Dec
21
2016
ChypreAnn
ChypreAnn

I would love to try either one, especially Black Rain!

Dec
21
2016
rednut
rednut

Black Rain for me - love the Rose and Patchouli combination

Dec
21
2016
thomkallor
thomkallor

They sound lovely :) Thanks for the opportunity!

Dec
19
2016
kschrotel
kschrotel

Oh, That Crystal Rain sounds glorious!!! Of course, so does the Black Rain - both have notes I adore. I would love an opportunity for either. Please and Thank you, in advance! Love Fragrantica contests!!

Dec
19
2016
blake.lee
blake.lee

Black Rain has Violet and leather?! Yes, please! I've been searching for the ultimate sexy violet with help of the forum here. This one sounds perfect!

Dec
19
2016
Blackened
Blackened

love the bottle design and the concept of crystal rain. Thanks to fragrantica and Renier for the chance!

Dec
19
2016
manfred75
manfred75

Anything that reminds you of rain is good enough for me to try!Thanks for the giveaway!

Dec
19
2016
LuckyChilla
LuckyChilla

Black Rain's notes make a perfect composition for me, I'd love to try!

Dec
18
2016
blythespiritpurpleflower
blythespiritpurpleflower

I love the idea of rain washing you clean, like a spiritual washing, the synesthesia color and emotions palette is an interesting interpretation. I would like to try them both, and while looking at the art work.

Dec
18
2016
Michaelgo
Michaelgo

Great interview and story.

I am actually right now in a plane above the Atlantic on my way to Cuba using the onboard wifi. It will be a pleasure to feel and sense the smells and settings that inspired Renier in his works. Of course I hope to compare them with the perfumes when I come back to Barcelona, where I'm based!

Dec
18
2016
perfumeholic88
perfumeholic88

Thank you for the Giveaway! I would really love to discover these scents :)

Dec
18
2016
sweetyspice
sweetyspice

Would love to try these. Thanks for the giveaway!

Dec
18
2016
SHK
SHK

Interested in any of them. Thanks for the chance to try these :)

Dec
18
2016
krizz
krizz

I would really love to try Crystal Rain, it sounds amazing.

Dec
18
2016
Winter Sweet
Winter Sweet

Creative Fragranticans play such games a lot. I would like to try Crystal Rain. Thanks!

Dec
18
2016
velvetpeony
velvetpeony

Crystal Rain sounds lovely and I would like to enter the drawing. Thank you!

Dec
18
2016
I.D.Adam
I.D.Adam

One to the another
Unlike the other
Petals from the sky
Why question why

Dec
18
2016
lilicauk
lilicauk

Black Rain sounds DIVINE, I'd love to have a little sample, very stylish bottles, very clean and classy design!

Dec
18
2016
fillifelle
fillifelle

Love the bottles. Love the concept. Love the picture of the girl in Crystal Rain. I feel I could be her!

Dec
18
2016
ParfummaniacC
ParfummaniacC

I have sampled both fragrances and they are delicious. And when you take a look at the web-site from Renier you will understand his passion for art & perfumes.

Dec
18
2016
darlingdraven
darlingdraven

Crystal Rain seems like just the thing to keep these winter greys away; bergamot essential oil is used to calm anxiety and uplift the spirits. Thank you for the opportunity!

Dec
18
2016
sygrid29
sygrid29

The inspiration behind those two perfumes is amazing and something new. I will be completely happy if I win a full bottle. Merry Christmas everyone

Dec
18
2016
Vahid01
Vahid01

Anything inspired by rain in perfumery is fantastic!Two opposite interpretations of Rain,one crystal clear and the other mysterious dark.

Dec
17
2016
faoumed
faoumed

Wish me good luck this is my first time in fragrantica

Dec
17
2016
cardinalmind
cardinalmind

As a newcomer to the fragrance scene, having the chance to smell a new perfume from a different perfumer. I only had cool water, bvlgari black and lacoste white pass through my life and seeing a chance to smell a new perfume excites me.

Dec
17
2016
Vicottia
Vicottia

Thanks for the interesting article.I love so much to read about the perfumes.My favorite book on this topic is "The Perfume Collector".I understand that it's impossible to have many of the perfumes,but at least I can enjoy the reviews.

Dec
17
2016
Calvini
Calvini

Ooh this sounds so cool!

Dec
17
2016
Crystal Lyn
Crystal Lyn

They both sound beautiful; my name being Crystal, born in Seattle, WA/USA (a rainy & frequently dark place), I'm especially excited to welcome these new and well-developed scents into the world! Partial to complexities and unique combinations, I'm hoping that the romantic & authentic essences in these masterpieces will invoke emotions and memories. I usually wear DKNY Delicious Nights because blackberry, incense, myrhh, freesia, vetiver & ginger inspire me, bring out my most warm and creative self for some reason... But, alas, I'd love to find a new alternate favorite - working on it! Nicely layered fragrances really speak to this mature cougar. Thank you for sharing your artistic talents and please keep the collections coming. Cheers!

Dec
17
2016
Centsless
Centsless

Crystal Rain sounds beautiful, I hope to smell it sometime :) Both fragrances sound interesting, thank you for the chance.

Dec
17
2016
I_B_Ginger
I_B_Ginger

Crystal Rain would be interesting to try. From it's Fragrantica page I see this as listed as unisex and bearing a likeness (according to some) to Aventus. As someone who usually purchases masculine presented scents, from the description and artwork presented in this nice article, I probably would have passed as it does not come off as masculine or even unisex. Please don't take this as me saying scents should have a gender, It's just how I choose to collect.

Dec
17
2016
corkscrewcurly
corkscrewcurly

What an original idea and interesting concept. Fascinating article - thank you.

Dec
17
2016
mariyka
mariyka

Another interesting perfumer to discover. ☆ Thanks ladies.

Dec
17
2016
redskyatnight
redskyatnight

I love the feminine beauty and attention to detail in this artwork. Thank you for the opportunity.

Dec
17
2016
smellagent
smellagent

Thank you so much for this chance. I am very interested esp. Black Rain. If I love it I have a weakness of buying FB's. Ha Ha.

Dec
17
2016
olgamed
olgamed

Thank you for a great article!
In a way, I can relate to it as I personally associate accords in perfumery with musical notes/accords, guess, another type of synaesthesia...
Would love to try any/both of the "Rains".
Many thanks!

Dec
17
2016
hunterblu
hunterblu

What an interesting read...I like his process and his dedication to his art seems to be very true and honest.

I have added both to my "must try" list and look forward to future releases.

Thanks again Fragrantica for the insightful, entertaining write-ups and the beyond generous giveaways.

Happy Holidays to everyone.

Dec
17
2016
Bouquet
Bouquet

I think the ingredient in Black Rain should probably read: "Leather Accord," not "Leather Chords."

Dec
17
2016
Meremere
Meremere

Always interesting to learn about a perfumer's process. The bottles remind me of Charvin turpentine.

Dec
17
2016
Artemis 23
Artemis 23

I'd love to try these perfumes! They sound amazing

Dec
17
2016
carneiro7
carneiro7

Thank you for this chance! I'm very intrigued with both creations, for their originality and their concept: linking an painting to a scent.

Dec
17
2016
mothwings
mothwings

I would love to try these, thank you for the chance!

Dec
17
2016
lovescents999
lovescents999

What an exciting idea and so unique! I would love to win Crystal Rain, which seems like a happy and bright scent. Thank you for the opportunity!

Dec
17
2016
faoumed
faoumed

Thank you for this opportunity I like the notes on the crystal Rain perfume I would love to give it à try

Dec
17
2016

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