Aitor Saraiba is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, writer, ceramics… Aitor takes a break on his up coming book to talk to Formidable Magazine.

Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.

gafas sobre una mesa de dibujo con ilustraciones de Aitor Saraiba. Glasses on a drawing board with illustrations by Aitor Saraiba.

illustrator Aitor Saraiba at work in his studio. Ilustrador Aitor Saraiba trabajando en su estudio de Madrid.

Ceramics by spanish illustrator Aitor Saraiba. Cremicas dl ilustrador español aitor saraiba.

Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.

Formidable. What was your first creative drive?

Aitor Saraiba. Coming into this world, I believe this is the first creative drive of every human being.

F.M. Is there a defining moment that made you realize art was your thing?

A.S. There was a moment in my life, like in a love affair, that I decided to go for it, I decided I’d do art for good or worse, no matter what the out come.

F.M. Inspirational artists?

A.S. Poets, not only writers, but also those who read and perform poetry. Also music, both poetry and music are my big sources of inspiration. Roberto Bolaño, Nicanor Parra and generally speaking Latin American poets.

F.M. How would you define your work?

A.S. I’d define my work as a life saver, I’d drown without my work.

F.M. What’s in your play list?

A.S. Bathory: Blood fire and death, Metallica: Orion, Leviathan: Summoning Lupine, Burzum: Dunkelheit.

F.M. How is a day in the life of Aitor Saraiba?

A.S. It depends on how sunny or cloudy the day is, or how happy or sad I wake up. I usually don’t have breakfast and go on to work until lunch time. I eat quickly and go back to work until the evening, 6 or 7pm. The life of an artist gets lonely sometimes, but fortunately and I enjoy loneliness.

F.M. Best and worst night out?

A.S. Best night is the night you wish it would never end. Worst night is when you need to sleep but you just can’t.

F.M. What do you love and hate about Madrid?

A.S. Best of Madrid is that a week after you arrive to this city, you already feel you belong here, it doesn’t matter where you are coming from. Worst of Madrid are its politicians.

F.M. Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?

A.S. Poetry, poetry makes life less ordinary.

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