We have been talking to Spanish experimental street artist, Pinche. An internationaly recognised artist who works using high realism and vibrant colours. Behind the walls we discover a man with passion and humour. Read on to discover his story, his secrets and what gets him out of bed every morning. Enjoy the interview.
(ISSA) -What you choose to drink? Coffee, Tea, Beer, Soda or something else?
(Pinche) -Orange juice in the morning, water and Aquarius during the day, and beer with friends!
-Introduce yourself to us!
Hey! I´m Pinche, mural painter based in Madrid
– Where does your tag name come from?
When I was a child playing hide and seek … one of my friends started to call me Pinche (In Spain we call kitchen helpers Pinche ). All my friends continued calling me Pinche, so when I started to paint graffiti I chose it as my tag, Pinche… easy! hahaha
-How do you define yourself? Artist? Street artist? Anything else?
To define myself as an artist is so strange for me, perhaps my best description is mural painter, sometimes painter, sometimes Hey you!
– How did it all start for you, and what is it nowadays?
I’m not sure when it all started for me…
I can remember when I was 6 wanting paint and canvas for Christmas (Finally I got it).
When I was around 13, I tried the sprays with one of my best friends, so I started to paint graffiti. It was a non-stop routine till 20. After that, I barely painted but in 2010 I started stronger than ever and I have not stopped so far ☺
-What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
After hitting the snooze button on the alarm 3 or 4 times… Look at the window to see if it’s raining, after that I make some orange juice.
-Street art is mostly a visually stimulating form of art. To add one more sense to it, what music would you pick to accompany your art work?
I always steal my girlfriend’s playlist, perhaps we should ask her this question. I love different kinds of music, so normally I have a lot of options on my ipod.
-In all forms of art, inspiration is crucial. What is it that inspires you?
Everything that happens around me can be an inspiration for me… and every single wall is a new challenge (the place of the wall, the size, form, dirt and age… ), so for me that’s the most inspirational thing.
-What is the hardest part while working on a piece of art?
I always have a crisis near the middle of the process, it’s like, I don´t know if it is the right way. After that I have another crisis… to decide if the paint is finished. hahahaha.
-Do you have an artist(s) you admire and what for?
Yes, a lot of classic artists, and contemporaries. I could mention tons of them, but my actual top three are:
-Inti is one of my favourites, he has a special control of color and his own style.
-Joram Roukes I love his style.
-Robert Proch he makes chaotic and spectacular compositions.
-Which cities are the most inspiring for you?
One of the most inspiring cities for me is Barcelona, there I discovered graffiti. And actually any city I go to is part of my inspiration.
-What other passions do you have apart from art?
Ah! But… is there anything else? I love to travel (and more if I paint on my trips hahaha)
-Do you have a wild project that you dream of achieving some day?
More than a project is an objective, evolve and improve my murals, in part (although sounding corny) I´m living my biggest and wildest project, living my passion!!!
-Tell us about your art, does it include symbolisms, messages or repeated patterns?
Yes, in a large percentage of my art (90%) I include skulls, and from some time ago I’m including a white line making a frame that is fused with the paint. Always I try to send a message but not evident message, I like the public to make their own conclusions.
– How long time does a piece of art work of yours usually survive for?
Normally it survives a lot of time, years. But I remember once in Barcelona, painting with some friends, we finished around 21:00 and when we went the next day at 10:00 to take a picture of our graffiti, we discovered that somebody had covered our piece with another, that is my own record
-What do people first think of, or feel, when they see one of your works on the street?
When I’m painting skulls sometimes people change their face, but in a bad way hahaha, but when I’m painting murals, the common expression that I hear is: How can you do that in that size?
-Do you have a secret you would like to share with us?
I use extensions in my beard ahahahaha but don’t tell anyone.
-What are your creative plans for the future?
I just returned from my first exhibit in London, in January I have another in Seville, and at the end of March I have another exhibit in London. (the biggest that I ever done) And about my murals, I’m planning a paint tour around some different countries.
-Is there a specific thought or message you would like to pass to our audience out there?
Perhaps my leitmotiv ·believe in you· and ·work hard·
Thank you! It’s been great to get to know more about the mind and person behind such talented and inspiring works.
‘’I Support Street Art’’ team.
Thanks for the interview!
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