In con­ver­sa­ti­on with col­laging artist María Syl­via Llamozas

Maria Sylvia Llamozas is a collaging artist from Venezuela, now living in Barcelona and started creating collages because of how collages can convey a message through a single image created from very different segments.

What stran­ge times we’­re cur­r­ent­ly living in with the social distancing rules in place and ever­y­bo­dy being stuck at home away from their friends and fami­ly. Becau­se right now you should find the balan­ce, sur­round yourself with posi­ti­vi­ty, and perhaps dis­co­ver new hob­bies for yourself. Abo­ve all, it was important for us to crea­te the pos­si­bi­li­ty to give the neu­bau com­mu­ni­ty a plat­form to come tog­e­ther when ever­y­day life seems too stress­ful. In a small art seri­es, three enchan­ting and upri­sing artists have taken the time to incor­po­ra­te our new Côte du Soleil Collec­tion into their work and crea­ted extra­or­di­na­ry pie­ces of art.The first artist we want you to get to know is Maria Syl­via Llamozas.

In order to allow you guys to get to know Maria a bit more, we asked her a few of some of your top ques­ti­ons!
Maria Syl­via Lla­mo­zas is a col­laging artist from Vene­zue­la, now living in Bar­ce­lo­na and star­ted crea­ting col­la­ges becau­se of how col­la­ges can con­vey a mes­sa­ge through a sin­gle image crea­ted from very dif­fe­rent segments.

Her favou­rite style is crea­ting wide ran­ges of col­la­ges using scis­sors, from Mickey Mou­se pop cul­tu­re the­mes to image­ry used from vin­ta­ge adver­ti­se­ments. In doing so she has built a glo­bal fol­lowing across social media, who she loves to teach new skills to via DIY clips that she uploads. 

What are your tips to get dis­trac­ted during this spe­cial” time? What do you do while social distancing?

I’m qui­te lucky in the sen­se that being a free­lan­cer I work from home, so the adap­t­ati­on pro­cess has been easy for me. I do seem to be doing lots more coo­king and clea­ning than ever befo­re howe­ver!
I find that having a morning rou­ti­ne allows me to keep a posi­ti­ve mind­set and a clear visi­on for the day ahead. I usual­ly start off by medi­ta­ting and doing some yoga. I’ll then have some bre­ak­fast and take my dog for a walk.
I’ve had lots of extra time to work on my col­la­ge pro­jects and tap­ping into online clas­ses. I’ve also been able to help my pho­to­gra­pher hus­band in crea­ti­ve pho­to­shoots which has been fun.
I keep in touch with friends and fami­ly online as much as pos­si­ble, to keep me posi­ti­ve and hap­py. When the bore­dom even­tual­ly kicks in, I’ll find a good seri­es or movie to get stuck into and I always have my dog to play with and keep me enter­tai­ned too!


What is your big­gest inspi­ra­ti­on? What was your big­gest inspi­ra­ti­on when you star­ted?

Cur­r­ent­ly, my big­gest source of inspi­ra­ti­on is gra­ti­tu­de for being able to do what I love. This gives me the fuel and dri­ve I need to con­ti­nue my work and to set mys­elf goals so that I can con­ti­nue on this path. 

Back when I first star­ted doing col­la­ges, my big­gest inspi­ra­ti­on was making an impres­si­on through my work. I am a jour­na­list by pro­fes­si­on and I love how col­la­ges can con­vey a mes­sa­ge through a sin­gle image. But it is true that today we are over­ex­po­sed to images and crea­ting some­thing that would catch someone’s atten­ti­on whe­ther they lik­ed it or not was some­thing that real­ly inspi­red me to crea­te and learn more about this medium. 

What is art for you?

For me, art is expres­si­on. It’s a mani­fes­ta­ti­on of an idea or emo­ti­on. But for me, it’s also a source of inspi­ra­ti­on. It allows me to con­nect with other artists through their work, and allows me to see the world through dif­fe­rent per­spec­ti­ves. Art is a way of tra­vel­ling through shape and color.

What are your tips for an art new­bie to get star­ted and how would you recom­mend to pro­mo­te your art? Which chan­nels are you using? 

Work, work, work! It’s the best way to crea­te a port­fo­lio, to get bet­ter at what you do, and to deve­lop a per­so­nal style. Some­ti­mes it is tough crea­ting without a pur­po­se, so for this, I always recom­mend making up pro­jects of things you would love to work with! Want to work with a brand? Find any local brand or a friend that you can crea­te a pro­ject with to show your skills, and keep going from the­re.
Insta­gram has defi­ni­te­ly been the best chan­nel for me to crea­te a com­mu­ni­ty, dis­co­ver new artists, con­nect with art direc­tors and dif­fe­rent brands for my pro­jects. Having a port­fo­lio on a web­site or a Behan­ce pro­fi­le is also gre­at when peop­le want to see more of your work than just your Insta­gram feed. 


Do you have tips to inte­gra­te sus­tainab­le pie­ces into your work? 

Making col­la­ges is all about repur­po­sing and giving things a second life as an art­work, and I love how sus­tainab­le that is. From maga­zi­nes to news­pa­pers to pho­to­graphs, you can inclu­de near enough anything into a col­la­ge. Even plants or tra­vel tickets, the opti­ons real­ly are end­less. It’s one of the main things that fasci­na­tes me about this medium.

If you had to choo­se 3 colors to paint with for the rest of your life, which would you choo­se and why?

I love black and white, but peop­le do argue as to whe­ther or not they are actu­al colours or not. So the three I’d choo­se would be red, yel­low and blue.
The­se colors are ama­zing on their own but becau­se they are pri­ma­ry colours, I can com­bi­ne them to crea­te lots of dif­fe­rent colours too.

Which comments do you hear the most, when you tell peop­le that you are an artist?

I think that the first ques­ti­on I usual­ly get is if they can see some of my crea­ti­ons. After this, some peop­le like to share their crea­ti­ons with me and a dis­cus­sion around inspi­ra­ti­on is star­ted. A lot of peop­le tell me that I’m very crea­ti­ve and that they could never do some­thing like that, which I always find sho­cking becau­se yes you can! 

You don’t real­ly need more skills than knowing how to cut in order to crea­te a col­la­ge. Also in my expe­ri­ence from tea­ching peop­le, they get hoo­ked once they dis­co­ver all of the dif­fe­rent pos­si­bi­li­ties and varia­ti­ons of col­la­ge, so I always encou­ra­ge peop­le to try it for them­sel­ves befo­re assuming they’d be no good at it. 

Would you rather have din­ner with Bob Ross or Pablo Picasso?

I’d defi­ni­te­ly choo­se Picas­so in a heart­beat. He has always been an important refe­rence for me and he is one of the gre­at pioneers of col­la­ge art. He lived for many years in Bar­ce­lo­na whe­re I cur­r­ent­ly live. I can ima­gi­ne tal­king to him about his favou­rite things to do in the city, about the pro­cess that he uses and his inspi­ra­ti­on. I think I’d love hea­ring sto­ries from the ama­zing times that he lived in.
Find Maria on Insta­gram: @iallamozas

09 Juli 2020 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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