We had the good fortune of connecting with Raul Sisniega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raul, why did you pursue a creative career?
I am absolutely sure that pleasure is what motivated me to do so. Pleasure is the word I could use to describe the feeling I get during my creative process.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, I am a visual artist working with interventions in public space as well at my studio. I like to paint using acrylics and I also love working with clay. Visually I have been exploring the design of patterns, and been studying the work of great pattern designers like Koloman Moser, M.C. Escher and the work of anonymous designers like prehispanic textile designers and islamic artists, trying to blend what I learn from them with the things that have influenced me along my life, like cartoons, my mexican cultural heritage and the astonishing amount of images that we can find on the internet. I would say my artwork is unique not because I am the greatest or most famous artist, but because to me artwork is a therapy, so basically what I am doing everytime I create an artwork is to let out a big part of my mind and soul. Professionally, art has been a contradictory road full of satisfaction and frustration, but mostly full of lessons about patience. It has not been easy to deal with a professional world full of competition, lack of opportunities and economic instability. But the hardest part has been to learn to be patiently and constantly working without giving up. Sometimes it’s frustrating to see how nothing happens the way you want, both in the economic and creative way, but with the help of friends, family and people who follow my work, I have learned to control my emotions and let go of my desire to control everything. I have to say, art has become a great teacher and even a therapist, jajaja.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A big shoutout to all the digital community in Instagram and Facebook, who have been following my work throughout 11 years now. Especially those who have decided to invest their money in one or more of my artworks. And the biggest shoutout to friends and family who have been all this time holding my back, supporting without any personal interest. Couldn’t have been here and now after 11 years without all of them.
All images by Raúl Sisniega.