Revolue is one of accessART’s newest artists. He joined us at the end of 2015 and we have to admit: we were quite curious about his work! What do those faces mean? We wanted to know more about the story behind the work of this Brazilian artist, and therefore we interviewed him in the first week of February.
Born to be an artist
Revolue, or Marcus, is from Brazil, born and raised in the beautiful city of Sao Paulo. He was born an artist, are his words, “to me, being an artist is normal”. He started to paint as a 1 year old and hasn’t stopped ever since. “Every time I had ink or brushes in my hands I try to do something creative with it. If I see people in the streets, with their sketchbooks or in coffee shops, there is something I feel I need to do. I just have to paint.”
“To me, being an artist is normal”
From Accountant to Revolue
Revolue’s father works as an accountant. When Revolue was 17 years old, his father suggested to give accounting a try as well. Considering what his father told him, Revolue started working for the multinational Deloitte and stayed there for 3 years. However, at a certain point in time he decided to quit, “I was doing a good job, but at one point I just realized, this wasn’t for me. I didn’t feel the same emotion like when I was creating art”.
We were very happy to find out where the name Revolue comes from. The word is a mix between Revolution and Evolution. Initially Revolue was the name of one of Marcus’ projects. When he decided to stop his job as an accountant he actually became “Revolue”. Today, being the artist “Revolue” has become his full-time job!
“I didn’t feel the same emotion like when I was creating art”
His parents were really supportive of the path he decided to take. “They could see the patience and effort I would put into my paintings. That’s why they told me they would always help me in the best way they could”. His parents frequently visit his exhibitions and his gallery in Sao Paulo called Luis Maluf Art Gallery. This really matters to Revolue. “It’s the most important thing, that your family gives you the support you need. I don’t pay too much attention to what other people tell me. It’s my family that matters most to me.”
A Brazilian artist exploring the London Art Scene
In 2008 Revolue took the decision to go to London. At that time, this was the place to be for artists. “In Brazil the art scene wasn’t that strong. I started to study filmmaking in London because I wanted to express myself using digital materials. I was living in this designer house which looked like a warehouse where 40 artists were painting at the same time. It was a great experience.”
That image will stay in his mind forever and it made him understand that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. London helped him to see art with a professional eye, exploring new and different techniques and getting in contact with galleries.
“In Brazil, people only recently start to acknowledge art, but it’s still far behind Europe and America. They don’t give the same value to art in general and that’s why Europe and America are so important for artists and the art scene”.
However, even though the Brazilian artist values the importance of the Europen art scene, Sao Paulo is still his home base. “I have my life here, my friends, my family and my studio. Sao Paulo inspires me. I like examining human behaviors and here in this city they can be really strong. Sometimes people need to be what they don’t want to be. For example you feel you need to dress up nicely otherwise you won’t get a good job. In Sao Paulo this idea is really strong. That’s why my paintings look like unfinished because that’s what people are, they are unfinished”.
Revolue has his own vision of the world and the people living in it, that’s what makes his work so unqiue.
“That’s why my paintings look unfinished because that’s what people are, they are unfinished.”
The process of creation
Faces are Revolue’s Inspiration
When the Brazilian artist explains his process of creating art, we start to understand why he says working with human behaviors is such an exciting field for him. For his inspiration, Revolue mostly goes outside to look at people, to understand how they react to certain kind of situations. When painting, an artist needs to think about the details he wants to use in his painting, and how to feature the little things that matter.
We noticed that most of the time Marcus paints male faces. In the interview, he tells us that people often ask him this. He laughs, “Painting women is such a a big responsibility, painting a woman is a bit more detailed.” But in general, Revolue simply wants to paint different human faces. It just turns out to be that they look more like men then women. Also, he likes to work with hands. “Sometimes a hand expresses more than a face. Hands are essential to human behaviors, or even whole bodies. I constantly try to improve my art and study a lot on techniques. A studio is like a lab. I’m always trying to make something new. If my work is always the same it has no reason to be there.”
“A studio is like a lab. I’m always trying to make something new. If my work is always the same it has no reason to be there.”
Creating his own colours
Revolue creates his own colors, a reason why people easily recognize his work. To find the right colour he experiments with various techniques. For instance, he experiments with crayons. He even creates his own crayons because he wants to get the best possible colour out of them. When he has the crayons, what he does is that he boils them with oil to get exactly the colour he wants. By doing that the crayons produce the look and feel of an oil painting. Next to that, Marcus also likes to use acrylic and spray paint in his works.
His use of colors comes naturally. “Sometimes I start to paint and I want to use only black and grey but then I realize that I need to put some pink here or another color there. It just comes naturally, from the heart. But of course I also get inspired by other things sometimes. For example, when I watch a movie and I see a girl wearing a blue dress sitting in a red car – then I think of how those colors would be a perfect match. Then I’ll use those ideas in my work!”
An Artistic Detour: The Notoxic Experience
The Notoxic Experience is a parallel project running next to Revolue’s paintings. In this project Revolue created 80 round ceramics for an exhibition in a Japanese restaurant. This project involved three artists and three movements: painting, gastronomy and tattoos, however they were all following the traditional Japanese style.
Why Ceramics? Revolue explains: “because it’s an ancient culture, in which people use their hands like the sushi-man when he cooks and the artist when he paints.” Revolue made 80 plates with different techniques based on traditional Japanese paintins using more than just basic inks – he used acrylics, oil, spray and sometimes he mixed it with soy sauce and wasabi! “The idea was to create an experience, the audience in the restaurant was able to see all the ceramics and also have lunch or dinner in an artistic atmosphere”.
We were also curious about the fish on the plates and asked Revolue about them. “When I started to work on the streets I needed a figure to represent my work and it became a fish and mutations of a fish. The choice of the fish was clear to me – it was a way of pointing to pollution and the environment in general. Sometimes people are angry and stubborn and I try to put those ideas on the fish. The fish changes often, it mutes”.
Revolue at accessART
In our opinion, Revolue’s potential is endless and we hope that he will keep on going for a long time! But we don’t doubt that for a second. This awesome Brazilian artist still plans on growing and he has a lot of projects for 2016. “I want to paint a big wall on a building and I am probably going to London in June to try to paint with a local artist who used to work on big murals.”
But even though he has big plans for the future, Revolue believes in the uniqueness of today! Throughout the interview we learnt that this Brazilian artiist is really passionate about his work and that he is someone who enjoys living in the moment. We really enjoyed talking to him.
Obrigado, Revolue! 🙂