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

My name is Fanny Pápay, I currently live and work in Budapest. Since I’ve known my mind, I have been involved in art.

It’s probably not surprising, both of my parents work as graphic designers since my whole childhood. It has made a big impact on me. I saw my mom paint a lot when I was a kid and I really liked it, I wanted to do it too. So I started going to drawing school at the age of 7 and from there, the road to the graphic arts track was straight.

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My aesthetics are characterized by surrealism both in terms of content and visually.

I like to portray astonishing pairs with clean shapes and bold colors. I really like to use special materials, something that probably can’t be found in nature in that form. That’s why I love creating a composition in 3d, It’s like creating a whole new world.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I don’t really have a favorite medium, but I’m sure I prefer projects that appear in the physical form later, such as molino or as a magazine or album cover.

4. What is your artistic process like?

It depends on the task, but typically when I get the briefing then I sit down with a paper and pencil or my laptop and I start sketching and thinking. When I have some strong ideas, I start surfing on the net to get some inspiration. But I don’t usually draw a line until I have 2-3 good ideas. A good concept is the most important part of the job.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

It depends on the task, but typically when I get the briefing then I sit down with a paper and pencil or my laptop and I start sketching and thinking. When I have some strong ideas, I start surfing on the net to get some inspiration. But I don’t usually draw a line until I have 2-3 good ideas. A good concept is the most important part of the job.

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

This would be very difficult to determine. My first thought about this is more of a private nature like all my friends are designers and I surround myself more or less only with people who belong to art in some way.

7. Where did you study?

I studied at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, majoring in graphics.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I definitely plan to move abroad, somewhere in a Mediterranean place. Also, my work is totally non-stationary, so I wanna travel a lot working a lot with different people all over the world.

9. What about in ten?

Hopefully, in 10 years I will have a family so maybe I want a slightly more stable situation around me, but I never want a so-called normal life. I’m addicted to excitement and getting to know new people. Maybe I’ll have a studio by then or a brand I’m starting. We will see.

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

I have two basic motivations in creation. One is clearly self-expression, through my creations I can most visually display my way of thinking, so it’s a great pleasure if someone appreciates my work. The other important thing is to inspire others through our work. I always thought it could be a measure of artwork on how much it inspires others. To create something that can evoke thought in others is a wonderful feeling.

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

I spent a lot of time as a child at my grandparent’s house in Slovakia, whose national dish is Strapacska, so probably this Slovakian food is my fav. But I love French gastronomy as well. Also, I really love to cook and experimenting with food.

12. Favourite book?

I read a lot of things at once in general. I could not single out one. I’m constantly on the hunt for a good book.

13. Favourite genre of music? 

I’m addicted to music, very hard. I listen to music from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to bed, music is a really big part of my life.

I have my favourite musicians like: Toro Y Moi, Chanel Tres, Aaron Childs, Kaytranada and I could continue the row endlessly.

14. What are your hobbies? 

I think I don’t really have any, I’m a person who goes everywhere, I love traveling and making programs. My hobby is my work, luckily, so when I’m not working I do everything else.

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

I’ve thought about this a lot before, but I always punch out to deal with something about music, maybe sound designer or dj haha.