First of all, can you tell us what art is for you?
It is a way of expressing myself. Usually I work as a photographer but within the paintings I can show something I can't taking pictures of - something I have only in my brain.
How do you describe yourself as an artist?
Actually I don't describe myself an an artist. I am just like somebody who likes art and seeing different things. I try to find a way to be constructive – I always did paintings, drawings, constructions, taking pictures, filming.... Reading a book or watching a movie its cool, I find myself needing to be productive!
Joseph Beuys said: Everybody is an artist. What do you think?
I think so, everybody can be an artist. Each of us has a different point of view about the life and the world, it's just about finding a way to express yourself.
From which part of your life you are getting the most input from? Skate/Photography/Streetart...?
I have been travelling a lot with my work as an skateboard photographer, seeing different countries and cultures, meeting people and talking with them – so I put all the impressions together. For me it's the best way to get input!
Street art with influence from the Mayas and Incas, how did it come to that mix?
It's a mixture of my passions: skateboarding and travelling. I love the streetart as much as I am fascinated by these ancient cultures, which were so much more advanced than we are today. Just have a look at these old temples, it's perfect architecture made without having modern technology! It's just impressive...
How does your research and your workflow look like?
With most of them, apart from the skateboards, I am working freestyle, without imagining the result. First of all I am drawing one half, copy it and finally get the perfect symmetry and the result is a surprise... When I go to a new country, I don't go to the typical tourist places. I take my camera and get lost in the city, that's how I can find special things most of the people don't see...
What was the most important element of the exhibition for you?
It was my first single exhibition and all of the works had grown up in the last couple of years. Each creation is something special for me and I still find new details in the pictures I didn't see before. My favourite is the circle, I started four years ago and I used the remaining colours from other paintings, it's like result of all works.
Can you tell me what sort of response you have had about the exhibition from visitors?
Everybody I talked to liked it and I was really happy about that, pretty cool...
Concerning the Mayas, the big change is coming soon...What do you think?
Haha...Oh I really don't know. We will see!
© all images by Elena Alger