Q: What inspires you to create?
A: Everyday life is the source of all of my inspiration. I let everything that surrounds me inspire me: what I see while I’m walking on the streets, the news on the radio, the choices at the supermarket — daily life in all its aspects.
Q: At what moment in your life did you decide to dedicate yourself to art?
A: I’ve always drawn since I was a child but at a certain point in my life, soon after I received a degree from University, I discovered that making art was the only thing that really made me feel happy and satisfied. So, little by little, I started to dedicate more and more time to it until it became my full time passion, love and work.
Q: What message(s) do you strive to communicate in your work?
A: My big characters are always placed in this massive chaotic city; this is their landscape, and also mine. I try to recreate in my drawings what I see and feel in my daily life, from streets, cars, buildings, bridges and what I see in different parts of the world. In fact, this background is not meant to be a particular city or a particular place, but merely a place where anyone and everyone can recognize themselves.
My works are generally focused on the relationship between the habitat and my characters, who are always awkward, the wrong size and up to something. They are the emotional part of my works; people see them as children, aliens and magical beings. To me, they’re the purest part of all of us, everything we have forgotten how to be. The thing I enjoy most is how these works can be read: everyone is free to find their own meaning, even if, usually, my titles give a bit of a clue.
Q: Is there a particular commentary you instill in your public works?
A: Each work is different so I try to underline some main themes, like courage, strength, loneliness or hope.
Q: How would you describe the DTLA art scene right now? How do you see yourself contributing to it?
A: Los Angeles is an amazing, inspiring city for me. I’ve experienced it only once and I truly believe it could be the best place to let me focus on my art and also experiment with different and new works. I would love the opportunity to paint directly on any interior and exterior walls at the building, using the space to expand my architectural and cityscape murals, this time with a Los Angeles influence.
Q: What are some of the challenges artists face in Los Angeles or elsewhere?
A: In my case as a muralist, always being suspended above real life is a really beautiful challenge. While I’m working, it’s a sort of meditation. Then, I slowly return to normality.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring artists in Los Angeles and/or those hoping to enter the DTLA arena?
A: Never give up and keep working on your dream! It sounds easy, but I assure you it is the most difficult thing to do sometimes.
Q: What do you believe sets you apart from other artists in DTLA?
A: Each of us has our own identity. We are all similar, yet all different, which doesn’t just apply to those in the world of art.
Q: How will OLiVE allow you to pursue and progress your career? (Or what does this residency mean to you?)
A: I spent the last two years travelling around the world taking part in many festivals and NGO events without having the possibility to dedicate my time to a project that would require more than three weeks.
So, living and working at OLiVE would be that possibility. The inspiring Artist-in-Residence program is an incentive to create unique pieces within a new moment in my career.