name: R9A
surname: —
year of birth: 197x
country: Germany



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by R9A

Q1: When did you start making art?
I started drawing as a kid (like most of us). I’m making “serious art” since the early 90s (as an autodidact).

Q2: What does inspire you?
In the early years I was inspired by Surrealism, Symbolism and many other styles of fine art, but also by music, nature and everyday objects. I really can’t tell what’s my inspiration now, I just start to scribble and see what my subconsciousness wants to tell me.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I was using many techniques and media (airbrush, oil, watercolor, acrylic and so on). A few years ago I started to experiment with digital painting in Photoshop and some other programs. Right now I’m only using free software (like Gimp, MyPaint and Krita).

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Usually I don’t have an idea or concept first. The meaning unfolds while I’m painting. I’d say it’s mainly about personal feelings, but sometimes it’s also criticism of society and mankind in general.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
There is no main color I think. Every color can be nice in the right context. I like black and white though.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Mostly the technique and the impact. I don’t like to use references, but I really should to improve. Additionally I’m always in search of a new unique style.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I only had exhibitions with traditional paintings so far and I hope I can do one with my digital works soon. Besides that I’m working on a picture book for children.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of R9A.
Animal + Human + Alien (or something like that :D)

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE is the oldest drawing I could find. I keep it like a treasure, because it made the first price in a competition of local schools. It’s drawn with pencil and markers on cheap paper. xD I can’t remember anymore what feeling I had and why the bird looks so serious. :’)

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
My work has changed again and again over the years (surrealistic, realistic, abstract and so on). I’m often trying to experiment and to do new things.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It’s both. It is catharsis and therefore it is life, but while the process of painting the outer world is switched off and so it’s escaping as well. I need it to live, that’s for sure.

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