— Other jobs before living of art?
I have worked in a gallery-bookstore, in a center for medieval studies, in a graphic design studio that also sold popcorn machines, served food in restaurants wearing white gloves, etc. Lately, I’m spending time at Espai Brut, an illustration and engraving workshop. We do courses, we have a gallery and a store of graphic artwork.
— The story of your first paid art commission
It was the graphic campaign of a youth theater in Vienna, where my sister worked, it was huge for me. I learned a lot from those commissions since my sister guided me, doing the artistic direction. I learned that I have to be fast, resolute, not to get attached to the images I drew because corrections can come at any moment. When I finally visited the theater and watched the play, I was amazed. From a distance, you don’t realize exactly what you participated in.
— The best professional lesson you have learned
— Other artistic disciplines that influence you
I feel influenced by literature, I grew up surrounded by my mother’s poesy in a world of writers and artists. I also learn a lot from the emotions of the music, but I believe nowadays cinema and animation are the ones that influence me the most.
— About the creative process: chaos or order?
First chaos, then order.
— Paper or Pixel?
I enjoy the whole process of graphic printing on paper. I like to know different traditional printing techniques, that’s why I explore engraving. It allows me to get dirty and experiment.
The digital tools give another result and I also enjoy how fast I draw with the tablet, one has definitely more control over the whole process.
— Describe yourself in three words
Being and becoming.
— Any book on your bedside table?
— Who would you like to receive a letter from?
From José Saramago.
— A movie
Thin Red Line
— A song
Northern Sky by Nick Drake.
— A place in the world
The sea. The underwater world that we don’t know fascinates me.
— A hobby
Play ukulele, less and less.
— A memory of childhood
Sleeping outdoors for the first time. My grandfather telling us stories, there were fireflies and crickets, the stars didn’t fit in the sky and felt.
— 3 wishes to the genie of the lamp.
Diving. To travel more. No fears.
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