TOE Exclusive :: Andres Alfonso Interview


I always had an urge to transmit what I saw around me…

andres alfonsoWhere were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Feb. 1985 in Providence, RI. At the age of 5 I moved to Bogotá, Colombia, since then I’ve been coming to the US back and forth in order to practice the language and get to know the culture. I am currently living in Boston, MA.

Tell us about your education.

I obtained my BA in Graphic Design from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia, although I am a Graphic Designer in paper, I do push towards art as much as possible, I would say my artistic education began at an early age, experimenting, playing around and I always had several art/illustration classes during school.

What is the one book you will regret never having read?

Inward Revolution by Jiddu Krishnamurti but now that you got me thinking about it, I’m probably going to read it.

What is your favorite ingredient?

Black Pepper

How did you get interested in art?

At an early age I found a joy in drawing, I would paint, draw and sketch frequently and I always participated in all artistic events at school doing different things from painting murals to making clay characters. I always had an urge to transmit what I saw around me, I’ve had the chance to travel to different countries, and each one of those places influenced me in a big way, I felt an inspiration from what I got to see and experience. I also get inspired by looking at several different artists and illustrators, forgetting everything I’ve see and creating something unique.

How has your practice evolved over the course of time?

I have become more active, as I got older I started working more and more, experimenting with different mediums and techniques. When traveling to different cities around South America, Europe and the US, I always carry different sketchbooks that I kept updated with reflections and thoughts from each journey, all of them are fuel to my creativity, it definitely shapes my style, there is always a different way to represent each place, they all have their own colors, shapes, people, animals, food, air, weather, etc.

What do you consider to be your greatest success?

Being able to do something I love for a living, is not really work when you have fun doing it.
Becoming more efficient transmitting a message through my work.

If you could ask yourself one question, what would it be and how would you answer?

When are you planning your next trip?

Hopefully soon.


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If interested in procuring any of his artwork/t-shirts/cards/posters, visit his online stores here and here.

April 24, 2009 9:39 am

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