Instagram: @mariamelancolia

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

I was born 40 years ago in Luanda, Angola. Due to the civil war, I came to live in Portugal with my grandmother. I am a freelance self-taught digital artist, and I am also a communication advisor.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I see myself as a hopeless romantic with a surrealistic vision of life. I am fascinated by both dreams and nightmares, sad and beautiful, the melancholic and the absurd.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Digital art, because it provides me new challenges and it gives me creative control.

4. What is your artistic process like?

Normally, I have an idea for a collage and then I start looking for images that can make that artistic vision come to life. Other times I see an image and get inspired to create a story.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Surrealistic artists, films and photography.

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

Art allows me to enter a new world, I can build my own story and express myself. Art should make people happy and aware.

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7. Where did you study?

I graduated in media studies from the Polytechnic Institute in Viseu.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Working for myself would be great.

9. What about in ten?

Still loving what I do.

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

Leave my daughter my humble legacy. Moreover, that people could look at my pieces and see poetry.

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

Anything spicy and tasty.

12. Favourite book?

Crime and punishment by Fiodor Dostoyevsky.

13. Favourite genre of music?

Rock

14. What are your hobbies?

Spending time with my daughter.

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

I would be Jim Jarmusch’s production assistant.

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