1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
My name is Marta and I was born in Valencia, in 1988. As a child I loved drawing and painting, probably the same as all the other children but I didn’t know anyone who lived from painting, or that had developed any artistic career, so for a while I thought that this couldn’t be a real job. Then in the last year of high school, I studied Art’s History and I became fascinated. In that moment I decided (in my mind) to study art and enjoying as much as possible without thinking too much in the future, I thought it’s fine, in the future I will see.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I think that my aesthetic changes always a little bit, it depends on my mood, on what I’m reading, or listening or feeling or seeing. I love to experiment with different mediums, and tools, with quirky shapes, with textures. Sometimes I feel like I want to work on my computer and sometimes I feel like I need to paint, play doing collage or any other thing that I think could be interesting in that moment. At the beginning I thought that this was a weakness, and I thought I should have a consistent style, but then I realized that this is my way of having fun, and having fun is a very important part of my job. I thing that my designs are better when I’m feeling good and having fun. Anyway I think I could say that in general, I love bright colours, quirky shapes, the use of textures and a bit of humour in every illustration.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I love all of them. I love gouache, colour pencils, the computer and all the things you can build there. I like mediums that allow me to create shapes of color. Now I’m experimenting with silk printing and I really love it.
4. What is your artistic process like?
I start always with the idea. First I read the text, or think about the concept and I write different words or I make very quick drawings (really quick, they are more like an outline of sticks) When I have it, I can relax and enjoy the process of sketching, looking for the shapes, colours, and painting the illustration.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I think everything inspires me, music, films, of course other people’s work, what I see on the street, books, people on books, characters, and people on the real life. People inspires me a lot, I love to read biographies of people, of women. I love to think in what other women had achieve with their work and effort, it inspires me a lot.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
I think that art changed the way I view the world from the moment that I decided to enjoy it and letting it be part of my life. From that moment I think they have been always together.
7. Where did you study?
I studied art first of all at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, then I went to Germany two years to study at the Burg Gibichenstein Halle, and then I did an Illustration and Graphic Design course at the Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working as an Illustrator, running my own business, in my studio, as my own boss.
9. What about in ten?
The same, I hope.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
Live well from it, and being proud of myself and my work.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Mmmm I love eating, I like many things. But probably I would say that what I like the most pumpkin seeds and cheese.
12. Favourite book?
It really depends on the moment, I love many things so I’m really bad on telling just one favourite (from anything). Right now I would say that one of my favourite books is How to be a woman, by Caitlin Moran, or How to build a girl. In fact since I read Caitlin Moran I love her, she is so funny.
13. Favourite genre of music?
Very eclectic, not just one genre.
14. What are your hobbies?
Iove to sew, I make my own clothes when I have time, I really have fun designing my clothes and then making it come to reality. I love it. And I love plants, I have a terrace with many plants at home and I love taking care of them.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I don’t know…but maybe not so happy.