UO COLOGNE: RICARDO CAVOLONovember 5, 2013
With just three weeks to go until the doors to UO Cologne open, we had a chat with Ricardo Cavolo – the Spanish artist behind our arty walls in UO Paris, UO Nuremberg, and now UO Cologne.
Keeping to his signature style, Cavolo goes one step beyond the traditional mural concept with a full-on shop floor takeover. Winged hearts, eight-eyed unicorn seahorses and Peter Pan collared foxes are all ready to greet you at UO Cologne – we’re trippin’ balls here, people.
Now get to know the man himself…
UO: What was your inspiration for the Cologne mural?
RC: I remember doing the first one for the Covent Garden store which featured circus characters. With the mural in Cologne, I wanted to maintain the look but evolve it. Not to say it’s is my final piece in this style but it’ll move in a different direction.
UO: How do you keep yourself entertained while you’re painting?
RC: This might not be the most romantic answer but I watch football, there’s always a game on somewhere. I even watch historic matches – the Barcelona vs. Sampdoria final in ‘92, I could watch that over and over again. I listen to music a lot too, I’m currently writing a book about music so it plays a big part in my life.
UO: If you could only paint in three colors for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
RC: This is really basic, but I’d go for red, blue and yellow. Each is very strong on its own as well as in combination in a painting. They feel a bit like tribal colors to me, like people from more primitive ages painting their faces.
UO: Personally, what’s your favourite type of art?
RC: Outsider Art (or Art Brut). It’s usually made by self-taught artists who never studied fine arts, they just need it in their lives. Mostly they have some sort of mental illness and painting calms them down (example: Adolf Wölfli). I love the way they work simply because they are so innocent, almost like children. They don’t live with the fear that their art will be judged and don’t care about galleries or the art market.
It’s possibly the most powerful and purest and form but it’s often difficult to find the pieces as most of the artists are anonymous and their works are published once they’re deceased.
UO: Do you come from a creative family?
RC: Oh yeah, definitely. My father was a professional painter and teaches art in high school now. My mother shared my father’s passion and painted as well. I was never pushed into it but as soon as they realised I enjoyed painting, my father started teaching me different techniques.
UO: And where can we find you when you’re not painting?
RC: Right now I live in Brighton. I was in Madrid before but it’s just impossible to ride my bike there. Traffic is mental. So you‘ll probably catch me on my bike in Brighton or playing video games like Fifa or Call of Duty. They help me switch off and give my work-brain a rest.
UO: OK, let’s end this interview with a silly one. What’s your gangsta rap name?
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