WILD WELVA Interview – 3-06-2020

«In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic«

1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?

I define myself as an artist who interacts with the city and the landscape.

As for my projects, I love to rescue damage and forgotten places through street art and wild life.

Wild Welva Artist | Photo provided by the artist

2- How did you start working on street art?

I started many years ago with my own personal projects and collaborating with other street artists, although I started as a former painter who made exhibitions in galleries. Once I discovered the power of the street I never went back.

3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?

I find the inspiration in my daily life, my feelings, my fears, people around me…or even in a dream, the news or a book. That is only the primary idea that makes me stand up and work on something new. Then, I codify it using wild animals and simbols.

Actually, I love modifying the urban space, I am way more interested on modifying and creating specific pieces for concrete spaces than creating regular murals that could be painted in any wall of the world.

4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?

I think Street Art is a clear representation of contemporary life: ephemeral, globalized, fast and… it looks good on Instagram. But at the same time Street Art is still a space of freedom for artists to show their works and ideas to the world.

5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?

To tell the truth I never ever had problems with the police so far.

Answering your question, I think Street Art is a very wild and difficult art to be regularized. I had pasted up my works in so many different cities and countries, sometimes comisioned by an University, a Town hall or any other institution, sometimes as a participant in a Street Art Festival and so so many others illegally. I think that we, street artists, need to find the balance between comissioned and illegal works in order to take some money and not selling our souls.

6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?

I normaly make a new project every month. Once I have the sketch, a picture of the place where the piece will be pasted up and the concrete measures, I start working in the studio. I draw and paint on big sheets of paper. This takes the most of the time. Once the piece is finished it is time to paste it up outside.

 Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.


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