How did you get started doing what you do?
I don’t know. I haven’t stopped drawing and creating stuff since I was a little kid. I just started doing that. Drawing knights and dinosaurs, I could reach everything I wanted, I could reach my dreams.
How would you describe your creative style?
Basically nothing changed, just instruments. My creative style I think is pretty simple, methodical and linear- if I have to reach point A I will do that. I think it is more mathematical than creative.
What’s your inspiration?
Everything surrounding me: my friends, my family, people I see in the airports, pornstars and their boobs, trash movies and video clips, people’s hypocrisy, Kobe Bryant, The Offspring and Yvon Chouinard.
What is art to you?
Art is the most beautiful thing that man has ever done. Art is passion and perseverance. Art is energy and emotions. Art is nothing and everything. Art is ignorance and arrogance, the perfect representation of the modern world.
What does your typical day look like?
It looks like a film. I wake up every morning when I want, go surfing when waves are up, go to the market and buy some fresh and healthy food, start working at 3pm and finish when I want. Actually it is not, I wake up every morning pretty early like the 90% of all of us working out 11 hours a day. Such a normal life.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
It depends. If I ate Japanese food it could takes more than 10 minutes. In general I’m pretty fast however.
How do you keep motivated?
I keep motivated ‘cause I promise myself that I’ll never want to be the most famous or richest designer, photographer, illustrator and all of this shit, in the world. I promise myself that I will be the best one.
How have others reacted to your work?
People generally loves what I do because people love colors and simple things. I don’t want to create “elite” stuff, I want for everybody to understand what I do. Design, art, call it as you want, is for everyone.
What do you want others to take away from your work?
The simplicity of what I do. I work with simple materials and cheap instruments. I’d like for everyone to recognize it and take it away for them. I did some workshops and university lessons talking about how all of us can be creatives creating everything we want with nothing! We don’t need expensive instruments, we just need a motivation. I’m proudly convinced about the “less is more” idea.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
I would tell myself to get used to being surrounded by idiots.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“You are full of yourself and my friends thinks that you are a jerk” -from my ex girlfriend. I started thinking a lot of things about it later.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Stay true and don’t be an asshole. The creative world is full of them.
What are your thoughts on art school?
I don’t know, I just did high school. I was expelled from mine but I know a lot of people that are doing it now and are pretty happy! I’d like to do it, I think it would be interesting but if I’m going to go back to studying, I think I’d prefer doing something more concrete like Physics or Engineering.
What’s your dream project?
Being happy doing something useful.
What art supplies do you use?
A Mac, Adobe CC suite, 2 cameras, some printers, paper, pencils, lights, tapes, old stuff, synths, frames, etc.
How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
The art industry would become better if artists as we know them disappeared.