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

I´m Omar. I was born and raised in Mexico City, lived there pretty much my whole life eating delicious spicy sweets. I´m an illustrator and animator who is progressively getting more and more into VR and AR developing. Right now I’m living in Barcelona, I moved here about 6 months ago or so. Huge change. I’m still new in the hood. Fun fact: I was living with 14 dogs back in Mexico, I miss them a lot.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Its variable and depends mostly on the medium I’m working on. I do have some constants on what I do though, but I love experimenting and turning the aesthetics wheel into various directions. But, perhaps, I fluctuate in between some kind of poppy surrealistic dish mixed with a subtle but constant influence of comic/cartoonish visuals and a hint of abstract elements. I don´t know. I´ll be forever figuring out the aesthetics of what I do. 🙂

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

3D and digital in general has a super wide range of possibilities, but drawing, in essence, is what i enjoy doing the most, it has always felt so intimate and natural to me.

4. What is your artistic process like?

It´s not always the same and it depends on what I’m working on too. But usually I take time on researching, moodboarding, planning and sketching out the ideas to make sure everything works as smoothly as possible in development (though, smooth means rough in this case).

Some other times I just dive directly into the computer with a simple or vague idea I had already written down somewhere and start tweaking from there. After that, I take a smoke break, always, think about what I’m doing, what possible changes can be done, then tweak again, then I just don’t like it, tweak again, nope, tweak, nope, more tweaking, uncontrolled visual accidents,
ok that looks interesting. Then I spend way too much time being nitpicky, trying to change little stuff around not realizing I´ve already finished.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

The shape of things, dogs, movement, the movement of flies, painting and sculpture, animals, the Internet!, geometry, people´s behavior, light´s behaviour, linguistics, Miro, playfulness, working, colleagues, all the creatives out there doing and working so much, life in general.

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

It plays a confusing role, but I´d like to think that rather than changing perspectives, art has the capability of enhancing them, whatever the idea and/or the purpose.

But on a more personal level, I think art triggered in me certain behaviors, normal animal behaviours that I try to exercise, but I don’t always succeed, things like observing or analyzing my surroundings. Though the more I think
about it, the more I realize that maybe those behaviours could have been triggered by something else, or by life itself. I don’t know, this is what I end up writing when thinking about the purpose of art in my life. At the end of the day, creating images is what I do, and I love doing it even if it rains. 🙂


7. Where did you study?

I studied fine arts at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM)

8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?

Working on my stuff, living with my dogs, collaborating with colleagues, having my own studio, having a company. Or if it´s something I´m related to, working at an agency, why not, maybe I need the experience.

9. What about in ten?

It´s hard to tell. But I do know I want to keep working on my stuff and live with lots of animals.

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

Right now, being able to achieve a proper financial stability through my work is what I hope for.


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

Well, I grew up in Mexico, so I can´t deny my favoritism for Mexican food, all of it, now! I think I need spicy stuff in my body to function properly.

12. Favourite book?

Oh, I can’t do that, so many options, it’s one of those things that shift depending on the context. Though over the years I´ve developed a predilection for latinamerican and hispanic writers such as: Julio Cortazar, Jose Emilio Pacheco, Juan Carlos Onetti, Borges, Mario Benedetti, Augusto Monterroso, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and so many many more.

13. Favourite genre of music?

Campechano, a little bit of everything, bossa nova over here, trova over there, 80´s darky synth, post punk, mexican folk… I used to listen to AFI a lot when I was younger…I still do.

14. What are your hobbies?

Skateboarding, always, all over Barcelona.

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

a dog… wait… what?