Thursday, January 22, 2009

Interview with David Rosado

q)Please introduce yourself.

a)My name is David Rosado and I´m a Visual Artist.

I was born in Évora, Portugal, May 3rd 1976.

I have a degree in Painting/Multimedia from Universidade de Évora

q)Where do you live and work?

a)I live and work in Lisbon / Portugal.

q)How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?

a)It is a non-linear process.

My day to day resembles the action of closing your eyes with strength and open them in a sudden.

All fuzziness in the beginning but soon black and white spots in the air, moving and flashing constantly.

“Obsessive organization of seemingly unrelated flashes/ideas/notions/spots” is the simplest description of my art.

q)How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?

a)My first self-expression came through music but soon I realized the need of visual arts to fully express myself.

My first song was written in 1995 and my first plastic work (which was a piece of shit!) was produced while at University, in 1999.

I do not know when, if ever, the transition to an Artist occured. I have always felt the daily need to express myself. This is my only concern.

q)What are your favorite art materials and why?

a)I do not have any favourite materials. They are all good to me.

q)What/who influences you most?

a)From Spinal Tap to Cicciolina anyone/anything that generates a provocative though influences me.

q)Describe a typical day of art making for you.

a)My typical day starts at about 8h30, with email reading and a cup of black coffee, listening to Parkway Drive.

From 9:00 to 18h00 all I do is painting and sketching in my atelier. After that I do, at home, research in magazines, books and the internet to be used in the following day.

q)Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?

a)I want to be put alive in a tank of Damien Hirst’s work and swim a bit.

Other than that, I just want to keep painting, doing what I like to do the most in life.

q)What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?

a)My closest links are with the Portuguese contemporary scene and all it’s ramifications, but I follow closely several foreign artist, among which Damien Hirst, Matthew Barney, Maurizio Catelan, Marina Abramovic, Allison Schulnik, Martin C. Herbst, Max Papeschi, Gino De Dominicis.

q)How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?

a)It obviously depends on the piece, but on average slightly less than a week.

q)Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?

a)Yes I do like selling them. What matters to me are the forward steps.

q)Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?

a)Other than my work (Reptile, DarkDave and Prime) I like to listen to Parkway Drive, at the drive in,

Sole, Valient Thorr, Tosca, Kaney West, Most Precious Blood, Mc Santiago, Him, Cradle of Filth, John Zorn,

We are the Damned, Anthrax, Napalm Death, Noyz Narcos, Truceboys, If Lucy Fell, Atreyu, etc…


a)The Flatland, The Winter, De Profundis – Valsa Lenta, A Balada do Subúrbio, “El animal Publico”,etc...

q)What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?

a)I’m inspired by the current overload of information between people and spaces, physical spaces that people fill in society such as their marks in those spaces, making the gap of communication a lot bigger pushing the development of their sociability to a direct confrontation

q)What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?

a)Playing music, doing sports, reading my books and hang out with my friends.

q)Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?

a)Yes sure.

Atlântida Gallery February 5th Vilamoura, Portugal

Voghera11 Gallery February 12th / Roland the Butcher Boy / Reloaded (, Milan, Italy

Voghera11 Gallery February 26th / Porno Star / (, Milan, Italy

Galeria Pedro Serrenho 27th June / (, Lisboa, Portugal

q)Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?

a)Yes I do follow it up.

Flash Art, Art in America, L+Arte, Art Forum, Maca Magazine and several galleries’ websites (such as or )

q)Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

a)Why does white get so dirty? ...

q)Any advice for aspiring artists?

a)Yes, plenty: Work. Work. Work. Work.Work. Work.Work. Work.Work. Work.Work. Work.Work. Work.Work. Work.Work. Work.

q)Where can we see more of your work online?

a)You can see more about my work in the following sites:


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