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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!

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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. 

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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 Jul 2020 · neubau eyewear
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