Rafael Sar­mento

For this artist, find­ing a voice and a place in the art com­mu­nity is im­por­tant…

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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.”

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