Non Convencional

Nicolas Santiñaque is a photographer and visual artist from Argentina. We present a short series of collages inspired by different animals he did in this editorial with clothing brand couture Juan Hernandez Daels.

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How did you start as an artist?

My parents were never very close to arts, so my approaching was in my youth in the hard core/punk scene of Mar del Plata, a coast city where I was born in Argentina. At that time I discovered the DIY and underground gigs, were I use to take some pictures and strongly participate. It was when I started to create my firsts fanzines, duty I still do under the name of WAR, were you can find the work of a lot of artists all over the world that I admire, and that I invite to join me.

I don’t fancy the words “art” or “artist”. A few years ago I started with my friends a collective called COCO, where photographers, designers, musicians and ping pong players made lots of very fun actions. Last year we had the opportunity to show our work at a gallery in Buenos Aires, instead of hanging photos, paintings, etc, we transformed the hall into a basketball court, so visitors could play and interact with each other, but after a day of the showing, the owners of the place shut it down because of a “collapse danger” thing, a total success.

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Whats your main inspiration?

My inspiration comes from my friends, the things that happen to me every day and that make my brain shoot some ideas, the fun ones. I think a good idea is the essential base for making anything possible.

How does you visual art help you to express yourself?

I like what I do and I’m lucky to do it for a living. When I’m preparing something, I try to find the way of satisfying 100% my expectations, I find it really hard to do something that doesn’t represent myself and sometimes it’s a good idea to say NO.

Whats your favorite color and shape?

Every color under the midday sunlight, I think that the shadows and angles that show up at that part of the day are my favorites.

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How do you pick your models?

I particularly like models with non convencional faces, that know how to move, have attitude and a ludic spirit. I’m not a huge fan of directing them too much, I prefer things to flow naturally. I usually don’t have that info, but I’m pretty intuitive.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished a collage number for Juan Hernandez Daels couture, were I had the pleasure of working with Zoe Trilnick Farji and the result was great. Right now I’m planning some new fashion productions, working on a collage serie for Cynar drinks. It’s a brand I’m very comfortable working with, they let me go with all my ideas and have total freedom to make what I feel. That a brand trusts you and your work when your ideas aren’t so conventional is something I appreciate a lot.

http://instagram.com/santinaque

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