I proudly bring you my latest interview, this time with local artist Maga. She tells me about how her artistic path started and her plans for the future.
Hi Maga how are you? Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m an Illustrator, mural artist and educator from Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona). I love drawing, painting, and all the experiences that I live and the people I met thanks to the mural art.
Where does your tag/name come from?
Well, when I intend to seem interesting I explain the story that my artistic name is inspired by a character from “La Rayuela” book by Julio Cortázar. But the true is that all began with a joke with my friends and they started calling me this way. Finally, I liked the name because is related with magic, so I kept using it.
When did you first start spraying on walls?
It was like six years ago. Since then, I started practicing and learning how to use it. Nowadays I keep trying new things with this technique and always developing the style.
What was the original inspiration for grabbing a spray can for the first time?
It was because I had to paint on a blind during a Street Art event in Barcelona and I couldn’t use paint, so I had to do it with the spray cans. Until that moment, I had painted some murals only with brushes. It was my beginning with the spray.
Do you like to work with a sketch or just freestyle?
I like both, depending on the moment. In my opinion, each one brings you different experiences.On one hand, sketching before allows you to improve the creation, because you can modify the parts that are not working or trying different colour palettes and composition until you reach a good result. On the other hand, doing freestyle is funny and it trains you to resolve unexpected situations when you’re painting. Sometimes I like to take some colors and then going to the wall, so when I’m facing it I improvise the drawing. It’s really useful for me being used to improvise, because even if you had an sketch for a wall it’s possible that you need to do some changes because the first idea really don’t work as you thought.
What’s the inspiration behind your work? A never ending list of things right?!
Yes! I get inspired by many different things, but mainly by illustration and comic style. I’m always observing around and getting inspiration from life, artists I know, artist that I follow their work, Art history, music… I got no fear of trying new things that catch my attention and experiment mixing them.
Is a piece ever finished in your eyes?
Good question… sometimes I just finish because I could spend a lot of time changing things and it will never be finished. But it doesn’t happen to me all the times. Occasionally I revise what I did in the past and I think I would do it different in the present, but I suppose is normal.
Do you prefer Legal or illegal painting?
I prefer places where I can paint quietly, because my style takes time. Could be legal or illegal like abandoned places or squatted social centres (where I started painting murals).
Do you have any crazy ideas/projects that you’d love to do one day?
Yes I have… I start some ideas or projects that finally stay on the paper because I don’t have enough time or because are collaborations and it’s difficult to meet and develop them. Such as: collaboration with a fashion designer, exhibitions or installations. Every project requires a lot of energy and focus, and sometimes is not possible do everything, but I’ll try to do it in the future. I’m also open to interesting proposals, for example I would like to do a community mural art project in other country, it would be really interesting!
What’s the ideal soundtrack to a day’s painting?
It depends on the mood of the day! As my inspiration for painting, l listen to different music styles: funky, soul, rap, reggae, rock, Latin rhythms, 70’s, 80’s…
If you could have one super power for the day what would you choose?!
Mmm… maybe flying or something similar, in order to visit all the places in the world I would like to see!
What’s next for Maga?
Nowadays I’m doing some mural art workshops and I’ll do a pair of mural works, one about sorority and the other one about Walter Benjamin (reflecting his situation as a refugee during Nazism).