Dark, confrontational faces smeared in rage and grace, Oscar Nin crawls into your head at night uninvited planting images in your dreams. Nightmare? Truth under the thin, conventional veneer of civilization? Or just the beautiful twisted images from one man’s brain. Whatever you feel when you see the paintings of Oscar Nin, you will feel. PotatoMike has been loving his painting for sometime now. So when we had the chance to ask him a few questions, we could hardly keep our keyboard from melting down with excitement. PotatoMike submits for your approval, the work and words of Oscar Nin.
What inspired you became an artist?
When I was 10 years old here in Spain all the kids at my school started to collect photocopies of Dragon Ball, a manga comic by Akira Toriyama. In the beginning I also started to collect it, but I wanted to go further. I wanted to draw like him. I started to trace the photocopies a lot, and then I started to change some parts of the drawing–and finally learned to draw.
My family didn’t have any financial resources and I simply wanted to be like Akira Toriyama, someone who make a living of his drawings. And I reached it (but with my paintings).
Who is the artist or person (past or present) that you admire the most?
I only can mention Akira Toriyama, who has a strong impact in me when I was a kid. But there´s two more persons that over time have had a strong impact on me. It´s not only admiration, I owe them for changing my life forever. (ED: Befitting of his mysterious ways, he did not ever tell us who they were.)
Anyway there´s a lot of other artists on the web like Kwang Ho Shin and Kim Byungkwan which admire and respect. I´m a big fan of South Korean artists, I even collect their art.
What are you trying to communicate through your art?
I try to communicate the world through my own prism. Also I want the painting says to the viewer: Hey, it´s me!
What is the most common element that can be seen in your art?
The human figure. Other times the color black, and more recently, circles. But above all, there’s a human or an anthropomorphic figure.
What would you like a viewer of your work to take away?
I would like my paintings has the same impact that Akira Toriyama had to me. Life changing. Look closely. Take it all in. And it just might change your life. Oscar Nin sure hopes so. And so does PotatoMike.