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Ramiro Cavil – Artist, Illustrator

Ramiro Cavil is an artist who mainly works with illustration. “When I was a kid I saw a show on TV about telekinesis, a man said the that we use zero % of our brain, so if you train a lot there is the possibility to move objects with your mind” He has read a lot about this subject and still cannot move objects with his mind. “I am pretty sure you are thinking that is weird but I am sure that after watching the film Matilda lots of people have tried to move things with their mind”. This is not the typical bio about someone. He just wanted to start with some fun.

What’s your background? Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Valencia, since I was like around 6 years old, I was attending art classes in Massamagrell, the town where my family comes from. During this period, I had suffered bullying, as I say I didn’t come out of the closet. I was taken out of the closet before I knew what “gay” meant. This is quite important because you will see references about this in my art work. Also, I think this, let’s say traumatic situation during childhood and teenage period where the personality is forging, leaves you an imprint for the rest of your life. For good or bad, it makes you grow up faster.

Nevertheless, when I was 18, I decided to keep studying fine arts and I started at an art school in Valencia city centre. My life changed completely for good. I discovered a whole entire world where I felt I belong. And for once, my voice was heard and considered. I got a taste of freedom and I liked it.

Since then, give or take, everything just went great. I moved to Oslo with an exchange program. I did a course of digital media art in Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus. I met so many interesting and wonderful people and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I call it my ‘how to learn to be happy and do it’ period.

Finally, after a short period in London, I moved to Barcelona. I started to work as an Art Director and Illustrator.

What or who is inspiring you right now?

In this era of Social Media, where you are in touch with thousands of artists, you have tons of references, but I always try to focus on real stuff. I often get inspired by honest people who have a story and they try to change world for the better, that’s art. For example, I love the work of Flavita Banana, she speaks out about equal rights between men and woman, fighting against the patriarchy, with humour and intelligence, she is clever and sarcastic and I think she does a huge contribution to the society to change the world for good.

How did you come to work in your creative industry?

I am kind of starting to work in the art industry. I have always been drawing or painting. But more recently, I began to feel that I have a story to tell and now I feel more committed and mature enough to express.

Describe your creative process

It depends of the day, week, year or period, but often what I do is just drink coffee and think about those bad periods that all we have and try to express it with art, to build an opinion or criticism about a subject, trying to help people who are going thru the same situations as myself.

What do you want to say with your work?

I have been thinking about this like a lot because I feel like I want to say so many things and it is hard to include them all together in one box. For example, I talk so much about feelings because that is what human is, a bunch of feelings.

I speak about the idea of sadness & depression often. Sharing your fears & sad moments with others help people empathise & make you stronger as well as prepare you to better handle similar situations in the future. I think this is linked with social media where people hide their true feelings and showcase fake happiness. I admire people who talk openly about their true feelings.

Also, I talk about how societies are built, “patriarchy”, feminism, gender fluidity, queer movement, etc. So you probably see androgynous characters in my work. Playing with colours meant to be for girls or boys. Or even clothing at the end of the day, they are just colours or pieces of fabric. It doesn’t represent the person. Clothing doesn’t make you a better or worse person, right? On social media or even in real life, it sometimes seems like it matters. I will say that gender is just an illusion.

So, this is what my works try to express.

What is your favourite era of design?

I don’t have a favourite one, but I use to like more figurative art than abstract.

Who has been the most inspirational person for you?

I remember a teacher that I had in high school, don’t remember the name sorry. She told me that when you feel shy about your work or a presentation it is because you put your real feelings on it. You are showing your inner self that is why you are nervous. Often it is harder to share the truth.

What project of yours has inspired you the most?

I think it will be the illustration I painted in Oslo. It is this one with a naked guy with bob style hair. It has a lot of meaning for me, I think my own style started to develop since that picture. Also, it was one of the happiest moments in my life. This picture is a mix between me, my childhood and Oslo. The background is the main port “Aker Brygge” in Oslo, the haircut is one I had when I was a child and there is a funny story with the holding hand, that still is going on between my father and me.

What are your beauty secrets?

Sleep a lot

How do look after yourself mentally and physically?

Trying not to be too hard on myself.

Do you have a favourite quote that you try to live by?

“It is easier to wake up each day and just be sad, than to wake up each day and work for happiness.” from my friend Dácil in Oslo 2011

What makes you nervous?

The things that are out of my control or when you have to take a flight like super early in the morning, and you have to sleep but you can’t because you can’t stop thinking about you are going to fall asleep and miss the flight. :s

Who’s the nicest person you have worked with?

Recently would be Veronica Cassiani, a professional & creative, a funny good person with values. She is a volcano and also a good friend. She is a type of person that when she is in a room you would notice her. I would call her a space filler.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully happy and alive hahaha

What’s on your playlist right now?

  • M.I.A – Bad girls
  • Asaf avidan – Different Pulses
  • The Blaze – virile
  • Bad gyal – yo sigo igual
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee

Can you describe what you are doing now, with your life and work?

This is the question that I have been asked a lot from my friends, and the answer is still the same one – I don’t know. 😆 What I know is that I am doing everything that I like in this moment, and it doesn’t matter what happens because I know the future Ramiro will try to not regret. ☺

See more of Ramiro’s work on his instagram @ramirocavil and his website

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