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Urban Collectors

Name: ina valentinova

Crew: often i work with new different people

Location: i do travel a lot, but i come from bulgaria – a country with amazing nature and weird political system

Active since: i try to be active all the time

Favorite surface/medium: walls in little villages in the mountain; all kinds of paint and colours

Personal motivation: love (in all its aspects) is of great importance – i try to make it a main topic in my work. if all people in the world share love, we will have no political or economical problems, no borders, no fears, no illnesses.

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Q: How long are you into street art/illustration? Give me little background of your starts.

Well, I guess I was an active teenager – doing street art and organizing ecological protests. In my country, a lot of the architecture consists of huge gray post-communistic blocks, so If you have any artistic potential you just cannot resist NOT to react and act.

Q: How did you learn the drawing skills? Do you have formal art training?

When I was 9 years old I started making little reproductions of works of Hieronymus Bosch, my parents had a little booklet with his paintings from Museo del Prado. Ever since, I’ve always been drawing, it’s a way for me to communicate with the world around me. I think all people can create art if they feel like doing it, as Beuys says we all have this creative light inside. For this reason, I do not think that art can be learned in schools or academies, maybe these institutions can help you to explore some technique. If you are open to feel and react to your surroundings, you are sensitive enough to become a creator. I felt really sad that I had to make the choice to stop doing Naïve/Outsider art and go into an art academy. Happily, I studied for a while Fine arts in a very liberal-minded art academy called Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands. Now I’m a student in the National academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Q: How would you describe your style?

People call it trippy and creepy, but kids like it. I would describe it as colorful, emotional and intentional naïve.

Q: Is there any particular message that people should read from your art?

I just want to make people feel happy and to be good to one another.

Q: What’s your favorite medium to work with?

Acrylic paint and aquarelle.

Q: You love to travel and paint. How much does the current place you live helps you to get inspired? Where do you feel most comfortable?

While I lived in the Netherlands I really missed that there were no problems in this country! Of course there were some but definitely not as intense as in Eastern Europe. I am used that in Bulgaria you have some new crazy political conflict almost every day. What I didn’t expect was that I actually enjoy that here. I think gray, poor, sad, miserable environment gives me a lot as an artist. But also nature is amazing here and I find a lot inspiration in it. I love travelling because I think all countries are amazing and the more you travel, the more you know so the better art you do.

Q: As an (female) artist, what are some of your greatest challenges or obstacles you face?

Haha in the beginning, somehow I appeared to be a big pain in the ass for some of the boys spraying. A girl working mainly with paint and never doing anything close to realism or with shadows means she should not have any wall for herself. So most of my first works were crossed on the next day. That’s also a reason why I stopped doing murals for a while – because I don’t like hate, it’s really opposite to my concept of life and artwork. Now I think, love is a feeling much higher as a vibration from hate, anger and fear which come from the lack of love. So I keep on making bigger and bigger facades.

Another thing is that I want too much from myself. For example, I put a lot of pressure on myself now while illustration a book about the story of two children refugees. These children and their story are so important to me that I never feel that my artworks are good enough. This sometimes stops me from creating. Another thing is that in such a poor country you never have money for materials and rarely somebody will buy your work especially if you are a young artist, but this can also be a positive challenge for your creativity.

Q: What are some of your interesting experiences ?

Sometimes when I make street art in smaller cities or villages I see that when I start painting people often get involved. For example, once on the street where I was painting all the people started cleaning-up their houses and painting their fences and doors in bright colours. It’s nice to see that you can make light this spark of happiness and creativity in the people.

Q: What’s your best motivational lesson for the beginners?

Art means total freedom. Just do it. There are no rules or borders, no right and wrong, nobody should judge you. Make love and do art.

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