a)Well, I am afraid I have a pretty boring life. I
wake up, I use to go out in the morning to ship pieces to customers. I cook, I
work, I read, I watch movies...in this moment of my life I live almost like a
nun and I like it.
q) Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how
does that contribute to your art?:
a)I was born in Spain
and I grew up there. I have been living in London
and now I live in Copenhagen.
is very catholic and when I was born Franco (the dictator) was still ruling the
country. He died when I was 3 years old but his influence marked my childhood
and teenager years, it was not easy for anybody outsider to live there back
then. These two circumstances had a big impact on me making me use catholic
imagery in a very profane way and hating anything fascist.
q) What is your earliest memory that propelled you to
q) Tell us a little bit about your creative process:
a)I have and idea and I put that idea on paper. I work almost like
in a trance and I don't stop until is finish.
q) How do you wish for your art to be perceived?:
a)I like my work to be open to interpretations.
Every viewer has a different perception of everything, that is very
q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?:
a)Chaos under control.
q) Do you feel that there are limitations to what you
want to create?:
q) Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so,
a)In my case it is because it is what I can do and what I need to
do. When I am working I don't think about anything else.
q) Describe a world without art:
a)Sad, boring, empty.
q) Tell us a secret, and obsession:
a)If I tell you a secret then it wouldn't be a secret. I have an
obsession with books and dolls.
q) Where can people see more of your work on the
boring you with the mundane day to day that everyone deals with, I get up
around 7 or 8, take care of household stuff. Walk our four terriers to clear my
head. Then I go to work in my studio. I don't really have many people I
consider friends by choice. From life experiences, I prefer to be by
myself. I have a custom home studio and am content to work by myself for hours.
My wife feels the need to come in occasionally to remind me to eat and drink. It's not unusual for me to work until 4 am.
q) Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how does that
contribute to your art?
a) I was born in New Jersey, but my
family moved to PalosVerdesPeninsula
(Los AngelesCounty) when I was six. I spent many,
many day swimming in the huge tide pools in P.V. catching octopus and fish
which I contribute to the underwater imagery that pops up in my work. I also
attended 12 years of catholic school which explains the religious themes as
well. My wife and I (and our four dogs) split our time between SF and SonomaCounty.
q) What is your earliest memory that propelled you to create?
a) I have
memories in N.J. (I was five and under at that time) going under my parents bed
on a regular basis and drawing strange creatures with crayons, cutting them out
individually and keeping them in a shoebox. I also remember my kindergarten
teacher calling in my parents to talk to them about my 'troubling' drawings. I
knew early on that I wanted to be an artist.
q) Tell us a little bit about your creative process.
a) I find images
that are compelling and cut them out with fine scissors and put them aside. Sifting
through mountains of source materials, I look for images similar in hue, tonal
quality and shapes. I have learned not to paste in haste. Bad collages are not
even good for toilet paper. Although sometimes pieces come together in a very
short time, most are quite time consuming. Not everything I make is good, but
that is my goal.
q) How do you wish for your art to be perceived?
a) I would like
my art to be perceived as great art. That's all.
q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?
a)Not sure. I never listen to what I am talking about.
q) Do you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?
a) I suppose the only limitations I impose on myself are 'obvious choices'
and 'shocking for the sake of being shocking' . I consider both of
those as boring.
q)Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?
a) To survival? Absolutely not. That's silly.Food, water, oxygen. Those
are vital to survival. I do get stir crazy and a little depressed if I don't
get to make anything for a few days, but I would have to be a pompous ass to
claim I couldn't survive if I couldn't make any art.
q)Describe a world without art.
a)Dull and boring.
q)Tell us a secret, and obsession.
I am the Zodiac Obsession: Making art.
q)Where can people see more of your work on the
a)Each day is
different, I split my time between daily routines and unexpected events. I try
to spend as much time as possible with the ones I love and people in general,
taking photos and everything related to it happens in-between. Yoga and
meditation help me to find the balance of body and mind. I cherish small and
big events of everyday life and I’m grateful for the knowledge and experience.
q)Where did you grow up/where do you
live now and how does that contribute to your art?
a)I grew in
lovely small town on the south of Poland called Lubliniec My parents
house has been (and still is) a location of many of my photos and a big source
of inspiration. Each room has It's owner vibe It's a very typical retro style
interior that you don't find that often these days. I love wood, patterns and
colors of it which makes it very special to me on a personal level as it brings
back a lot of memories from my childhood. Also the nearby park and woods has
been a crucial part of my life. It was place of never ending journeys,
explorations and mysteries, it’s definitely one of my favorite environments.
About 8 years
ago I moved to Wroclaw, city on the west side of
where I started studying psychology. Here is where I met many amazing people
and here I started taking photographs. The creative energy of this place and
people is truly unique.
q)What is your earliest memory that
propelled you to create?
first camera from my father, an old rage finder would be probably on of the
first memories related to photography. At that time it seemed very complex but
also magic like, quite difficult for a small that I was at that time but I
really enjoyed the whole experience of learning.
q)Tell us a little bit about your creative
simple and spontaneous as I don't like planning. I just get in touch with a
model, pick a place and clothing and we just start the journey. Everything is
based on the interaction between the model and the surrounding as I adore using
any given space in an active way. I usually give very overall instructions of
or show certain moves and capture the model’s execution of it. We move quite
fast from one place to another as I don't like spending too much time in the
same spot so the experience is quite dynamic. Whenever I work with a
model for the first time I usually instruct them to forget the previous model
experience and just go with the flow of natural body movements and forgetting
about all the body imperfections.
q)How do you wish for your art to be
a)I want to
show how important the environment is, especially in relation with humans and
our behavior. It seems that we are a part of great system and if we treat
everything with mindfulness and respect it can be very rewarding. Also I'm very
open when it comes to different kinds of interpretations of my work and
that's the reason why I keep my photos untitled.
q)What do your internal dialogues sound
a)I try to be
in the present moment most of the time so I don't leave much space for internal
dialog especially while shooting photos. I just go with the flow and don't
q)Do you feel that there are limitations
to what you want to create?
because I don't make plans and it's all based on so many factors that I don't
have control off that I don't want bother myself with it. If an obstacle
appears I just deal with and find the solutions or substitute. There is simply
no space and time for limitations.
q)Do you feel art is vital to survival
and if so, why?
arts is important part of humans existence, sort of relief for unconscious
desires and platform of emotional expression. It gives space for dialog on a
higher level non-verbal understanding, beyond boundaries and prejudice. It's
also a proof that we actually exist as a creative organisms and traces of our
minds are hidden in the outcome of our imagination.
q)Tell us a secret, and obsession.
obsessed with catching the rays of afternoon sun whenever I have a chance.
Where can people see more of your work
on the internet?