Magda Love [New York City]

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We would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to have this interview with you, and are so happy to have you with us.

Shall we start?

Who’s Magda Love?

Magda Love is a lover of the world. A painter, a dreamer, a hopeless optimistic!

When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in Street Art/graffiti?

My father in Argentina is a sculptor, my mom a crazy creative teacher, I was exposed to arts very early in life. I tried different mediums. I did fashion design, photography, silkscreen print, then it all started to come together doing multi media work. My first murals were like gigantic collages. Its been like three years since my first official wall in the street and I fell in love with it from the beginning. The interaction with the world , with people, with a community. It is a very powerful feeling!

Which artist/s influenced you?

I am very influenced by reality, by nature, by music. I look up to artist for sure too Louise Bourgeois, Bosch, Henri Rousseau, Georgia o Keefe, Frida Kahlo, to name a few.

What style is your work?

I really don’t like to classify my work in styles. I am hoping to be Magda Love style, I am creating a new style, who knows. That’s what I am aiming for.

Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?

I am Argentinean so very much influenced by South American folktales, I have painted in Mexico several times and I am completely blown away by their culture. I grew up reading folktales and myths. I am interested in very different cultures. I have painted a few pieces influenced by Africa. I found very interesting to keep your work open to different influences. What really moves me is the connection that human beings have to their land, their culture and the Universe. We are not so different.

What is the source of your inspiration these days?

Lots of Botanicals, I am obsessed with exotic plants and creating plants that don’t exist. Living in Nyc creating nature on a city is so important, like a gateway to the universe…I am always influenced by love, the quest in finding love, the quest on exploring who you are as a human being and how you connect with other people.

What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?

Mmmm don’t know leaving Buenos Aires to New York at age 21 with only $300 was pretty risky I think…

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Yes usually, but then I always want to change things as well. I think is part of the natural progression. What satisfy me is to believe that my art practice and my proyects are growing.

Do you listen to music while working? Or you need a quite environment?

Both you paint for really really long hours music can be great and silence or birds chirping when available can be even better. It depends of the mood. Music and headphones help me focused when it’s very noisy

Where your work is usually located?

Very different places! I paint all type of walls. Indoors outdoors… I also enjoy painting in my studio.

Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?

No I actually fuel from it!

Have you ever had any problems with authority cause of your work?

Minor issues, thankfully no major issues…

Do you have a formal art education?

Not really, took a few classes here and there!

Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?

I usually paint alone but there’s something really powerful about collaborating with other artists.

Have you every collaborated with other artists?

Yes, it can be great or very stressful

Any specific country in mind you want to go to and do a collaboration?

I always like to travel, everywhere, too many places in mind. Berlin, Tokyo, Egypt and Brazil I am hoping that are sooner than later.

What do you see as the future of Murals / street art / graffiti?

I have been painting murals almost everyday these past two months so not much time to sit and think. I hope to make each piece more powerful, more compelling to the passerby

How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?

I really love them in general, they are the ones that create buzz, support us and make our name grow. It’s an honor that somebody will go out of their way to promote your work.

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