Interview: vivaUltra – Fine Artist & Printmaker

Today, we’d like to introduce you to artist, vivaUltra!

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?

I’m 36 and I was born in and am based in Milan, Italy. As a daily job I am a freelance graphic designer. I’ve work as an art director for a few agencies in the last 10 years, and now I work for myself. I keep my digital work strongly separated from my artistic work. I don’t use the computer for art.

In 2011 I started Terracava, a home-publishing project, with the intent to produce stuff by people I like. Now we are two running the project and we’ve taken part in zine fairs all around Europe.

vivaUltra artHow did you get started doing what you do?
I’ve been addicted to drawing since I was a child, my mother usually put paper and pens in my hands when she wanted me to stop whatever I was doing. I grew up on a skateboard so seeing all the graphics everyday kept me in the art world in some way. It’s sort of a daily habit for me.

What’s your inspiration?
First, music. I really enjoy drawing spontaneously and music is really important in this. Quite often I try to represent a certain feeling I had from someone or some situations. Not the person or the scene itself but my feelings from it.

Usually the weirdest dudes on the bus come to talk to me, so I feel lucky about the amount of stories I have to think about.

vivaUltra artWhat is art to you?
Authenticity and naturalness in what I see or hear. I don’t like to study art much at the table.

What does your typical day look like?
I wake up around 9 in the morning, I do my graphic works until the middle of the afternoon and then I start drawing. I prefer to draw in the second part of the day and quite often at night.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I just hope not to stop one day just because I’ll get old or because no one will look at my work anymore. Drawing lets me feel good and to empty my head so I just hope to never stop.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Stay gold.

vivaUltra artWhat’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Let people know that you draw!

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
If people can’t understand what you are doing you are probably on the right path.

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I would like to spend time with a band to draw during the entire conception of an album. I don’t mean the recording of it but the whole conception time so I can produce something related deeply to and inspired by the music.

What art supplies do you use?
Inks and nib, staedtler fine liner 0.05, chalcographic inks, watercolors, acrilyc colors, oil colors, coffee and bleach. I usually use rough papers.

vivaUltra artAny other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
An Italian photographer: Marco Marzocchi

Follow vivaUltra on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Behance


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