Interview: Dadi Dreucol


Name: Dadi Dreucol

Where do you live: Málaga, Spain.

Known for:
I have been painting in the street since I was 12 years old. Five years ago I started to paint a series named “One life” with some characters designed by myself.

Currently working with:
I am still painting on the streets of different cities around Europe and working on drawings and some conceptual projects as performances or videos.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
My first option was psychology, I studied it during three years. I realised that it was not for me, and I started to study fine arts and also to believe in my qualities.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
Málaga. It’s where my family and friends are. Furthermore it’s almost always sunny, so it’s perfect to work on the street there.

How would you describe your design:
I work with ideas. I’ll try to offer an investigation without final solution. Stories to be reflected about.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
While I was studying my last years on college, I decided to dedicate all my efforts to this. I am 24/7 searching for ideas.

What do you do at the moment?
I am living in Germany, learning as an internship in a gallery ‘cause I got a grant. And I am working on my next solo show in Málaga which will probably travel to another city later.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Read and investigate. Life is too short, do what you think you are good at. Don’t waste your time. It’s a topic but it’s true.

Tell us how it all started.
I started writing my name in the bus seats, in the streets, drawing on the classrooms tables. My family has no artistic traditions. Everything started ‘cause I liked to see names written on walls. Graffiti.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Orderliness, I can’t work without order. I used to copy what I saw in films about artists and they used to be dirties, I realised that it doesn’t work for me.

What is your favorite film?
I am not able to decide only one, I am so influenced by cinema. I like a lot of directors like Bergman, Lynch, Truffaut, Buñuel, Greenaway…

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Any of my friends, they know my jokes!

How do you like to spoil yourself?
Being alone on my room. Reading, watching films, drawing… Nothing special.

What is luxury for you?
To live. Life is amazing, I am always surprised about each thing.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your design, and from whom?
I like when people on the street ask me about the sense of my works. I don’t want that they say “it’s beautiful”, I prefer that they ask themselves what and why.

What do you fear most?
Specifically illness, not death. Anything that does not allow me to live and work normally.

What is a happy life to you?
Just a healthy life. With friends and with a job I like to do.

What does a regular day look like for you?
I use to be alone during the week, working on my projects at home or on the streets.

Tell us about your dream project.
I don’t think about it. My dream project is my next project. Trying to do the best.

Who is your favorite artist?
I can’t answer this question. Totally impossible. Possibly I find on some movie directors the things I am really looking for my projects, that’s sensations and reflections.

How would you describe your style?
I don’t know. Maybe it’s a kind of narrative paintings, narrative compositions because it’s not only about paint and draw – it’s about ideas.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?

What inspires you?
Life, day to day, people, art, mystery – a lot of things. The question would be “what does not inspire me?”

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
Each one I read. I used to read oriental literature when I was a teenager, later I started with European philosophy: Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer; a lot of art theory, classic novels, and now I am starting with poetry, I’m totally in love with Rilke for example. And of course comic books.

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