mercoledì 9 settembre 2009

Interview with Rodrigo Level

q)Please introduce yourself.

a)My name is Rodrigo Level, i'm a brasilian urban artist with 26 years old and 13 years dedicated to one of my biggest loves, my art.

q) Where do you live and work?

a)Actually I'm living and working in Brasília - Brasil.

q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?

a)It’s a mixture of mistic, sensuality, feelings, passion and dreams on simple black and white lines. A free way to show the life around me.

q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?

a)I loved to draw like most of the kids, but time has passed and I just didn’t stop. When I realized I was doing something that other people really liked. That reaction from others makes me feel like an artist must feel.

q) What are your favorite art materials and why?

a)People use to thing that I work with expensive materials, but I liked to explain, here not always we had good materials at hand, so we improvised. My simplicity comes from this material improvise too. Now I work a lot with Latéx an Acrylic paints.

q) What/who influences you most?

a)On the begin most of my influences were other artists like Aubrey Beardsley and his decade for example. But now I created my style of art, I submerge on my own things, and changing from there, again and again. I still have outside influences, but not from other artists.

q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.

a)Don’t understand this one, sorry.

q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?

a)I’m not much ambitious. If a could live of my art.. it would be enough. I always need a normal job, this kind of art isn’t valued here, unfortunately.

q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?

a)The new brasilian street art surprised me, I didn’t expect that much quality from so many brasilian artists, and so fast.

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

a)Depends, works on the street are more free, take a few hours. Canvas and paper takes a few days...

q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?

a)I don’t sell them much yet because urban art don’t have a big public in Brasil yet. But I really like to sell them more. I thing that art has no owner, it belongs to nobody. Diffuse my art is what I want most.

q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?

a)Music is very very important for me. I love Joy Division, New Order and all post punk.

q) Books?

a)No, I don’t have much time to read, the time a have I like to paint and drink a good beer.

q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?

a)Creativity is a state of spirit for me, I need to get way sometimes. Stay in a calm ambient, helps a lot.

q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?

a)I like to photography with my girlfriend, watch my team futebol games.

q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?

a)I’m excited, and working hard on “Go Get Your Shinebox” on Brooklynite – NY in November this year. I liked to do more shows in other countries.

q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?

a)Through websites, mostly.

q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

a)Nothing comes to mind, sorry.

q) Any advice for aspiring artists?

a)Never ever ever stop dreaming.

q) Where can we see more of your work online?


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