Artist Interview: Joshua Oliveira

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
It wasn’t until my early teens that art had even interested me. I was immediately drawn to Graffiti art, being a young adolescent not wanting to follow the rules and make my own way it was apparent, in hindsight, why that was appealing to me. I started early with small Stencils and later moved to pre-made wheat pastes of larger size and difficulty. ( Always making a mess in my moms kitchen stealing the flower and water) It wasn’t until high school when I had any real drive to produce art contemplate what it might mean to be called an artist and how to include myself in that group.

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What medium(s) do you work in & why?
The main focus of my painting is the stencil. I stay with my early roots and always use Spray paint. It is near and dear to my heart for the simple nostalgia of it all. My primary tool is a box cutter or an x-acto blade. Unlike most stencil artist my work is not manipulated using a computer. The backgrounds of my work I try to replicate the deep emotions I once saw from the graft-up cement walls of my home town. I do this through multiple layers of glues and various inks and a good deal of time.

What is your creative process like?
I try to focus on deep issues that encompass everyone or inner emotions that hold personal feelings for each viewer. Most of the time I try to set a series of paintings with similar themes set in a row. Each set is very personal, a true struggle, so.. The simple way of saying is my creative process comes brewing inside as does every individuals emotions.

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What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
My High school art teachers where the most influential in my art related upbringing, which is easy to grasp once one learns I have no formal education after high school. My teachers taught me to always embrace others styles and techniques, and incorporate them into one’s own work, always growing as an artist. Evolution and Growth is really what it boils down to.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Personally I have the worst luck attempting to balance my work schedule, a resemblance of a social life and the icing on the cake, my own art. My art is a very time consuming process nearly a 100 hours goes into some of my larger pieces, but I wouldn’t be the same person without art in my life.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece.

"The Strength We Carry" by Joshua Oliveira

“The Strength We Carry” by Joshua Oliveira

This piece “The Strength We Carry” is the first in a set. It is a visual of a beautiful woman sunken inward supporting the weight of her neck on her hands trying desperately to relieve her burden. In this image her burden is symbolized as massive horns on her head, Heavy, and Solid. These horns are weighing her down but they are what makes her unique and later she will learn these things but in this moment she is sullen and does not see the potential that she will soon after realizes herself as the Powerful, Radiant, and Commanding woman that is herself, she owes it to her burdens… her horns… Her Triumphs will forever be sweetened by the bitterness she has overcome.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
This is my first AOM event and so far it was quite a sight to see large groups of people gravitate around my art, but without a doubt meeting and being involved with all of these local artist that I never would of met without AOM is the best experience I could of asked for.

You can see more of Joshua’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the second floor, space 3-034.