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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I was born in San Juan, Argentina and I´m currently based in Valencia, Spain. In the last 4 years, I have crossed 6000km on foot in South America and part of Europe, visiting and living in different villages, communities, towns, and cities of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium, and Spain.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

New Realism. Understanding the magical world we inhabit in and recognizing why we believe ourselves distant from it is the key to fall the first illusion’s layer. Humans are far from reality, living in “our own” mind so that penetrating illusions allows us to penetrate into reality.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I work in analog and digital collage and in both processes, there is literature intervention as well. I love to work both and I believe that each one, allows one to explore certain things that the other techniques do not. For example, in digital morphological operations such as multiplication, change of scale or the reflection of pieces, while in analog you can work more intuitively with the imperfection of the edges, rips, cut with different elements, apply textures and reliefs, etc.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I believe that wealth is in the diversity of processes. In allowing a broad and different exploration. I am not interested in staying with one but trying all the paths. So in some cases, I will build with a preconceived idea and in others not. Sometimes it happens that I am simply watching a movie or some image on the street and I immediately say: this would be good to cut around here and change the background … people should be bigger, or the sky is upside down … so I try to save those ideas by the time I’m looking for images. Other times it simply arises from the direct experimentation of moving pieces, mixing papers, shapes. This is something so important to me that in fact, I take the same attitude to look for images such as searching for processes. I have a notebook where I write down many exercises to intervene in collage.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Meditation and poetry. I have a black-out literature project in parallel. It is a technique to find poetry or fragments within already written pages of newspapers or other books. You select words and cross out all the rest. You can also draw on top to cover up the words you won’t leave. It’s to make a specific selection of a certain page. Find beauty where there seems to be nothing. Most of the time, the unconscious image behind the collages comes from micro text or poems of these black-out works.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

A transcendental role since it is one of the tools I use for self-knowledge and inner exploration.

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7. Where did you study?

I studied technical drawing in high school and then studied Architecture at university. I suppose that I inherited from both formations different things such as: the vision of the whole in order to assemble series, the order and the play of colors of morphology, the use of perspective and critical thinking. During the university years I also actively participated in a group of urban sketchers called El Bus del Croquis with which we practiced freehand drawing mainly of architecture and urban fragments.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself giving talks, workshops, publishing books and making exhibitions fluently throughout the world.

9. What about in ten?

The same, and I would do it for the rest of my life because I enjoy it fully.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

Money and internal expansion.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Patatas bravas

12. Favourite book?

El libro de la Nada – Osho

13. Favourite genre of music?

Rock(Progressive/Psychedelic) or Deep

14. What are your hobbies?

I do not have any. I just do what I like. Isn’t it a hobby for someone who spends the rest of his time on something he doesn’t love?

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

A jungle plant

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