Interview: Rael Brian

Please, introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about you.

Hi, my name is Raelbrian, I’m 27 years old and I from Brazil.I am a music (specially punk) and skateboard lover, that’s why I started doing collages.  I think I’m very bored with the world and people in general, and art helps me express myself about it. I’m always looking for something new, both art and music…

Recent, current or future projects you are involved in that you would like to share with us?

I’m always producing, but I’m a bit lazy. I have many projects in my head, and sometimes it is difficult to do all at once. Im have a little DIY skateboard brand called Merchandise Skateboards, and in the future I would love to to make money with art, to be able to pay rent and stuff, and participate in exhibitions in other countries.

What kind of things influence your work?

The stress of the city makes me want to produce art when I get home, I can lay out for a while that feeling of frustration. I dont know, I try to be different from these people who spend all day at work, I try to produce something to feel useful and alive. And of course, that whole scene of punk and skate of the 80s,influences me a lot… I think I was born too late… hehehe. My friends too influences me a lot, guys like Lucas Cabu, Conehorror…

How is your normal process of collaging? (idea or commission, where do you get your materials or find your images, which is your cutting technique, best way you have found to paste, where do you work and how, and very important: what do you do with your scraps)

I’m always picking up dirty paper of streets and looking for old magazines. I have two lines of work, one that i finished digitally, with influence of that skate punk aesthetic, something more figurative. And something more artistic and analog, open to ideas. In both cases I work overlapping layers and looking for a dirty aesthetic, my studio is a big mess.

Which is your latest discovery in the collage world? What advice can you give to a collage beginner?

I imagine the last was the Bäst (artist), but one of the most striking was a few years ago when I discovered the work of Tomas Spicolli. My advice for begginer would to be always curious and always to try to expand your art. Never be afraid with what other people think about your ideas.

What do say your friends/family about your collage work? And, what do you do when you are not working on art?

I think my family likes my creative side, and some of my friends like and others think that is a waste of time, hehehhee. I dont care… and when I’m not producing art, I’m producing music or ride my skateboard… you can hear my last music project here:

Would you like to ask anything to John Baldessari? Shoot.

I dont know,maybe how he can be as creative and productive for long