Interview: Rafael Araujo

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Name: Rafael Araujo

Where do you live: I live in Caracas, Venezuela

Known for: Being a graphic artist.

Currently working as: Graphic artist.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
At twenty. Began in earnest at forty.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
Madrid. Have a studio there and the people are very nice.

How would you describe your creativity?
As a very laborious one.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
I was sure that architecture wasn’t a profitable career (for me) and always was good as a draftsman. At forty I decided to prove the market – I placed a canvas in a gallery’s showcase. From there it’s been a nonstop job and a good one.

What do you do at the moment?
I paint (draw) nonstop and am about to publish a coloring book, “The Golden Ratio Coloring Book”.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
To begin ASAP.

Tell us how it all started.
Never expecting to make a living from it. At twenty I was just a passionate devotee of perspective drawings and then I discovered MC Escher’s works. It was, literally, mind blowing, and from there I’ve been drawing them myself until now.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
A big enough drafting board and a sink.

What is your favorite film?
The Sound of Music.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
My wife. I’d be killed if I say otherwise.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
Reading.

What is luxury for you?
Privacy.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
Master. A few times so far.

What do you fear most?
Ignorance.

What is a happy life to you?
A working life.

What does a regular day look like for you?
Early riser. Working the whole day till late in the night.

Tell us about your dream project.
A Golden Ratio Coloring book!

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
Escher, Gödel & Bach.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
A “Calculated Art”.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
Absolute Neuro-Motor control.

What inspires you?
Mother Nature.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
The thousand and one nights for adults.

Follow Rafael on Twitter and Instagram & like his Fan page on Facebook
Subscribe to his YouTube Channel
Check out his website and order prints over here and here
Also, do check out his Kickstarter project & send him an email right here

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