How did you start out as an artist? When did you start painting?

I started painting graffiti when I was 12 years old. When I was 18 I went to university and I studied Fine Arts, almost accidentally. I understood there what art was and I started doing my own.

Your art features the dichotomy of monochrome and vivid color spectrums, as well the concept of 'kinetic art' which features movement and depth. What is your process when it comes to discovering fresh new ideas for your art?

I’ve always loved the kinetic artists since I discovered them. That’s obviously a major influence in my work. But I also get inspiration from things that I see everyday, like my own computer. I am a very active art consumer, so contemporary art, graffiti, music, influence me daily.

What music are you listening to right now?

Pablo Und Destruction

Have any major experiences or individuals influenced you as an artist?

I recently had the opportunity to meeting one of my favorite artists of all times, master Carlos Cruz-Diez. I was invited to produce work in his studio in Panama, and this has definitely changed my vision and my way or producing work. I understood the importance of working as a team in order to be able to face bigger projects. 

You've painted graffiti, murals, bridges, boats, and have exhibitions in galleries. Now you experiment with stereographic projection in your upcoming series; If you had no limitations what other experiments do you see yourself trying out?

During this experience in Panama I met Rosendo Merel. We worked on a VR project, and my goal for next year is to produce a big piece in this dimension. 

Looking towards the future, are you excited about any innovations in art or technology?

Very much! Everything is changing really quickly and that’s exciting. We can’t predict what’s gonna happen in the next 10 years as the growth now is exponential because everyone has access to information and it can easily be shared. 



June 22, 2016 — Ray Yamamoto