EK Interview: Matei Apostolescu

Matei Apostolescu was featured on our website in 2010 and it was awesome. His interview is also awesome.

Two awesomes you say? That’s too many awesomes you say? Well you’re wrong. When it comes to beaucoupzero, there are never too many awesomes.

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in 1983 in Bucharest, Romania. I’ve been a freelance illustrator since ’06.

Have you always used so much color or did that develop with time?
I think color was always something I enjoyed, but it was only when I started to go digital that I really started using color on a daily basis so to speak.

What media have you experiment with?
Well I have tried painting, crayon drawing, spray paint, and right now I`m experimenting a lot with polymer clay I’m really attracted to the possibilities of it and I really like the colors it comes in.

What aspects of illustrator and photoshop do you find attractive?
I can`t pinpoint something but I would say it`s the fact that these programs offer limitless options when it comes to creating stuff, and also how easy the work flow is. I`m really excited about the latest PS version as it went 64 bit and I can really work in extremely high resolutions.

art blog - Matei Apostolescu - Empty Kingdom

If you had to describe your art to someone who had never seen it, how would you?
Future freestyle psychedelic art without psychedelics hahah, something along these lines.

What have you learned about yourself from being an artist?
That you have to persevere and be really open to various sources of information, it is the information intake that has the most impact on the creative flow.

If you could speak with yourself at age 15 for 15 minutes, what advice would you give to yourself?
I would advise myself to learn 3d software and also i would advise myself to stay away from certain deals and people hahah.

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Who do you consider among your influences?
Definitely H.R Giger, Peter Elson, M. Chagall, R. Delaunay, also lots of writers have contributed to the themes I approach F. Herbert, Greg Bear, Philip K. Dick, G. Orwell and many more.

How has their influence manifested in your work?
I picked up the sci-fi/future man themes with loads of detail from H.R Giger but the coloring is a direct influence of the crazy early 20th century painters. Sci-fi books have had a major impact on me, so the future is a major theme in my work.

Who are some artists you are currently interested in?
Well they are many. I watch a lot of folks, but the artists from Depthcore are my focus right now, people like K. Singh, J. Maller, Shinybinary, Bart van Leeuwen, Kervin Brisseaux and many more. There are also artists like Archan Nair, Andy Council, Hilary White, that have been producing lots of awesome artwork.

Where do you find the inspiration for your work?
Books are a main provider, but I am also an avid news reader and I`m always on the lookout for pertinent analysis of the current state of the world. I watch a lot of documentaries (various subjects) and I try to keep up to date with the latest in science and tech.

Tell us your artistic process.
It is very fluid, I get an idea and start developing and as I do that I tend to always try to improve it, change it see how it could be taken further and further.I usually start in a media and tend to transfer it to another, I get al ot of ideas this way.

art blog - Matei Apostolescu - Empty Kingdom

http://www.beaucoupzero.com/ ).I will also release some huge glass prints in the near future, and i plan a sticker line and also some ipad/ipod/iphone/laptop skins.

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