Artist Paul Fuentes puts ordinary stuff into not so ordinary situations.
The energy of graphic designer Paul Fuentes’ pieces are eclectic! By staging everyday objects into thought-provoking and colourful compositions, the Mexican-city based artist combines his talents of design with photography, bringing bright mashups that are laced with humorous senses of mischief. Fuentes takes random, common objects (high heels, donuts, snakes) and splashes them with a contemporary perspective — alongside pastel-coloured backgrounds that give life to his creamy, minimal depictions of pop art. An Instagram favourite, we chatted with the talented creator on the inspirations behind his eye-catching work that can’t help but make everyone smile.
AS YOU BEGIN THIS INTERVIEW, WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT STATE OF MIND?
[Laughs] I don’t know… I look at myself with another perspective when I give interviews.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND?
I’m a graphic designer born and raised in Mexico City, and still living and working here. I’m 27, almost 28, and I work in a social magazine as the editorial designer. I’m a musician as well. These days I’m looking for opportunities for work in Europe, I’m giving interviews and working on some interesting projects.
IN YOUR PROMINENT WORK, CONSISTING OF EVERYDAY OBJECTS PORTRAYED VIA SURREAL, BRIGHT COMPOSITIONS, THE SENSE OF MODERN POP ART IS EXCITING AND EVER SO PRESENT! AND WE’RE SO AMAZED!! IS THERE ANY IMPLICATION BEHIND YOUR IDEAS IN TERMS OF TODAY’S MODERN OBSESSION WITH MASS PRODUCTION AND INSTANT GRATIFICATION AND HOW THIS AFFECTS OUR VIEWPOINTS ON DAILY SOCIETY?
I simply believe that many people formulate their goals in life through acquiring goods. I don´t pretend to change the world, I just make fun of Pop Art and consumerism in a colorfully aesthetic way. I think we are losing our ability/the power of surprise.
YOU’VE MENTIONED THAT, YOU WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE HOW CREATIVE THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE AND MAKE THEM SMILE. WE LOVE THE LEVITY AND GOOD-WILLED HUMOR! DO YOU ALWAYS LOOK FOR THAT ANGLE IN A COMPOSITION? OR RATHER, WHAT IS YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WORKING ON A NEW PIECE? YOU MUST BE CONSTANTLY INSPIRED!
I always choose humor, even the basic needs of a human being, like eating, it needs to have humor — and I try to get people to smile with stupid things such as candies or ice creams, makes me laugh… I love the idea of telling a joke without words.
AS AN ARTIST, ASPECTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN INCLUDED, WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN THAT REALLY STANDS OUT IN YOUR HEAD?
My advice would be to tell the artist that is starting to have patience. People want to have their own style since day one, but what actually happens is that style comes to you with a big process that never ends. You need to have mistakes, open your mind, practice and see a lot of stuff.
IN THE CELEBRATION OF MASHUPS, WHAT IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION PROJECT? (WITH AN ARTIST, BRAND, MUSICIAN, ANIMAL? ANYTHING!)?
I’m really open with this, so I don’t have a specific target to work with. Of course, to work with the best, and learn how mass productions work. But if I can name one right now, it would be… artist: David LaChapelle. brand: Lacoste. musician: Chromeo. animal: Alligator.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE OBJECT YOU OWN IN YOUR HOME? WHY?
My piano. It’s where I get rid of the creativity blocks and get a connection with my source of inspiration that’s in heaven.
IF YOU COULD JUMP INTO A SCREEN AND LIVE INSIDE ANY FILM, WHAT FILM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
I guess it would be Interstellar or Donnie Darko. Love the time-travel thrillers.
WHAT’S YOUR LIFE MOTTO?
Simple. Don’t live a boring life.