What inspires you to make work/ what are your influences?
As you can see, a great deal of my work deals with life, death, memories and the different meanings they have for me and other people. As most of my ideas derive from my personal experience from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18, I can say that all that experience inspires me. I get inspiration from life itself.
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Favorite material to work with? I can’t say I have a favorite one, it is just important that I feel comfortable using it. I always try to find the material that suits the idea that I have for a specific work or a painting cycle.
Sketchbook? I have a sketchbook, but it’s just a little part of the materials that I use to do the works. I’m always surrounded with different books, magazines, comics, little pieces of paper on which I sketch or draw or write interesting sentences or book titles. All this presents different pieces of puzzle that all come together in my head where the final work always appears first.
Favorite font? Leitura.
Where is your studio? My family has two houses. We live in one, and the other is our design studio. So I basically have two studios. One smaller in the house and one in the design studio.
Ever have artists’ block? Never, if anything, I always have one too many ideas.
Everyone has a vice. Care to call yourself out? My girlfriend always jokes that I’m like some Woody Allen character, I’m always checking my body for signs of illness and then obsess about something that I manage to find, so I guess that’s my biggest vice.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist? I think that hasn’t happened yet. Still waiting…
What’s around the corner from your place? The biggest park in the city that I often go for walks when I need a break from my works.
Prefer to work with music or in silence? Always with music, currently I enjoy listening to BBC 6 Music. When I’m working, any type of music is better than just silence.
What would have been a typical doodle for you as child? As a kid I always watched horror movies so I doodled different monsters that I saw in the movies or just made up in my head.
If you could collaborate with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? I would like to do cover art for Pearl Jam or collaborate with them in any way.
Favorite movie? The Big Lebowski/ Donnie Darko.
Favorite music/band?Pearl Jam
Favorite surface to paint on?Canvas.
Use anything other than paint?Pencils, ink & charcoal.
Representational or Surreal? A little bit of both. I find that a good mix of both makes a good work.
Photo references? I always use photo references, It is an essential part of my work process. I use newspaper clippings and family photos in almost all my works.
Is painting dead?Paintings are static, require someone to stand before them and study them for a long time, but there is less and less patience. I think that painting’s future is uncertain and perhaps that is one of the reasons why I like it. Like me, my personal history and all that I have gone through, waiting for it’s uncertainty to unfold becomes very interesting to me. Like in real life, we never know what awaits us, but that makes it in some way more intriguing, interesting…