Editorial / Monsters Are Real
Collaboration with Photographer Andrea Swarz
Armando Mesias is known to be a former Latin soap-opera star, failed synth-pop key artist and Hollywood ex-entrepreneur; currently pursuing a career in the portraiture industry. A contemporary artist and illustrator heavily inspired by pop culture and nostalgia. Working on a variety of mediums, combining loose brush strokes with detailed line work - merged in a bright 80's-like neon palette. "Exploration is a must."
Where are you based?
Tell us about yourself.
Born in 1986, I grew up in Cali, one of the biggest cities in Colombia. I've always been deeply interested in popular culture in general; I live and work for music and art. I wouldn't call any of it a 'hobby', because even staying home a whole day watching old 80's flicks, is a fundamental part of what I do.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I studied a BA in Industrial Design and became increasingly interested in creative thinking and conceptualization. I started developing several projects where I would have to direct different professionals; including designers, filmmakers and photographers. I begun to experiment with different ways to collaborate between disciplines, and that led me to explore the link between painting and photography.
Tell us about your work.
I studied an MA in Illustration and continued collaborative work with different photographers, designers and filmmakers. I work to create a strong tension and contrast between real life images and painting techniques, textures and colours.
What do you love about photography?
I love that is an ever-evolving craft. Even with the premise of capturing real life images, it still has an infinite power to show that reality in a personal and innovative way.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
I am contstantly inspired by many artists. I should probably mention a bouquet of artists that have influenced me and my work, starting with David Fincher, Jonathan Yeo and David Bowie. My interest in them is due to their ability to tell stories in unusual ways; fictional, biographic or totally abstract. I am fascinated by how one can use different media and merge different disciplines to induce daydreaming in an audience.
What editorials are featuring in ISSUE 03 of Carnival Magazine?
"But darling monsters are real they're living inside of us."
Tell us about the featured photography.
This is a collaboration I did with photographer Andrea Swarz. We are both from Cali, Colombia, and met several years ago. It was a fashion editorial she shot with stylist Clau Rojas in Buenos Aires - and I intervened while being in London. We sort of discussed general ideas for the aesthetics, but in many ways I think it was a project that allowed me to express having lived in a city away from home.
Where can our readers see more of your work?
I try to keep my website up to date, but in all honesty, I suck at it. In any case there's a link to all my social media sites on my website's homepage, you can check every update there. I recently moved to Barcelona and I'm looking for new exciting projects here and in Europe in general, so I think there's a lot of that coming up too. As a general rule I like to connect and meet people from around the world, ideating and planning new projects to work on. If something like that comes from this, that would be sweet.
MONSTERS ARE REAL
ILLUSTRATION / Armando Mesias
PHOTOGRAPHY / Andrea Swarz
FASHION STYLING / Clau Rojas