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We had a quick chat with the futurist pop-art artist Thiago Villas Boas from Brazil

First off, I will like to say I love your work, it is very detailed. How long does it take you to complete a piece?

Well, it depends. First I study, I make the art on paper and then I put it on the scanner … it’s a process that takes about a week, but it also depends a lot on the size of the art.

I’ve always thought that art is something abstract, classified by category. Have you always known that you were going to be a pop-art artist or do you have your own “category” for it?

I’ve drawn professionally for 3 years, in those 3 years it has just been training for what awaits me in the future; I always draw everything into stories I have already created in adolescence. I hope to evolve more and more to prepare myself for the future.

What does art mean to you?

Art, in my opinion, is a way to influence people, change people’s heads. A drawing can be interpreted in a variety of ways, which is fantastic! Work the imagination

When did you realize you had a talent for drawing?

I think since I was 8 years old.

I notice you have been featured in many media publications; At one point did you begin to make your artwork public to different publications? Did you ever have a fear of putting yourself out there?

I think so, at least for now, I live changing the inspirations. My first job for a magazine was last year, and I had the task of remaking the girls that photographer Matthew Comer shot. After that work began to appear, similar proposals to redo photographs in my style, began to emerge. In the majority of the cases, they are women that I do not know, but I like to draw people; it challenges me to portray various physiognomies. I think you have to have concentration, if I’m not focused or determined, [the art] does not go the way I want.

Recently I’ve read some articles that have interviewed some other artists, I realized a peculiarity, in that all of them explain each piece of their art with a sound, a mood, a meal, a piece of music, scenery.. even a feeling. Does it happen to you as well?

My art is moved by music too. Without music, [the art] does not flow sometimes. When I look at an old drawing, the music that played when it was in production, comes to mind exactly

What mood do you usually find yourself in when you begin to start an illustration?

It’s like I stepped into another dimension, it’s like I’m not myself. It’s as if a backrest would get hold of me. I think every artist has a back rest, which guides him in his work, it’s a very subjective atmosphere

To me, your drawings invoke a kind imagery of vintage adverts from the 1950’s thrashed into the 2000’s, How would you describe your artwork?

Some works of mine carry a bit of vintage Yes, especially the posters is a style that I really enjoy exploring as well. And that draws much attention.

Is there a specific message or feeling you want to evoke from people who view your art?

I think the main function is diversity. If you notice my art, it greatly expels that ethnic and cultural diversity. This is fantastic for me to portray the differences because Brazil is a country with great ethnic diversity.

Was there any moment you felt your art was inadequate compared to other illustrators? If so, how did you get yourself out of that mindset?

No, I know several artists and they have always praised what I do. I think every artist works with a specific public, this is normal.

Do you have any goals for showcasing your art?

I want to do exhibitions and get into projects like creating a brand of shirts, that I dream of producing with a style of art very different from what I have done in the past 3 years. It’s something that I think I have never shown and I am keeping it exactly for that.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I hope to travel the world and evolve, meet other artists, and get into projects to explore more my potential.

To close this interview properly, is there any “Thiago Quote” you would like to share with us?

One thing I carry with me is that “the impossible is just a question of opinion.” We can get where we want, it just depends on us!


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