Where are you from and where do you live?
I am originally from Santiago (Chile) but I am currently living in London. Before here, I spent two years in the United States, while I was studying my Masters degree.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from nature, folk culture, literature, as well as magic realism, a genre where the supernatural becomes an everyday occurrence in the storytelling process.
Who inspires you?
There are four artists who have stuck with me over time: Kiki Smith, Violeta Parra, Tove Jansson and Henri Matisse. The versatility in their practices is something to learn from.
How would you define your style?
My work is figurative and narrative. My illustrations are characterized by flat colors, as well as the simplification of forms. However, I like to combine this language with detailed surfaces to establish different hierarchies in the compositions.
What did you study?
I studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Chile, which was very focused on visual arts. After a while, I decided to learn more about illustration so, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, I recently finished my Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (USA).
What materials do you use?
I mostly work with watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and pencil on paper.
What is your favorite thing about illustration?
I’ve always loved the idea of telling stories or communicate with images. It is something that transcends languages and it is very primal for humankind. Also, I love that every time that I start an illustration, whether it’s for a client or a personal work, is a complete new challenge. Every day is different and exciting, which is a gift in today’s world.
Can I interview you for my blog/magazine?
Yes! If the questions you have are different form the ones you see here, please send me an email.
What advice can you give to other illustrators?
Get up early, work as hard as you can, be persistent and have fun. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, because you will learn from them. And share what you know with others. Generosity is the key.
What’s your ideal workspace? Is that your current studio?
My ideal workspace should be a room dedicated solely to my practice, but I like having it at home, since they’re not separate areas for me. Also, my studio should have natural light, good music, art materials and books that inspire me. I have had that kind of space in the past, but now I am living in London so I can’t afford a big place.
Do you take private commissions?
Yes, if I have the time, I will happily take private commissions! If you are interested, please e-mail me specific guidelines, and check availability.
Coffee or tea?
I drink tea in the morning, when I woke up, and later in the evening. But coffee is essential in my creative routine, especially during the morning.