Clara: Hi Aleix, could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? What are your personal interests?
Alex: I was born and I live in Barcelona. Depending on who I talk to I’m an illustrator, muralist, graphic designer or comic book author. My personal interests and passions are those that I do for a living and those that I don’t, but have something to do with it. Let’s say illustration, muralism, graphic design, painting, cinema, and street art.
C: You’re a very prodigious artist: street art, illustration, drawing, comics, doodling. Tell us a little about your artistic background and how you got into street art.
A: “Prodigious artist”, wow, that sounds really big to me… but thanks! I’ve been doodling on a paper since I was months old. My grand mother put a pencil in my hands then and I never stopped. Fortunately and unfortunately I’m a self-thought artist so I never studied art in the university or any art school more than a few months here and there. How I got into street art is probably one of the weirdest ways to get into street art I know… At that time Barcelona was an amazing broth for street artists and I decided to draw the first comicbook about graffiti in Spain. I put real graffiti from real artists in its boxes so I contacted all of them personally. The time passed by and I got some nice friends who were street artists and some of them invited me to go to paint with them. I’ve been painting since then because I love it.
C: What style of you is the most successful (in your eyes)?
A: To be honest, I don’t really know. Probably the “bubble gum style” because is the one that conforms my licensing brand so is more susceptible to be applied on different supports.
C: I see. What attracts you to street art anyway?
A: Freedom. There are no clients, comissions, so you can express yourself in a way you normally can’t and can be seen by a lot of people that probably wouldn’t see my work.
C: Who are your role models?
A: Buff… I have a lot of them in many different disciplines! Akira Toriyama, Jamie Hewlett, Enrique Fernandez, Moebius, Aryz, Satone, Victor Castillo… and many, many, many others.
C: Where do you find your source of inspiration?
A: On specific “publications” in the internet, films, comics and books.
C: Do you have a favorite street art piece you could show us?
C: You have personal projects as well as commissioned ones. What do you think distinguishes street art from street advertising?
A: Both work on the same support and both are invasive on public space. But one invest throngs of millions every year to get people’s attraction without asking permission or giving anything back to the comunity and is seen in a good way, and the other is considered vandalism and crime, when the performancers do it for free. Some street art beauties really grey spaces when advertising never does.
C: As I’ve seen on your blog, it seems like you’ve had a fun project in Dubai. Tell us more about it.
A: Tiger Beer contacted me to become part of an exhibition with 19 other Asian artists. 10 photographers and 10 street artists. Each photographer had to take a picture of a wall somewhere in Asia and the street artists had to virtually paint over it. There was a big event done by Tiger Beer in Dubai where a lot of artists were performing music, muralism and some exhibitions, including that one. They liked my design so they used it to decorate a vast amount of the event atrezzo. And a car…
C: Of all the projects you’ve done – street art or otherwise – which has been most satisfying?
A: The murals I did for Pepe Jeans London a looooong time ago, all my comicbooks and a few other of my murals around the world.
C: What’s next for you?
A: Keep working hard! Preparing a documentary about street art in Barcelona and promoting a poker deck I designed for Bycicle Cards USA that will be released next month.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/62147092]