Tell us how you first got into street art, what was the scene like where you grew up and how many years have you been painting?
I started with graffiti, just tagging my name like a sign of “I’m here in this crowded city in North Mexico!” but the scene wasn’t very artistic or peaceful, so I stepped back from my neighbourhood and started choosing more artistic movements because I had always loved painting. I started making paste-ups and stickers so I sneaked into a screen printing lab, to produce thousands of stickers to give away and paste up. I keep changing my taste and tools but over all these years I haven’t changed much, just added new materials and techniques to the thing I always love: painting.
What has been your favourite place to paint and why?
I enjoy all them so much that I couldn’t pick just one.
What is your biggest source of inspiration in your work? Do you have any favourite writers or artists?
For me life is the biggest source as I’m always in the mood to get inspired. I find inspiration everyday; it can be a colour in a flower just crossing the street, pub tiles with antique patterns, a smile, or a commission that pushes me to go out of my comfort zone. Everything can have potential.
What city do you live in now? Has this affected your style, medium or technique in any way?
I live in Dublin and it definitely influences my artwork and colours.
We’re very excited about having you at Waterford Walls 2017. What attracted you to the project? And what are you most looking forward to?
I love the vibe of the festival, the people are amazing and I look forward to meeting them again, the whole idea of the project is mind blowing for me. As there isn’t any other project like this in Ireland, I feel that we are all making history here.
How would you rate Waterford Walls in terms of artistic quality standard?
They really take the time to curate the artwork, the artist and the walls, so artists from all over the world get the wall that will best suit their work.
The theme of Waterford Walls 2017 is “Renewal & Regeneration”. What do you see as being street art’s role in this?
I have seen the impact of street art in Wynwood in Miami or Lodz in Poland, for example, areas which have been transformed into cultural areas, bringing tourists to walk through the murals which makes it easier to develop and create projects where they bring many artists and transform those grey buildings into pieces of art, giving back life to the city and putting the city on the map for their unique artwork.
Do you have any projects, trips or shows coming up that we can look out for?
At present I am painting a mural in Dallas and last week I was painting in Thessaloniki, Greece, at “SAF” Street Art Festival, a fusion of painting and music with international and local artists. You can check out all these projects on my social media, I’m always sharing the links where you can find the full story of each project. Now I can’t wait to come back to Waterford!
Any shoutouts, thanks, links or comments?
Big thanks to everybody who is taking part – all organizers, curators, volunteers, art lovers, sponsors , spectators, journalists, bloggers, fans, artists, Instagramers and to everybody who is reading this article!
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