Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.

fotografía de Juan Barte


artista an wei fotografiado por juan abrte

fotografía de Juan Barte


Formidable Magazine. What was your first creative drive?
An Wei. Most probably when I was a small child and I would draw from the magazines my parents lept around their restaurant.

F.M. Is there a defining moment that made you realize art was your thing?
An Wei. The moment I realized this is what I do best.

F.M. How would you define your work?
A.W. Metaphorical and sometimes auto-biographical.

F.M. Inspirational artists?
A.W. I love Zurbaran´s paintings and Passolini´s films.

FM: Did you have a plan for the studio layout, or did it grow organically?
A.W. My studio is the space where I spend all my day, so anything may happen in here, so not at all, I didn’t plan its lay out.

F.M. Would you say your studio setting influences your work?
A.W. Absolutely. Last year I had a very small studio so I made a lot of small pieces. Now, I have a bigger space so I can size up mywork, it’s as ismple as that.

F.M. Is the studio just a place for production or also inspiration is inherent to the studio space?
A.W. To me it’s only a production space because I pick up ideas everywhere, museums, films, clubs… My estudio is the place where I lock myself up and develop all my concepts.

F:M. How is a day in the life of An Wei?
A.W. I wake up and I pick up some food in supermarket in my way to the studio. I spent most of the day here, often times to around 11pm. then I usually go out to grab a beer or I just go home to watch a film.

F.M. Best and worst night out?
A.W. A good nigth out is when everythings goes just fine, and the worst possible nigth is when you are have something planned, but it just won’t happen for some reason. I don’t like to go back home without a “taste of victory”.

F.M. What do you love and hate about Madrid?
A.W. I like almost everything about it, but I hate summers here; nothing to do and way too hot.

F.M. What’s in your play list?
A.W. Johnny Cash, for me, he is the king of kings, Rone also, he is a very talented dj.

F.M. Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?
A.W. Everyday is a constant figth, so let’s make life something fun.

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Fernando I, 2016.

Fortuna, 2016.

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Ícaro, 2014.

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Mr. Xu 2016.

Nacer, producir, morir, 2015.

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Naturaleza viva, 2016.

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Mamanwei & Papanwei, 2015.

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START: street art, 2016.

Batalla de gallos, 2016.