Interview with Raul Egido
q)Please introduce yourself.
a)My name is Raúl Egido, I´m a 22years old artist,
designer and inventor born in
q)Where do you live and work?
a)I live and work in
q)How would you describe your work
to someone who has never seen it?
a)I´m a surrealist artist. Since the
2003 I´ve been playing and working with
the automatic method. All the things I do
come from my subconscient.
I don´t do any sketches or plans.
Just take pen, colors and everything
and let my hand work by itself.
The idea of planning a paint just
bore me. I enjoy painting or drawing
directly because the aspect is different.
My art is not attached to any conscious
drawing or painting rule. I try to make
something different each time I take
My art is constantly changing because
each day is a new day for me and I try to
add or change something to make it more
interesting for the people.
q)How did you start in the arts?
How/when did you realize you were an artist?
a)My father is a writer and editor,
my mother Studied Arts and interior design
and my grandfather was a classical painter.
There´s been always a tradition in my
family for the arts, so I started painting
since an early age.
My relationship with arts has been
very strong since the beginning. I began
drawing machines for everything.
I always loved mechanichal complex and
machines and I loved to play with that
idea of inventing something, so I passed
my early age
drawing machines... Everybody was like
that kid is crazy because while most of
my friends were drawing Mickey Mouse
and that type of stuff
I was designing complex rockets or
cars with all that interior design and stuff.
I also found breakdance as a way to
express myself when I was 16, so I
continue drawing and dancing at the same time.
First time I was thinking seriously
about the "artist" word and idea wast
when the unknown people came to me and said,
"your art is great, you´re an artist".
I loved the fact to make people feel
something and the idea of living doing what you love.
q)What are your favorite art materials and why?
a)I´ve worked with lot of materials,
but my favourite are color pens.
I really enjoy the sensation of drawing
with thouse pens fast over a white paper
and let my subconscient doing the next thing.
It’s something fast, the colors are vivid and the
results are amazing.
q)What/who influences you most?
a)I’m influenced by everything,
painting artists like Dalí, Miró,
Warhol, Saura, architecture, artificial
objects, nature...casual people...
I can´t say something or somebody which
influences me more because I´m always
curious about new artist and ways to
look at art and I´m
a very open minded person so I try to
take inspiration from everything.
q)Describe a typical day of art making
a)There´s no typical day for me because
each day is different.
One day I´m just listening to music,
watching nature or documentaries and
the other day I´m
painting for more than 10 hours without
Normally I know when I´m going to do
something interesting so I don´t stop
and try to take all the stuff out of my head.
Is something strange because sometimes I
don´t sleep because I have the feeling of
not letting everything go out and I can´t
sleep with that sensation of doing a mid work
q)What contemporary artists or
developments in art interest you?
a)I´m interested in works by known or
unknown artist. In the world of contemporany
art I´m more fan the artpiece than the artist
because sometimes I find just one thing
amazing from one artist. But solid artist
for me are Bruce Nauman and Jeff Koons.
q)How long does it typically take you to
finish a piece?
a)It depends of the day.
Sometimes it takes me 5 minutes, but
it can take up to hours, because I can
add or change something.
Anyways, time doesn´t matter for me,
you can do something splendid in 10
minutes and horror pieces in an hour.
q)Do you enjoy selling your pieces,
or are you emotionally attached to them?
a)Is a two sides face for me.
Is something good and necessary,
because with the money support I can continue
living doing what I love doing, and
in the other hand
I suffer because each of my pieces have
something of me, my deepest sensations
and thoughts are in my art so is like
q)Is music important to you? If so,
what are some things you're
listening to now?
a)Music is something neccesary for me.
I´m always listening to music and is
one of my big inspirations
I´m opened to listeng stuff from
different styles, My favourite bands
are really different each other.
I love electronic music such as
Boards of Canda and Aphex Twin.
And more "traditional" bands like
Joy Division and Depeche Mode.
a)I have a big collection of Art Books.
Business books are also interesting
q)What theories or beliefs do you have
regarding creativity or the creative process?
a)To me, Something creative is something
which let you feel something about and
comes from somebody which gives in there
some from itself.
q)What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing)
when you're not creating?
a)I love dancing, being with
listening to music, reading,
checking the web..
q)Do you have any projects or
shows coming up that you are
particularly excited about?
a)I´m very excited about the
new version of my website. www.raulegido.com
The exhibition of some of my works in
I´m excited about the possibilty of an
exhibition anywhere, anytime
Some posters I´m working on for a
luxury firm in
project I can´t talk about.
q)Do you follow contemporary art scenes?
If so, how? What websites, magazines,
galleries do you prefer?
a)I check often artnewsblog,
artinfo, artnet, juxtapoz and fecalface
q)Ask yourself a question you'd like to
answer, and answer it.
a)Where I´m going to be in 10 years?
a)I don´t know.
q)Any advice for aspiring artists?
a)Don´t try to be somebody.
Just open your mind, Don´t bite artwork .
Artist is not just art, being an artist is
a way of live and act. Be humble, work hard,
and try to find your own style.
q)Where can we see more of your work online?
a)You can check my new website
and my flickr photoset http://www.flickr.com/photos/raulegidoval/sets/72157603320611921/
If want buy any of my art pieces you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org