I was introduced to the universe of collage in the early days of College, as an exercise of fluid experimentation. The teacher wanted us to expand your minds and lose the sense of perfection when doing things. We had to go with the flow, it was a king of visual brainstorm, in which the concept of the pieces where being built/ form, alongside the collage.
Since then, I’ve been using this technique to practice compositions and concepts that are less strict or defined, and many times introspective. All of these are autoral pieces.
The first time I was fascinated by art was on an ordinary day of mid-school, when a teacher introduced us to various books of famous artists. Among them, one caught my eye like nothing else: Salvador Dali. Since that moment on, my passion to art started to flourish more and more, and I found in Dali a strong source of inspiration. I love everything about dreams and surrealism, it’s where I feel I have the power to create and explore my own world.
I’ve been influenced by Japanese culture since my childhood, with loads of animes and mangas that caught my attention way more than the ocidental comic fever. For that reason, I have a deep respect for their culture, so I start do dig deeper and deeper. Until I found out about Ukiyo-e: is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries, where artists used mostly woodblocks to create images of female beauties, scenes from history and folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and erotica.
Here I try to respect their culture but also adding a little bit of mine, merging two worlds to create a new one.
I started doing posters mostly because I was getting bored of only working with t-shirts. I wanted to expand, do different things. And since movies and music are both things that I love and are so well explored on posters, it was a natural thing to try this media.
Watercolor is my favorite media, and quite possible the one that I had most success in developing an unic/strong style. Most of these where done using traditional media mixed with digital touches. At the present moment, i'm a featured artist at Grumbacher, as a watercolor expert (not sure about that but i'm very proud anyways)
Have you ever wondered how would it be to visit those places that only exist in movies, books or games? That’s the idea for this project, to transport people deep into those worlds, using the aesthetics of retro travel posters as a way to tie all these different places into one.
What is art? What is Pop? What is Poop? These are the main questions that comes to my mind when i'm working (in the bathroom).
Jokes aside, I am a nostalgia boy. I've been inspired by retro/vintage aesthetics since I had Art History in college. Maybe it's the low-tech print imperfections, the textures, the absurd subjects, the typography, and everything else, that makes the images feel more human and personal, as if you could understand that there's someone behind that piece, and not just a computer. Or maybe it's just because it makes me remember my awesome childhood.
The fact is that this nostalgic culture has shaped part of my style and keeps inspiring me along my endless journey as a illustrator
Over the years I develop a strange ability to draw zombies. It started as a fun thing for me, but opened doors for very cool projects, from rock band's t-shirts to a survival guide book for the apocalipse (commissioned by LeNovo).
Curiously, I used myself as a reference on almost all of them, so I guess you could call this a self-post-apocalyptic-portrait-kind-of-project.
As Tall As Lions was an unique indie rock band from Long Island, New York. I was firstly invited to create a t-shirt design, but our relationship was extended when the band decided to split, and I was proudly asked to create their farewell tour posters. I held this project very close to my heart as I am a big fan of their music. It saddens me that the band is over but I felt honored to contribute in some way with their story
A small homage to some places I've been. Hope I can travel and draw a ton more of these.