How have the outdoors influenced your art and where do you draw creativity from?
Everything around is inspiring. This element of being outside, reminds me my childhood and reminds me how beautiful it was with just a stick of wood—a simple skateboard or snowboard. The outdoors is just so important to me just because you don't need to pay anything to enjoy. You just have to look around you.
Music is also a big part of my creativity. I couldn't draw without the music. It's like you have to go out and put some fuel in your car. Same thing. Give me some music and I will make it happen. When I snowboard, hike, whatever, I need the music. It gives me just the little thing to put everything together.
Tell us about your creative process.
I never sketch at all. I go straight to the canvas and I let my hand flow. It's just this guy is so in my head. It’s even like I'm obsessed by this guy. Sometimes I'm just eating and I start drawing the guy with my spaghetti and I don't know why I'm doing it. It's just so natural. So when I start doing the lines on the canvas, I could do it with my eyes shut and then it has to dance. As soon as I've done all the guys connected, I start to play with the color and the color is a big thing for me. I never use the color, the straight color, that exist on the tube. I want to make sure you can't reproduce the color. Even me.
I feel like my art is a balance between everything. I don't care about how technical it is. I don't care about all the details, but I do care about the balance. As soon as my canvas is balanced to me, I'm happy with it. The balance is everything and I think the balance in life as well. A mix of everything is needed to me.
How would you describe your style?
Well, since I was born I had crazy nightmares. I was always waking up in the middle of the night by a monster or something, a creature. I was so scared about it and at the same time I was really into horror movies, which is funny because the more I was watching this, the more I was scared. I had those nightmares between 3 to 27 and 27 is the time when I started to paint. I realized that maybe it was all my things in my head, creatures and monsters, pushed to create.
So all the characters you see is my guys. So they were my enemies and now they're my best friends. It's kind of funny, you know? And they're all connected. That's another thing. All the lines that you see between all those characters means that my goal in life is to be connected with everybody, no matter how you are, your age, whatever. There's another thing: they don't have eyes, just a beak and a hat. Arms, big arms so they can hug people. They can share things with people. They have legs so they can skate snowboard, or hike.
The thing about the no eyes is just when you see people, you start judging. And when you don't have eyes, you just let your heart speaking. So it's more about feeling things, so I decided not to draw eyes just for this reason. It's about a feeling. It's about a vibe.