For this artist, finding a voice and a place in the art community is important…
After starting freelancing four years ago Rafael Sarmento decided to “get serious” with illustration and use his professional work to “explore his inner creative urges.”
Right now the artist is on the cusp of something interesting. His art defies a style. Neither illustrative nor fantasy, it feels like a work in progress of some larger, broader piece. “It’s like a perpetual motion machine, whose rhythm is getting faster as the time passes, and it creates the impulses that makes me paint,” says Rafael.
“I’m always looking ahead, foreseeing what I want or need to achieve in the future. The goal is to move into a more undefined area at some point – somewhere between figurative and abstract imagery.”
Helping this journey is the wider art community that Rafael believes is vital to exploring his art. “We’ll always be related to this ongoing cause, underneath the trends and revolutions in the art world,” he says.
It’s a question of acceptance on a broader level, and Rafael doesn’t envisage his art being popular, “which honestly doesn’t matter,” he says, “as long as I find the niches that welcome me and my work as something valid.”
With a growing fan base, Rafael is certainly on track to find his place in the art world.
Artist tip Be open to fresh Possibilities
“I’m guided by feelings, so I keep the painting process open to improvisation, from the initial pencil doodle, to the very last stroke on the canvas.”