We spoke to Spanish born artist from Andalusia – Wild Welva – who has brought the wild animals into the city walls accompanied with emotions and a link to human society.
(ISSA) -What you choose to drink? Coffee, Tea, Beer, Soda or something else?
(Wild Welva) + White wine, please.
-Introduce yourself to us!
+ My name is Seba Ventana, the man behind Wild Welva.
– Where does your tag name come from?
+ Wild Welva is a phonetic approximation of the arabic name of Huelva, the city where I live in the south of Spain. The tag came out when I started to re-wild the city with my drawings of Wild animals.
-How do you define yourself? Artist? Street artist? Anything else?
+ I am an artist who started to focus his works on the streets and walls, so I became a street artist.
– How did it all start for you, and what is it nowadays?
+ I started drawing and painting when I was a little kid. I loved painting animals at that time. I grew up in a small town in Andalucia, wild life was a part of the game. When I was a teen I worked on canvas and small-medium size paintings. It was in my adulthood when I discovered the power of the streets.
-What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
+ I have a large cup of coffee, then I prepare breakfast for my five years old child.
-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 love making videos showing the process of my pieces. I also create the music for the videos, or ask a good friend to do it for me. As a musician, I think that music is one of the best ways to express feelings and emotions.
-In all forms of art, inspiration is crucial. What is it that inspires you?
+ Day life things that happen around me and my people inspire me. Feelings, human relationships, love, fear.
-What is the hardest part while working on a piece of art?
+Beginnings are always difficult. I am always scared when I start a new piece. It takes me a a little while to start enjoying.
-Do you have an artist(s) you admire and what for?
+ As I love art, I admire many artists. From the classic ones to the contemporary ones. I love creative minds and the power of expression.
-Which cities are the most inspiring for you?
+ I like working in my own city, because I know it well. But I worked in many cities and small towns all over the world. I would say that Paris is a nice city for Street Art, mostly for paste up that is the technique that I work on.
-What other passions do you have apart from art?
+ I love music, nature, being with my family and friends.
-Do you have a wild project that you dream of achieving some day?
+ I am already working on my wild one.
-Tell us about your art, does it include symbolisms, messages or repeated patterns?
+ Wild Welva is a project focused on animals and wild life, but you can see an emotional, human and social aspect in what I do. It´s an emotional art, full of open messages, symbols and human stories.
– How long time does a piece of art work of yours usually survive for?
+I am very lucky. Normally, my animals survive for years.
-What do people first think of, or feel, when they see one of your works on the street?
+I love watching people staring at my works. I wonder the same every time.
-Do you have a secret you would like to share with us?
+ I am not a person of secrets. I try to be clear and open all the time 😉
-What are your creative plans for the future?
+ Keep on working, keep on expressing myself.
-Is there a specific thought or message you would like to pass to our audience out there?
+ Love yourselves and love the others.
Thank you! It’s been great to get to know more about the mind and person behind such talented and inspiring works.
Check out Wild Welva’s artist profile