Representing Moscow, Russia, we give you this talented muralist and graffiti artist - Konstantin Zmogk. He has been involved in the art industry since 1997. It was the hip-hop culture in that era that helped him realized his calling in making graffitis on the walls. His message deals with self-expression, being who you are and not being afraid of whatever it is that people say about you.
This man has been making art since he was 3 years old and to this day, he is still sharing his passion and art to the world. Prepare to get to know more about this amazing visual artist as you read our interview with him below.
An Interview with Konstantin Zmogk
What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
It was 1992 when i fall in love with hip-hop culture, I created my first graffiti piece in summer 1997 or 1998. Meanwhile i drew all my life since the age of 3, so it's quite natural that having become involved in hip-hop culture in the early 90's, I became a graffiti writer later. :)
What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
I try to share my mood and emotions via color palette of my artworks in monumental works and works on canvas. I often tell a story that is fictitious or based on my own experience. Almost always the viewer can interpret the picture in different ways, perceive through the prism of his experience
What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Through creative process I gain an understanding of reality and my place in this world. I am exploring the world around me and analyze my experiences, the impact of emotions I felt at different times.
My works are an intricate interplay of memories and fantasies. They reflect the search for a balance between the intuitive, the subconscious, the radically free initial stage of working on a canvas and the clear, orderly and rational stage of bringing it to completion.
By combining these seemingly opposing approaches, I create geometric compositions, which look chaotic at first glance, built with color and lines, referencing cubism, expressionism, and fauvism. These compositions are narrative experiments with frequent incorporations of recognizable images: faces, landscapes, etc. They can be perceived and felt individually, often in a most unexpected and personal way.
What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?
Work harder and be open minded to the world )
In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
I would like to create more murals in the world, there are ideas of working in new techniques and with other materials that
What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Be lazy and content with what has been achieved.
What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Yes, it's happens from time to time ☺ sometimes you just need a rest, during this period of time i travel, read books etc., another way is just kick yourself and start to draw. Yes, it's hard, i tell you as the person who had passed this many times :) But the most hardest part is to start!
What most often inspires your work?
Music, travel and for sure my wife support.
What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
To be an artist.
What is the best part about creating art?
The fresh idea and final touches… hmm, meanwhile the process of creating art is so exciting.
I get a huge charge of energy while drawing, for example while painting large scale murals.
What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Emotional spike and a clear understanding of the goal.
If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Franz Kline, Hieronymus Bosch.
What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
I'd like to learn languages: french, spanish and chinese :) and many others later
Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
One masterpiece. It's the chalenge. I always try to move forward and develop.
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