This week’s interview with Barcelona based madrileño David Villaécija. David’s work first caught my eye in late 2018 and he’s kept my attention ever since. David’s work is a mix between beautiful story telling scenes and haunting fictional character work. Check him out below!
Hi David Villaécija how are you? Tell us a little about yourself…
Hello very well, thank you. From the start, I wanted to thank you for this interview and the opportunity to show a part of me.
I’m 40 years old I was born in Spain and grew up in a town south of Madrid in Móstoles. There began this trip in the early 90’s where I was lucky to grow up surrounded by great Graffiti writers.
Those years together with all the experiences, moments and sensations would mark a direction and a trajectory that would make it very clear that I wanted to direct my life to it.
Throughout this time everything is an evolutionary process where you try to experience all the possible processes to find the one you find most comfortable or simply, to mold an idea or grow.
During this period pass through several fields .. Graphic Design, Set Design, Installation, Tattoo. The latter is important, as it is responsible for maintaining the barcode afloat , LOL.
When did you first start spraying on walls?
I will always remember that day … in a field in the back of a school with cans and paintings of low quality with 3 of my best friends … it is difficult to forget a Suzuki Vitara chasing me cross country with 13 years old… Finally I managed to reach a polygon where I ended up hiding under a car leaving victoriously by luck … Hahaha.
What was the original inspiration for grabbing a spray can for the first time?
At that time many things were going through my head as well as my hands … I remember the great and majestic editions stories like 1984, Creepy, Vampirella, as well as great illustrators of the time such as Richard Corben, Luis García, F. De Felipe, … That they have traveled to a world where youth had more questions than answers …
I really like the idea of enter I’m the other worlds and traveling I had a great inspiration to discover … today is still one of my main inspirations.
Do you like to work with a sketch or just freestyle?
Currently if I go with a clear intention, I usually work with a previous sketch as a result of the development of an idea.
On the other hand I also like to sit in front of a wall or surface and discover spots, work on them … shape them
I believe that both forms of work can go hand in hand to the extent .. I see it important to leave a free space for improvisation that cracks the intention.
What’s the inspiration behind your work? A never ending list of things right?!
Everything that happens to me and surrounds influences my inspiration, from the mood to the physical experiences, trips, people, cultures, Stories … A cocktail of things that happen to you or happen to you in the day to day that give rise to that you are willing to translate and give birth to something.
Is a piece ever finished in your eyes?
For me they are never finished, they are always in constant evolution.
There are many factors that influence the completion of the work, such as time since it is often responsible for terminating the work; otherwise, I would end up living on the walls themselves… hahaha
Another factor, would be the illusion and magic, as well as the adrenaline sparks that accompany you during the beginning, development and liberation of the idea … until a point arrives in that that magic fades and that is where you know that the final.
Do you have any crazy ideas/projects that you’d love to do one day?
I have a whole twister of ideas wishing to fit them into projects. In fact, I would like to take up the field of installations and try to give life and movement to the pieces…
What do you like to do with your non-painting time?
I like to go for a walk, investigate bookstores, record stores, exhibitions, see new murals and interventions … see, enjoy and learn from the work of other artists, go to concerts …
On the other side, I feel the tremendous need to escape from the city and isolate myself somewhere outside the accelerated pace of life to enjoy loneliness and silence.
What’s the ideal soundtrack to a day’s painting?
Buff .. there it is difficult to decide as I usually listen to all kinds of music and when I paint I like there is variety but something intermediate…. Postrock music (math-rock), progressive rhythms that are going to increase in intensity and do not absorb my attention to when painting … Russian Circles, God is an Astronaut, Mogwai, Caspian would be perfect.
Mogwai!!! They are of my favourite live bands ever! If you could have one super power for the day what would you choose?!
For a single day ??
The superpower of creating a better and equal world, a world without hunger, without pollution, without wars, without hatred … even if it was for a single day or just the first day of the rest
What’s next for David Villaécija?
Continue painting … learning working and evolving in many of the projects and murals that I would like to paint so you can see the light of day.
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