Artists have always been searching for inspiration that drives them to create works of essence. One artist in Modena, Italy, named Mario Oleari has found it in his best friend and partner, Jaix. A black and white smart dog that follows him everywhere. Apart from Jaix Mario has created many walls around his city and not only. We had to find out more and we ve got a Mario Interview to find out more about him 🙂
ISSA – Hi Mario, What You choose to drink? Coffee, tea, beer, soda or something else?
(Mario) – Coffee and sparkling water.
– Please introduce yourself to us:
– My name is Mario Oleari, I’m 33, I live in Modena in Italy working in the store design and decor of the family shop. I attended the Art Institute. Since the early 90s I create collages, stickers and graffiti in my city and beyond. For years I collect art and cultural contributions of local artists of the most interesting underground scene on my territory.
– What do you consider yourself? Artist? Street artist? Anything else?
Yes, Photographer, Painter, etc.
– How did it all start for you, and what it is today?
I’ve always been fascinated and passionate about the art world in general. As a child I grew up around art shows my father Mauro. I was very young when I started to create art. I never stopped doing it. Today I am calling my various individual and collective projects, including 4×4 Surplus, Local Time and Jaix Art.
-What Is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
I take a shower to start the day. I eat breakfast, I bring my dog to the park Jaix and then go to open the shop. So every every morning!
-Street Art is mostly a form visually stimulating art. To add another meaning to it, what music would you choose to accompany your art work?
I do not know. I never thought to associate music to my works.
-In Any form of art, inspiration is critical. What inspires you?
I am inspired by what I see, what I have in front. The newspaper. The art that fascinates me the most is the pop art and graffiti art. As you can see from my work is always present the pop icon, my dog Jaix. Jaix I adopted at the pound in 2002 and since then has become my muse.
-Before Going to paint, what is on your checklist to take with you?
I have no list. I carry with me the desire to do. I am independent!
-Do You have an artist that you admire and why?
There are artists that I like and where I take inspiration, especially graffiti 80s period. Keith Haring and others. By the time I realized that the most important ones I have at home because every day they teach me something. These artists are my father and my grandfather: Mauro and Clementino Oleari.
-Which cities do you think are the most inspiring for Street Art?
I have always admired the cities of Paris, Berlin, London and New York. Even my little town of Modena.
-Do You have other passions besides art?
Sure. I am a lover of Life in general!
– Does your art include symbolisms, messages or repeated patterns?
My icon. The life and witness and the love I have for my dog. What story, what I live. As you can see it is my symbol that is repeated every time. The feelings and emotions that I feel I allow to produce art. I do not do things just to do, if I make art because I feel that it is right to do so. The road is a form of democratic visibility. Mine is a story of a dog named Jaix coming out of the kennel and spreads his art around so that everyone can know. I am not inventing anything! I remain faithful to the reality in which I live. I tell my story in my own way through my personal motivations. Mine is a sentimental story. The art is after all what I have ahead of the eyes. My life.
-What Is your reaction when you realize that someone has vandalized your creation?
Until now no one has ever vandalized my creations. If this happens it would be a good excuse to return to paint on it.
-What Do you believe people first think of, or feel when they see your works?
It seems that people like my drawings. I enjoy this! It means that they are on track.
– If you were a president what would you change in the world?
Complicated question. What I can do is try to change for the better my little world.
-Do you have any Interesting projects for the future?
Yes. But I do not imbalance, I have several alternatives and when its time i will decide how best to move. During this time I have a bit ‘of problems in the family, but I would like to travel whenever I can to see friends around the world.
Thank you Mario – give Jaix a pat on the head and good luck with your works.
See more of Jaix street art here.