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Artist we love: Antonyo Marest

„But the most important – I want to see my daughter grow.“


Antonyo Marest wurde 1987 an der spanischen Mittelmeerküste geboren. Das warme Wasser und der blaue Himmel trugen zu einem großen Teil zu seinem Optimismus bei, der sich auch in seinen Arbeiten widerspiegelt. Seit 2013 lebt er in Madrid und zeigt seitdem seine Arbeiten in zahlreiche Ausstellungen – sowohl in Museen oder Galerien, als auch im öffentlichen Raum.

In seiner Arbeit setzt er sich keine Grenzen: Malerei, Skulptur, Installation, Interiordesign sowie Modedesign, Albumcover, Marketingkampagnen – allem kann er seinen unverwechselbaren Stil mitgeben. Dabei spielen vor allem Flamingos und Palmen für ihn eine große Rolle. Mit diesen beiden Motiven identifiziert der Künstler sogar erkennbare Symboliken in seiner eigenen Biografie. Einerseits illustriert der Flamingo die Verehrung der Sonne und wurden im alten Ägypten als irdische Darstellungen des Gottes Ra angesehen. Die Palme hingegen sieht es als Symbol des Widerstands und verknüpft sie häufig mit seinen eigenen Lebenserfahrungen.

Während Antonyo in Indien an einem Pavillon arbeitet, hat er sich die Zeit genommen uns ein paar Fragen zu beantworten.

Foto: @3rd.visions

Foto: @3rd.visions

Foto: @3rd.visions

Foto: @PST Fotigrafia


You where born and raised in Spain and traveled the world. Is your artistic work influenced by this? And if so – how?
The cultural enrichment contributed to my work to be incredible, the discovery of new worlds, colors, and flavors, but above all, the best of all this is to get to know people on the road.

What else influences you? Where do you get your inspiration and ideas?
What influences me the most is the color and patterns of architecture, my inspiration is a cocktail between Deco Art, the architecture of South India and the psychedelic stamps of the ’80s.

Often we find flamingos and palm trees in your works. What do they symbolize for you?
The flamingo is a cult to the sun, to life, to dawn, to the new day and the palm is a symbol of sustainability, of firmness, a symbol of facing all kinds of tempests and follow there.

Which role does your color scheme play?
It is very important to me, I only use 8 colors, it’s a rose of the bowl, more important colors and other complementaries.

Where do you work? How does your workplace look like?
I work in my studio in Madrid, located in the Puerta del Angel neighborhood, and my workplace looks like South Beach, with palms, neons, walls painted in pastel tones, flamingos.

Your artistic work ranges from large scale murals to paintings on paper. What else do you do?
From graphic design and textile design to industrial design, interior design, sculpture and many more.

Recently you spent some time in India. What did you do there?
In India, I have made a pavilion, for the most important festival in North East India, which is „Durga Puja“ titulated „Allegra“, which is the name of my daughter, which gives me force to do everything, with the basu foundation.
In addition, I have made a wall for the 10th anniversary of the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish embassy.

If you where almighty for just one day, what would you do?
I have it clear, to destroy all the world pollution and should a million seeds of trees and vegetable seeds around the world, I don’t soil to see the news ever, but what is happening today in the world is of shame.

What are your plans for the future?
Short-term I travel to Los Angeles, NY, Australia, Lisbon, Berlin, Miami, Paris… to make walls and shows.
Long-term, I am preparing a special project for 2020.
But the most important – I want to see my daughter grow.

Foto: @cevicdesing



Antonyo Marest

Instagram: @antonyomarest


Fotos: @Antonyo Marest, @PST Fotografia, @3rd.visions, @cevicdesing


Das Interview führte Katharina Rohmeder.