HOW DID YOU START IN STREET ART AND GRAFFITI? WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE NOW?
It happened spontaneously. I used to live near a train depot, and I liked to draw, so the combination of drawing and having a drawing going around the country was even more attractive. This is how I started in graffiti and street art. At that time, it was all natural, less “artificial”: however, with the happening of events and brands, street art has become forced, and more branded. Today street art is mainly advertising, and branding and unluckily it shows off also in our society.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE STREET ART? COULD IT BE DEFINED AS A MOVEMENT OR A CURRENT?
It could have been called just a movement absolutely, whereas now, street art is a pop and people’s movement. Lately, society is superficial and is only interested in what’s visible, and no longer in the concept that street art embodies.
STREET ARTISTS ARE TO SOME EXTEND CONSIDERED A KIND OF ANARCHIC MATRIX, WHEREAS YOU TALK ABOUT FUNCTION IN THIS SOCIETY, SO HOW IMPORTANT IT IS? AND WHY?
I don't think street art has ever been an anarchic movement, perhaps illegal, but not anarchic. Street art like graffiti has strict and well-defined rules, unwritten but handed down by the graffiti artists. Back then society mirrored all these values.
WHAT INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU? ARE THESE WORDS YOUR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD?
They are synonyms: the more dependent society is, the less free it’ll be. Being independent is the foundation of my work. But today this society has created a status of legalised slavery that I’d like to stress out in my works.
DOES YOUR NAME TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE TECHNIQUE YOU USE TO CREATE YOUR PIECES?
I don't think my art name is inspired by my technique. My technique has evolved over the years, and I adjusted it to the textures of the surfaces I have painted on.
THE FRAGMENTS YOU USE TO CHARACTERISE YOUR WORKS REPRESENT A HUMANISED ROBOT OR A ROBOTIC HUMAN?
What an elaborate question! I think it is both, but it depends on the metaphor behind the work I do.
WHAT SHOULD AN ARTIST DARE TO DO?
First of all, you have to be a real artist and be respected as such. Art should not only be used for parties and festivals: we are artists, not clowns.
THERE ARE A LOT OF CHITCHATS ABOUT ART AND AI, IS IT ONE OF THE MANY FASHION TRENDS OR DO YOU THINK THERE COULD BE A REAL ARTISTIC MEANING BEHIND THE ART-AI PAIRING?
I believe that leaving art to AI would be like destroying our creativity. You cannot commission something artistic to a machine because it leaves out human randomness and our mistakes in testing things out and researching. And by leaving all these aspects out AI create art with mathematical perfection.
by RA / RC
for DARE CLAN