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martedì 28 ottobre 2008

Interview with Andrea Heimer

q) What is your name and what do you do?

a)My name is Andrea Heimer and I’m a painter. I usually refer to my artwork as “Party Art”, as I use a ton of bright colours and bold designs, like a party for your walls!

q)When did you really get into art?

a)I’ve always been artsy, even as a kid I would spend hours making paper dolls and animals to play with. Around 2006 I was offered a chance photography exhibit and art entered into my adult life in a big way.

q)How did you come to the realization that you should try your luck at art on a more serious level?

a)I’m a fairly serious person anyway so most of my hobbies end up being a being an important part of my world. Sometimes you just have to go out on a limb to see if something will work, and when it does it’s golden.

q)How did you discover the particular style that you have?

a)I’ve always loved the in-your-face style of the pop art masters like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, so that sort of look-at-me aesthetic has always been with me and is always present in my paintings.

q)How would you describe your style?

a)As I mentioned above I like to describe my stuff as “Party Art” in that it’s like a party for your walls. I like bright unexpected colour and very bold image that you can see clearly from 20 feet away. If my paintings can spice up a blank space immediately and start a conversation I feel like I’ve done my job.

q)Who or what influences your art?

a)Good colour combos, wine, pop masters, my husband for being so supportive.

q)How often do you create a new piece?

a)Super often! Usually a few a week.

q)What kind of success have you had with your art?

a)Success comes in many forms of course, I’ve sold a good number of paintings and have been in some really awesome art shows, but my favourite thing is when someone buys their first piece of original artwork from me—such a good feeling!

q)What would be the ultimate goal for you and your art?

a)The ultimate goal for me is not new I’m afraid, I would love to do this full time and forever!

q)What do you see as an accomplishment in the way of art?

a)As I mentioned above it is a great feeling when someone buys art from me for the first time ever. I also see ever contact I make and every show I’m in as another accomplishment, after all we all start from nothing...nowhere to go but up! It’s also a nice feeling to look back at all the stuff you’ve made and really truly like it, particularly the things that were made long ago in a whole different period of your life.

q)What kind of message, if any, do you try to convey through your art?

a)Accessibility, fun, drama, conversation inspiring, all that. Art should be easy to get to, fun to look at, stir an emotion…then make you want to talk about it.

q)Sum up your art in one word.


q)…your contacts…

a) website: www.andreaheimer.com

email: andreaheimer@yahoo.com

flickr: www.flickr.com/people/andreaheimer

lunedì 13 ottobre 2008

Interview with Enrique Servin

q) What is your name and what do you do?

a)Enrique Servin, I’m finishing film school and I teach drawing and painting

I like to read and observe all what surrounds me.

q) When did you really get into art?

a)I started drawing at 12, and I started writing at 14

q) How did you come to the realization that you should try your luck at art on a more serious level?

a)When my life was guided in every aspect to keep painting, we have to hear our deepest voices.

q)How did you discover the particular style that you have?

a)Just working, observing, living, feeling. No technical knowledge can give me this magic of being alive sensing everything.

q)How would you describe your style?

a)No words of describing, just observation, and sensations, everything changes every moment.

q)Who or what influences your art?

a)Everything that I see

q)How often do you create a new piece?

a)When a new series comes, I can do 1 or 2 daily, when this feeling of maximum creativity comes, its like putting a lot of ingredients to make a soup , when its ready you can serve many many plates.

q)What kind of success have you had with your art?

a)Feeling alive, knowing myself, making other people observe.

q)What would be the ultimate goal for you and your art?

a)Help people with my art, like foundation work, help people to use art as a way of living , no in the money side , more into the interior side.

q)What do you see as an accomplishment in the way of art?

a)Knowing you better.

q)What kind of message, if any, do you try to convey through your art?

a)Know yourself, loving yourself, loving everything that surrounds you.

q) Sum up your art in one word.


q)Any additional comments?

q)…your contacts…

a)my girlfriend Adry del rocio, www.adrydelrocio.com

giovedì 9 ottobre 2008

Interview with Peeta

q)What is your name?

a)My name is Manuel Di Rita and my art name is Peeta.

q)Where do you live and work?

a)Right now I live in Treviso which is a small town near Venice (Italy).I mostly work at home to make my artworks such as canvases and sculptures, but I also often work in other countries.Sometimes I paint my canvases in the US since that is where most of my sales are from.This is more cost effective for me and my customers rather than painting them in Italy and then shipping them to the US.I have also been invited to many exhibitions and graffiti jams around the world such as the Meeting of Styles, the Cosmopolite Festival in Paris in 2004, the Urban Dream in Belgium in 2004, and the Balcan Express in Sarajevo in 2006. And on October 25 of this year, I will be at the 4 Seasons graffiti exhibit in Madrid.Another reason to travel is to show my sculptures in galleries.Recently I exhibited some graffiti sculptures at FIVEten Studio in downtown Oakland, California.Sometimes I simply like to travel to go to design fairs, visit galleries and to paint with friends.Next week I will be in Paris painting with other graffiti artists. Even though I don't get paid for these meetings at the moment, I see this as enrichment for my job. All these visits and meetings are an important source of inspiration.

q)What is your creative process like?

a)Basically it's just writing my name.My creative process began in '93, and step-by-step I developed my letters' into more and more three-dimensional forms.I use sculpture as a studying method to deeply understand the third dimension in my shapes so that I can paint them better.

q)What is your favorite medium?

a)I love to paint with spray paint on virgin and dirty walls of old factories. Aluminum is my favorite sculptural material because it's the most difficult to work with and the most interesting to see.

q)What is your current favorite subject?

a)I love to write 'Peeta', or just 'Peta' most of the time.

q)How long does it take for you to finish a piece?

a)It depends on what kind of artwork. Sculptures need 2 weeks to 1 year to finish. Simple paintings usually need 6 hours while the much larger and more complicated ones take 3 days. The complexity rather than the size determines the length of time to complete.

q)What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

a)About 5 years ago I did a sculpture made of hundreds of pieces of cellulose acetate stuck together with acetone. It was a yearlong process which is a really long time for me. This piece was commissioned by Susan Farrell who is the owner of artcrimes.com. It's a milestone in my work because it completely changed my way of painting and it helped me approach industrial design differently. At the moment, industrial design is a really good inspiration source for me.

q)Are there any contemporary artists that you love?

a)I love Delta INC artworks for graffiti artists.And I like Serra and Coons for sculptures.

q)Can we buy your art anywhere?

a)Yes, anyone can buy my artworks simply by writing and emailing me.And there are a few galleries where my artwork is for sale.Artdrenaline Gallery in the Megastores in The Hague, The NetherlandsEdgeArt Gallery in Manchester, UKFIVEten Gallery, Oakland CA, USA.

q)Anything that people should know about that we don't??

a)My art name, Peeta, has no significant meaning. It is just my nickname.

q)What is your best piece of advice for those who would like to rise in their level of artistry?

a)Oh,simply keep doing it.

q)What inspires you to keep going when the work gets frustrating or tough?

a)I've never really had writers block, but sometimes I need some breaks and try to do something completely different.Just after that, I feel lighter and I can do my artworks with fresh new ideas.And usually sketching in big open spaces helps me to have big ideas.Anyway I'm really methodical so I keep working and also because I always look forward to seeing my finished work.

q)How do you describe your work to those who are unfamiliar with it?

a)I simply say that my artwork is the abstract way to draw myself because I paint 'Peeta' and I am Peeta.Usually graffiti has a wild style and the lettering is flat and outlined. Instead, I paint without outlines and i use light and shadows to convey the letters three-dimensionally. In this way, my paintings look like 3D sculptures on the wall. To most people, my letters are unreadable because it has been constantly morphing since I was 14 years old. It has been a long personal process of evolution. I basically paint my name for its self-satisfaction. I just paint what I feel like at the moment whether it be just shapes or letters, but always in my style. This helps keep my work dynamic and my composition evolving. To others it may seem too complicated or impossible to deeply understand, but I think this may be the reason why people like it. I think people like the impact of my artwork, both my paintings and sculptures, because of their realistic 3D effects and complexity of shapes. Whether they can read my letters or not, they can appreciate the sensation as they view the forms. So, I think i can say that I paint and sculpt emotions, which is typical of abstract paintings.

q)What kind of training did you have which helped you achieve your current level of artistry?

a)Well, I don't know if I can call it training, but I've been doing industrial design. It is a kind of training because I learned how to draft, think of shapes in design, and use representational methods. This somehow helped me to have a better understanding of how to draw my shapes and letters. It is the same with sculpture. Making sculptures and also simply projecting a sculpture is a good training method for painting them since you are more aware of it three-dimensionally.

q)Is there a tool or material that you can't imagine living without?

a)Oh it depends if for living you mean making art. In that case, I cannot make art without spray paint. And I think I cannot live without an internet connection.

q)Who are your influences?

a)Joys, Daim and Seak are graffiti writers that I have worked with and have influenced me. Architect Zaha Hadid has also greatly influenced my work.

q)What inspires you to create?

a)I take inspiration from everything around me. But the main thing that allows me to create is seeing my name on a surface. It's an instinct that I have. I like the sensation I have when I see my artwork finished and so I always look forward to seeing the next one. Then I think I take inspiration from within myself, the way I feel at the moment.My moods inspire me to paint differently. There is a total difference when I paint when I'm happy versus when I am sad. I also always look at what I did yesterday and I try to add something new everyday.

q)...your contacts...

a)www.peeta.net ,



mobile: +39 340 59 77 283