ROGER SEMAT Interview – 3- 05-2021

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

I define myself as a person who is curious about everything around me. I am always looking to find a compelling reasoning in my sea of doubts. I like to travel around the world and discover new cultures, at the same time that I also get to know its people. Anyone who interacts with me is a source of knowledge which I use as inspiration in my life.

Roger Semat – @rogersemat –

2- How did you start working on street art?

I don’t remember the exact year I started street art, but I do remember that it was in my last months in high school, when we finished classes we would go to the most hidden places to paint our piece that we had previously drawn during class hours. On the way to the place also appeared some signatures. Although it was not until I was 16 years old that I did not make the leap to street art as such, showing my face in festivals and events for municipalities.

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

The simple fact of observing what is presented to me is enough to inspire me. I am also fortunate that my close circle has a connection to art, most of them from the graffiti world. The best thing is that each one of them has a very different style, and I believe that they can only offer me positive things to inspire my work. When I find a space, I analyze in detail every corner of it. When I have a clear idea of the wall where I am going to work, I take a picture of it with my cell phone and then I study how I should approach the work I am going to do. Many times, when I paint in places like abandoned warehouses, since they are places that I love because of the decadence they highlight, I also analyze the light that enters it for when I have to take the photo, since it may be that the next day that warehouse will be on the ground.

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

For me, street art represents someone’s voice. Its small or big manifestation. In the end it is a means of communication that we find when we leave our front door. As we move forward in time, street art will end up consolidating itself as one of the best periods of art. Many top companies already have urban artists working for their brands. In the end, everything comes with time.

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?

We should stop asking this question, as it is very typical. Lately street art as such is subsidized by municipalities and private entities to make their works on the public surface. So it is very contradictory to ask this question. Nobody likes to have the façade of their house painted without their permission, so the person who has painted is doing something illegal and is aware of it, so they understand that they can be fined. I have had countless problems with the authorities, as well as with representatives of political parties. And I suppose they will continue to happen.

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

It depends on the magnitude of the project I have to face. If it is a personal work project, what costs me more is to find the idea to represent. Once I start painting, time is very relative. I can take 5 minutes to finish painting, as I can take a week. If it is about festivals, I try to study and analyze the bases and themes that will be treated, to have knowledge that will help me to develop a strong idea.

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

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