Your work is both intellectual and emotional, inspired by the writings of Eduardo Galeano who stated “Think with your heart, Feel with your head.” Can you explain your inspiration upon learning about Eduardo’s work and how you communicate this philosophy throughout your pieces?
I like listening to people who are intelligent because it helps me put words into my own thoughts. With Eduardo Galeano, when I first heard the word “sentipensante”, it motivated me a lot to make a style that defined it as a feeling. The work communicates a feeling and a value that makes you think and feel. I do not like the clear and understandable message because I do not want to facilitate all the work and it seems an order and not a reflection for the viewer.
Your passion for art began with your love for drawing as a child and developed into your personal graffiti style as an adolescent, making your mark DOUR on the streets of Spain. As your personal style has developed what is biggest creative lesson you have learned along the way?
The greatest creative lesson I had was many years ago when I signed up for an illustration course that lasted 3 years. I lasted 3 months when I realized that they taught me: first, to work every day (something I was already doing) and second, they did not let me have my own style. I had to copy the teacher’s style to have my work approved. From that moment, I did not stop drawing, nor looking for a style where I was reflected in.
With this, I do not mean that schools are not good (now I would love to have studied fine arts) what I mean is that it is an art to enjoy and learn and when you do not feel it like that, it becomes an obligation and a frustration.
What message do you hope to convey through your work?
Well, it is something that I think about very much and it can become a challenge for me. As I said before, I try not to make the message very clear, but I hope that it is attractive enough to attract your attention and make you reflect.
During these last 3 years, the work speaks about three values that are important to me which are respect, diversity, and freedom.
At the moment, my work continues to evolve just like me and a change is coming but I never leave aside the things I learn along the way but I’m adding and removing those that are losing meaning by themselves.
Your life partner, Elodie, has become a large part of your artistic inspiration and evidence of her features can be seen throughout your female portraiture. How has your work transformed after meeting your her? Has it taken on a deeper meaning than in the past?
Elodie is my friend, my partner, my love, my life… The relationship we have is very special and atypical. It is normal to see her reflected in my work because apart from being very beautiful and working with her features, in 5 years the maximum time we have been separated has been 24 hours.
My work since Elodie is, of course, more meaningful and I always say that my work with Elodie is 1+1=3.
You are a social advocate who feels strongly about participating in spreading awareness in regards to the discrimination of women. How has this advocacy been represented throughout your work and artistic mission?
I am an advocate of humanity. I like to give a message of respect, diversity, and freedom. I defend the discrimination of women since for me it is part of humanity. But I do not want to show abuse or discrimination, etc in an aggressive way to create hatred. I like the fact of raising awareness.
What’s next for you on your creative journey? Do you have any projects you are looking forward to?
The next thing for me is to keep doing what I like to do and I have in mind to create something more documented and to represent more the time in which we live and social changes.