WG: On what is your art mainly based? How would you describe it?
ER: I can say that, in my art, my biggest influences have been classic graffiti, underground comics, and psychedelic culture. They have given me a stylistic visual file on which I then created my own style and my way of capturing my works. I always try to find inspiration in what surrounds me and what I live in each day, analyzing the reality and what it transmits to me and then converting it into what I want. I like to use saturated colors and strong contrasts, and fill empty spaces with psychedelic patterns and many mini-details.
I am a precursor of Horror Vacui. I’m bothered by the emptiness so I can not stand things all of one color. I think it’s something i took from the world of graffiti … the empty walls or all gray always seemed very sad and dead and just seeing them I always had a natural desire to paint them and give them life, to end their sadness.
Lately, I am having a lot of contact with young children, and this is leading me to use children’s forms and creatures in my works and, in many occasions, I literally copy graphic signs that I see children drawings and then use them in my compositions. I love the freedom and naturalness with which they act when painting or drawing.I don’t really know how to describe my artwork but the only time i liked it was when a USA street art blog defined it as “Children Friendly Psychedelic Drawings”.
WG: What do you think about involving religion in art?
ER: I am totally atheist and never followed any religion, even though I believe in a certain spirituality at an energetic level and I feel a certain attraction for magic in general. I believe that art can help you energetically to solve problems and tasks of your life. It is a daily practice that takes you in a space without reality or time. At the time of painting or drawing I end up in a state of pseudo trance and what is around me disappears as if by magic; all my worries, paranoia and sorrows are behind … it is the only thing in my life that gives me this feeling; apart sex I think.
More than religion I would speak of magic, art itself is magic.