I’m delighted to say that’s interview time again on Nogreywalls and this time it’s the turn of Venezuelan illustrator, graphic designer and street artist Art3sano bringing his chilled Caribbean vibes to the page…
Hi Art3sano how are you? Tell us a little about yourself…
Well I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Since I was a child I was inclined towards the arts. In Venezuela I had the opportunity to study Graphic Design and develop my career as an art director and illustrator. A few years ago I moved to Spain where I focused on the visual arts and urban art. For my works I am inspired and influenced by everything that comes from the street, the society, the family, the Caribbean culture.
Where did the name Art3sano come from?
From the play on words “ART is HEALTHY” and 3 I add it later as I try to live my day to day under 3 premises: Learn, Teach and Laugh.
How did it all start for you? Were you one of those kids always scribbling on notebooks at school?
Since I was a child I drew in all places, besides my brother and my mother also have the gift of drawing.
What was the first ‘spark’ for you to pick up a spray can and hit the streets? Did you start off as a writer then progress to larger more muralistic pieces?
The Graffiti and all the underground movement is something that always make me curious until you dare one day and once you do it is like an addiction, besides art is expression and the street is the best canvas to reach the whole world.
To me your pieces have a real old school tattoo vibe, Is that something you would agree with? Where does your artistic inspiration come from? And what’s the inspiration behind the sunglass wearing skull seen on so much of your work?
Since a few years ago I have evolved my style and my influences come a lot from the traditional tattoo (Sailor Jerry, Herbert Hoffmann, etc) at the same time I mix it with my style and my Caribbean roots. My skull often wears smiling glasses because she is always high and happy, she lives in the Caribbean.
When working on a wall do you have a plan in mind when you start a piece? Or do you like to look at the wall and the surroundings and take inspiration from there?
Most times I have a previous sketch but sometimes it appears at the moment when I see the space.
What do you find to be the most difficult part of the creative process? I’ve read other artists speak about the fear of the blank page/canvas, do you ever get this?
All creative process is difficult, but when you have fun making it easier to create.
I know you occasionally like to paint on some of the many legals walls here in BCN but there are sometimes ‘issues’ with artists tagging finished pieces and even sometimes unfinished pieces just for kicks, sometimes within minutes of a piece being completed. What are your thoughts on the legals walls here in Barcelona?
BCN is a very difficult city to paint, in the matter of legal walls it is lucky to last more than three days, I think they should manage more spaces for artists and let it last.
Do you have a favourite city or place to paint/show off your work? Is there a dream city or country or wall even that you’d like to do this?
I would like to come back and paint a giant mural in the city where I was born.
Do you like to collaborate with other artists?
I always like to collaborate, because in that process you always learn something new.
Something I really enjoy is hearing which artists inspired other artists. Which artists inspired you growing up and who’s work do you really like just now? And is there any artist you would love to work with?
I am a nerd of the social networks, I always look for new artists of the movement, lately I really like the work of the guys of broken fingaz, Slick, Steven Harrington and others.
Just to speak about something different for a minute, tell us something about yourself that maybe not many people would know!
I listen to trap in Spanish when I paint, hahaha it’s my guilty pleasure and few people know it.
Maybe for the best 🙂 If you could be anyone or anything for a day who or what would you be?
Back to the art! Do you have any upcoming shows or projects we should know about? Are you currently exhibiting your works anywhere?
I’m currently painting a lot at home and generating pieces for my first solo show in Barcelona, it’s a surprise.
I look forward to hearing more about that! Is there anything else you’d like to share with us before you go?
Never stop creating, art is life.
Many thanks for your time Art3sano and all the best with your future artistic endeavors!
Thanks to you.