JAVIER DE RIBA
Interview with the Spanish artist

Javier De Riba tells us more about his artworks in an exclusive interview.

When I was at in Berlin for my exhibition at Zirkumflex gallery, I met the spanish guys (sorry, I meant girls) from Lamono magazine, as well as Javier De Riba from Reskate!.
The man gave me what I must say was the best business card ever (made of wood covered with skateboard grip), and happened to be really cool. A good opportunity to practice a lil bit of spanish and talk about his projects. Now you are lucky too, not just because you are on the best blog ever, but because Javier will share some of his secrets with you. ¡Vamos!
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PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Hop! My name is Javier de Riba and I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and reskater from Barcelona. I worked in some advertising agencies but now I’m working as a freelance. As there was no work, I involved myself in a personal project called Reskate! that makes me work with a lot of illustrators and learn from them.

Javier De Riba Reskate

Javier De Riba Reskate

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
I try not to have a particular style, to demonstrate myself that i can set out to do almost everything. This way I try what I like to do. These days I’m quite fond on lettering and liquid textures.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
I always start drawing by hand with different techniques and materials. Depending on the concept i use one technique or another. Finally i scan and make the final retouches on the computer.

No Hay Uno Sin Dos - Lettering artwork

No Hay Uno Sin Dos – Lettering artwork

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART
I try to collaborate and surround myself with different people who have interest in making creative things. This way we inspire each other and create a good atmosphere for creation. I also like to watch other people’s work on the internet because this makes me feel a good envy to move myself.

Framed painting

Framed painting

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
If i really like a work it reminds on my mind regardless who’s made it. I find myself more influenced by certain styles. From academic design to dirty and textured art.

Javier De Riba - Nube

Javier De Riba – Nube

ANY LAST WORD?
If i was about to die i would say: “amhhhh, Pin aprofita”. Pin is my flatmade and “aprofita” means in Catalan make the most out of your life.

Nube artwork detail

Nube artwork detail

Nube artwork detail

Nube artwork detail

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