NURNBERG: RICARDO CAVOLOOctober 13, 2012
Ricardo Cavolo is a nice man. He also happens to be the super talented artist we asked to paint the ceiling of our nearly-open Nurnberg store! We stopped by and saw it while we were in the city and it looks aewsome. We managed to hunt him down for a chat too…
Ricardo, tell us, where’s home?
Currently I’m living in Madrid. But I’m planning move to England (I looooove England and I need to live and work there).
And what do you do for a living?
Well, I can say that I earn my bread just drawing and painting. It seems a miracle for me, because it’s been always my dream, and for the last three years I can say that I draw for a living.
How did you get started doing that?
I have drawn my entire life. Like the rest of the world, I started to draw when I was just a baby, but the thing is that I kept drawing when most people stop doing it! I have always needed to draw and paint, just for fun and for expressing the thousand stories I have on my mind. And if you keep drawing for many years you are able to create your own style and way of work, wich lets me think that I can turn my hobby in my way of life.
Sum up your design style for us…
I would say it’s a kind of naïve style, with some sense of outsider art. I try to work in a powerful and direct style, with really powerful sense of color. And I always try to insert little stories inside of the composition, in the way people can enjoy the drawing, and be entertained.
How did you come to be working with Urban?
I started to collaborate with UO last year, when they asked me to do some prints to use as decoration in Covent Garden’s store. After that, I painted a big mural at the entrance of the store. I did it, and it seems it worked because now I’m doing another mural in the ceiling of the Nurnberg store!
Painting a ceiling sounds difficult – what do you have to do differently?
Yeah, the most difficult thing has been about bodies proportions as you can’t easily check if the body is drawn in a good way! You have to trust yourself. And filling the space in the ceiling too – I was building the mural from the center, growing up little by little and it really worked at the end.
Did you get a lot of paint in your eyes?
Not really, it’s one of the good things of being myopic and have to use glasses, you never get paint in your eyes.
What was the best thing about the project?
The best thing is when I finished and I could see the final result. Actually, the mural is better than the one I had on my mind, and that is reeaally good…
And the worst?
My neck and my shoulder. I think I need a week to get better!
If you could cover one thing in the world with your artwork, what would it be?
If I could, I would love to paint a massive mural in the Grand Canyon.
Where are your favourite places to hang out?
London, London and London. I’m in love with this city… And after London, England in general…
What was Nurnberg like to spend time in?
It’s a beautiful little city, so the best thing for spending time there it’s just have a walk and discovering dozens of wonderful alleyways. And the people are so kind and polite.
And how was the store when you left it?
Well, there is a month for the opening, so it was really and literally “under construction”. Or maybe it’s a new UO style of decoration, who knows!
What’s the next year looking like for you so far?
Well, I’m preparing a graphic novel about Daniel Johnston for next year. And I’m starting to prepare exhibitions for Mexico DF and Montreal for next year too… And a thousand more things too.
If you weren’t a superstar artist, what would you be doing?
I’m not sure about me being a superstar artist. Anyway, I always think if I didn’t work on this, I would try to be a writer. I just need to tell stories; I draw them because I don’t know how to write them in a good way.
Tell us a joke…
Please, don’t do that to me! I’m just able to draw and use colors… Telling jokes is hard and high level work.