We invite you to meet talented Mexican street artist SPAIK. His art provokes the viewers senses, overwhelms with colours and challenges our imaginaion on almost every one of his works. In this intimate interview SPAIK tells us more about himself, his inspirations and his evolution in the art of creativity.
-What would you like to drink? Coffee, Tea, Beer, Soda or something else?
-Introduce yourself to us – as if we had no idea who you were!
Hi, my name is Spaik I am an artist from Mexico.
-How do you define yourself and why? Artist? Street artist? Something else?
Well, I think im challenging, friendly, tolerant, and passionate dreamer, but sometimes i’m very lone, inexpressive and shy.
I am an artist because i love to use my mind and my creativity. I’m really happy when im working in art projects. For me it is a reason to be alive…
-How did it all start for you, and what is it nowadays?
It started when I was 15 years old, like a child’s play painting in the nights, houses of my neighborhood with my friends and run off from the cops. Now I am 33 years old and the cops as well as alot of people admire my work. It was very dificult for the first 10 years without money to do my projects, but now things have changed. A lot of people from diferent countries as well as big brands write to me to work with them. I really love my work because it has taken me to places I would have never imagined.
I feel blessed for that.
-What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
I take my breakfast and drink a coffee!
-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?
Well. I love the tecno music. But I like also the cumbia, reggae and salsa and a lot of traditoinal sounds from Latin America.
-In all forms of art, inspiration is crucial. What inspires you and how does that end up in your art?
My inspiration comes from the prehispanic culture and the indigenous people from Latin America. I love to learn about this cosmovision and this kind of art in general.
-What is the hardest part while working on a piece of art?
The most difficult part is “THINKING”. You need very much patience to find a really great design concept for each space.
-Do you have any artist(s) you admire? Can you pinpoint what it is that makes them so special for you?
Ufff, a lot of artists have inspired me arround the world each day, in different platforms. They inspired me because of their originality and because as humans they have made the world a better place. I dont want mention names because maybe I will never end.
-Which cities are the most inspiring for you as an artist?
I love, Machu Pichu in Peru, Uyuni in Bolivia, Cairo in Egypt, the beaches in Costa Rica, Prague in the Czech Republic, Berlin, Barcelona, and Yucatan in Mexico!
-What other passions do you have apart from art?
Cooking, eating and drinking… hahaha
-Do you have a special project that you hope to achieve some day?
Yeah, I would like to direct a movie or design an architect project.
-Tell us a bit more about your art; does it include symbolisms, messages or repeated patterns? How has it evolved?
Yes is does include symbols. I constantly try to play with the patterns and the pre hispanic symbols. But now i’m trying to play with more elements, with depth and the human forms.
-How long time does your art work, on walls, usually survive for?
Not more than 10 years.
-What do you think, people feel or think of, when they see one of your works on the street?
Usually they feel happy and in Latin America it makes them think.
-What are your creative plans for the future?
I would like to learn more art techniques and become even better in making more art.
-Is there a little wish you have that not many people know about?
I would like to see all my friends and family happy because they are making my dreams a reality.
-Is there a specific thought or message you would like to pass to our audience out there?
Never stop dreaming!
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.
Artist Links: https://spaikspike.tumblr.com/
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