Nicolas Castell

Born in: 1998, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives in: Granada, Spain
Describe your art in three words: vivid, graphic, dreamy
Education: MFA in Drawing from the University of Granada (Spain)
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"I have been working as an artist with more than twenty exhibitions in recent years, as a freelance illustrator for advertising, children's books, comics, cinema, music, and more. Some of my clients have included The Times, The Washington Post, Dupuis, SM, Adobe, Mercedes-Benz, Paradores, and Santillana. In my illustrations, I strive to create narrative scenes that blend elements of history and fantasy, weaving together compelling visual stories that captivate and engage viewers."

What themes does your work involve?
Dreams, fantasy, history, biographies, Japan and science fiction.
Describe your creative process.
I read the briefing few times while I try to make the perfect scene in my mind. Then I play with it doing my sketches with pencil. After the composition y settled I ink it and then I play with the colors!
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Life in general, a ride with the bicycle can be inspiring, a trip to a different culture as well. When I can't travel I enjoy books and movies. An interesting dream or meditation can inspire me too. I make art because I love it, and I need it too. It's something beyond my will, if I not do it I'm not feeling myself.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art happens when the artist is able to portray his emotions and ideas in the piece. Sometimes you can have a good idea, but if you didn't master the craft enough, that idea can be lost during the process of that piece of art. Maybe because the artist is not skillful, or maybe because the artist is confused.
What is the role of the artist today?
To connect with the people, to make this living experience less horrible inviting the people to dream, to travel with the imagination and to know there are more like us, that people of other countries they love, work and suffer too, we're not that different, art is the best way to connect first with oneself, and second with the world.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist