Give us a glimpse of your background.
I tried car designing, clothing design, furniture, architecture and zoology, since I also love nature. I jumped on anything I could think of, even if the activity was childish. One time, I watched the first Star Wars film. That movie really got me interested in special effects in the film industry. I started making miniatures and shot with an 8mm camera. I couldn’t possibly be interested in special effects make-up, since I hated horror films. But one day, I found magazines and books about artists like Dick Smith and Rick Baker, and soon realized that it was not just about horror. Those two artists are very different. After I found an article about Dick Smith in a magazine called Fangoria, it became a goal for my future.
At 17 years of age, I started to do special make up as a hobby and contacted Dick Smith. Then right after I graduated high school, I started working in the field as a professional. I moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and started to work for Rick Baker. In 2007, I started my own company.
When did you start sculpting and how is this related to your activity?
In 2011, I decided to leave the film industry. Once I made that decision, I received several offers to partake in artistic collaborations.
So, your career started as a special effects makeup artist. In what ways are these activities similar and opposite from each other?
Sculpting portrait is very close to what I was doing in special effects make up. It is not exactly the same but it is close to what I wanted to do and what I pay attention to or am interested in and conscious about. That is the interest in the human face, character, anatomy and beauty.
I spoke about the similarity, but the opposite thing about working in the film industry is that it is really based on commercial aspects and I had to make many people happy. What I believe is that if I mix too many opinions in one goal, the end result becomes very weak.
What does a typical day look like?
Making a realistic depiction is a highly complex process, which demands great knowledge, technique and tons of patience. Have you ever felt annoyed, and in the mood of giving up or felt frustrated with the outcome?
I presume that you are an extremely meticulous, patient person with a great ability to focus. How would you characterize yourself?
How long did it take to form your career as a full time Sculptor?
What is the average time necessary to finish one of your sculptures?
How do you start an artwork — do you have any rituals?
I do lots of constructing and taking apart in my mind before I start physically. I gaze in the air, visualizing the image in front of me.
I don't have any religious rituals.
Professional-wise, what’s your goal?
Describe your working process to us, from the idea’s conception to its achievement.
I will do sketches and make a small sculpture. Once all comes to life, I will start to make life-size sculptures. I will then enlarge it to two times larger than life-size. When the sculpture is complete, I make some molds to cast silicone skin. The base will be molded separately since usually it will be casted in resin or a different material. Then the cast out silicone skin is painted, and hair is placed one stand at a time. I proceed in making a pair of eyes and then put it all together.
What will be the project of your dreams?
What is your state of mind when sculpting?
There are two of me working at the same time. One is simply enjoying the process and the other is analytical.
You’re a self-taught artist, from where did you get so much knowledge on anatomy?
And how did you develop your technique with original methods and materials?
It is important to learn how to make what I want to show.
I do a lot of imaging in my head to realize or figure out something, or to create new ways of doing it, a process that I enjoy.
What is the main challenge that you face when starting a sculpture?
What is the artwork that you are most proud of? Why?
Creating is usually a lonely process. Is the artistic life a lonely one?
What do you enjoy most in life?
What moves you?
What inspires you and what upsets you?