Interview with Martin Cantos

@martincantos

Describe yourself in 3 words
Lonesome, dreamer, blue.

Where are you from, where do you live now ?
I’m from Quito, Ecuador. But I have left my heart in many places
and am still figuring out where I truly belong.

When did you decide to become an artist ?
I wouldn’t say I decided it… rather I became aware of it.
I think it has a lot to do with inconformity and curiosity;
it’s either having the thrive to do something about it,
or sitting on my ass to watch life pass by.

Tell us about your technique/creative process.
I enjoy conceptual ambiguity, aesthetical femininity, contrasts and the intimacy created in the moment; all surrounded by the premise of my work about finding myself through others. Thus, being able to create my ideal world. This is often wrapped around a narrative that hopefully creates a social statement, even if it’s implicit. I work by impulse. I’m obsessed with the no-time, the no-gender and the mixed media that postmodernity hands us.

I’m constantly looking myself through other people, places, things, etc, and as they change, my work changes too. It’s my responsibility to redefine many social constructs dynamically and evolve a style around it.

Name three artists that inspire you
Right now Petra Collins, Titanic Sinclair and Marina Diamandis.

What do you think are the qualities that define an artist?
I don’t think I could possibly elaborate on such a broad topic, nor is it my place to do so. I still have a long learning experience on my way. But I do believe it all comes down to the creator, and whatever feels real and genuine for them at that moment. I don’t think anything else should matter… especially on a social media era, with a very loud audience and an over saturated technical market.

How is « Diversity » important in your work ?
I guess in the sense that identity is such a big deal to me. I can’t settle down with one aesthetic and one macro concept for too long. I’m constantly looking myself through other people, places, things, etc, and as they change, my work changes too. It’s my responsibility to redefine many social constructs dynamically and evolve a style around it.

What are your goals as an artist?
Keep knowing places and meeting people whist setting myself free through my creations; come to terms with my actual self in order to keep running the faucet of thoughts in my head and produce a change others might enjoy.

Friedrich Schiller said « Art is the daughter of freedom. » What do you think ?
It can be as liberating as it can be imprisoning, and the line in between is very blurry. Taking the risk is definitely worth it.  

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