Antonio Mora is a Spain-based artist who spent several years working as an art director in the industry. Mora — now a full-time artist — describes himself as someone who creates portraits from images found on the Web, blogs, and magazines. He then merges the images, creating pieces of art with great force and expression that surely won’t leave you indifferent.
Mora’s Private Life and Education
Mora works in his studio in an old industrial building, where he spends many hours designing and producing his artworks. When he’s not working, the artist prefers enjoying a quiet life with his family, children, and dogs. He also loves to walk on the beach.
Mora undertook a master in graphic design, and started his own design studio a few years after graduating. He was the studio’s art director for 15 years. However, he gradually lost interest in working as an art director, and decided it was time to start creating his own art.
Mora’s Art and Philosophy
We had the chance to briefly talk to Mora via email. As he indicates: “I think the images I make are surreal. I merge reality with dreamy concepts to create hybrid beings that are dreamlike.” Mora also says:
“I want people to feel inspired when observing my artworks, and that is what I long for. I often look at images hundreds of times without finding anything, and then the spark just arrives. It’s a bit like fishing, a matter of patience and intuition. Ideas are provided by the Internet itself, by the massive volume of images that circulate on the Web. I feel sometimes I am the medium between two parallel universes.”
An Artist and a Hard Worker
The post-2008 financial crisis that hit many countries in the European Union did not ignore Spain either. Mora himself says that “It is not easy to survive the crisis in Spain, not even now, years after the 2008 crash. You must work hard.”
“Social networks, especially Pinterest, have been an important vehicle to spread my artworks, also providing a means to observe their immediate and enthusiastic impact on all cultures,” he adds.