Remed. Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.
The Straigh-Up series by Juan Barte are part of his long term series “Live Forever”; A soul-searching project exploring the path of art through some of Madrid’s art scene key individuals. Follow Barte’s Live Forever progress on Instagram @Juan.barte.
Street artist Remed opened his studio to Formidable Magazine.
Formidable. What was your first creative drive?
Remed. Ahhh, I don’t even remember, so long ago…
F. What gets you to do art these days?
R. It’s not a drive, it’s a choice, a direction. The creative drive is inside us all, but I choose to follow it.
F. Inspirational artists?
R. My concepts come from my environment, my experiences, who I am. Form comes from the masters of Cubism: Picasso, léger, Matisse, Modigliani. Typography, Asian caligrafy and Brute Art.
F. How would you define your work?
R. It’s a mix between mathematics and soul. I simplify to the max, to be universal. In any case is always sincere.
F. What film is your life like?
R. It’s not been done yet (laughs).
F. Is there a particular experience that marked your career as an artist?
R. There are three events. When I opened a Modigliani book for the first time, it really touched me. When I visited my friend’s Nadjib home in Morocco, his dad is an artist and the house was packed with paintings. And when in Marrakesh my friend asked me what I wanted to do in life.
F. How is a day on the life of Remed?
R. My days are very simple. I wake up in the morning with an open attitude to whatever the day may bring.
F. Best night out?
R. It’d include playing ping-pong with friends and beer, go to a bar to meet some more friends, a talk about life, rapping free style in the street, seduction and sex.
F. Worse night out?
R. Being sick and sad at the same time.
F. What do you love about Madrid?
R. Its streets. Madrid has the perfect balance between freedom and security.
F. What do you hate about Madrid?
R. I miss the ocean… and the music scene could be better.
F. Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?
R. To be willing to loose time, to give things a chance. In Gambia they hqve this greeting, when you meet some one you go Where are you? And the answer is I’m here. This is it to be here.
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