For my latest interview I had the pleasure of speaking to a young Barcelona based artist called Moño. This young artist has been hitting the streets of Barcelona for the past year with her particular brand of surrealist portraits. She is also a regular fixture at the cities various art fairs with her homemade comics and fanzines.
Hi Moño how are you? Tell us a little about yourself…
I was born in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands). I currently live in Barcelona. I came to study Fine Arts at the University, and I decided to stay and continue my education. I studied a Master’s degree in illustration and comics, and today I’m busy with another master’s degree in art direction.
I also paint tattoo and walls. I like to do a lot of things. I love learning
When did you first start spraying on walls?
I started painting a year ago with Marta Antares. She taught me from the beginning. I would put myself on a wall to make lines continuously until they were fine and the paint didn’t drip.
What was the original inspiration for grabbing a spray can for the first time?
I started painting to surpass myself with a new tool. It’s always hard to get out of the Comfort area, but I’m going to do it because I wonder… If they can, why can’t I?
Do you like to work with a sketch or just freestyle?
Depends. When I go a whole day to paint I like to have something prepared. If the situation is more spontaneous I let it flow.
What’s the inspiration behind your work? A never ending list of things right?!
I always liked Lowbrow, pop surrealism and comics. I think I have a mixture of those two things.
In the case of lowbrow Mark Ryden is my Top.
But in the comic my references are changing. From Julie Doucet, to Milo Manara and Robert Crump.
Is a piece ever finished in your eyes?
Yeah, sometimes I want to do more than I can. I want to fly without learning to walk. And although it is never what I aspire to, I understand that I am still learning and that in the future I will end up doing what I really want to do. At the moment, I say yes but because of limitations.
Do you have any crazy ideas/projects that you’d love to do one day?
I’d love to paint the façade of an entire building.
What do you like to do with your non-painting time?
Drawing comics and tattooing. Always making art.
What’s the ideal soundtrack to a day’s painting?
Black Sabbath, System of a Down and Deftones
If you could have one super power for the day what would you choose?!
Stop time to be able to do more things in the day.
What’s next for Moño?
Keep painting to improve. And above all so that in the future I will be called to festivals and private places to paint and charge for my work.