Brooklyn based digital artist Felipe Posada uses his background in motion design to create what he calls 'The invisible Realm' - a fantastical world of expression allowing Posada to explore his childhood dreams and fears. One of Instagram's most trending artists, his collage style and technique is one of the most recognizable of contemporary digital artists, landing him collaborations ranging from Madonna to National Geographic.
What’s your preferred medium to express yourself and you work? How did you come into working that way?
Digital Collage is my main medium. I am a Creative Director for Motion Design so I picked up the technique through my line of work while spending a decade doing styleframes and storyboards for commercial projects. I have a MFA in Computer Art, so I was fortunate to have a conceptual approach during my studies before I dove into the commercial world. I am now using collage as a personal avenue to express myself.
Where did you grow up and do you think that’s affected, at all, your vision as an artist?
I grew up in Cali, Colombia. I still have a strong bond with my birth place. Through my art I revisit many memories, dreams, fears and old beliefs which were formed during my early years so being from there probably has significant impact on my vision.
What was your dream growing up as a child?
Doing art for the pleasure of it. Becoming an astronaut, and an Orchestra conductor. I still hold on to the same dreams in many ways.
What has become most important to you or your work at this moment in your life?
My two daughters and whatever I can do to set them into a path based on freedom without fear.
Is there any specific moment(s) or memory in your life that pushed you definitively towards the arts or to pursue your creative ambitions?
Yes, early childhood was one. I had the fortune to attend an art oriented school for a few years and that opened so many doors in my head.
Later in life, after going on a completely different path, I had a moment of existential crisis (half way through college) it was so intense that I decided to move to a different country (USA) to “lookfor” a solution.. something that it was inside of me all along. But once I was here, new horizons appeared on sight and I was fortunate enough to see the light again.
In recent times after a decade of working in a creative field but focusing mostly on commercial work, the birth of my first daughter and the proximity of my second one’s arrival trigger something in me that pushed me once more to look into creating art once again…this time free from commercial boundaries and demands, free from fear.
Who or what would you say is your biggest inspiration(s) and how do you think they/it have influenced your work?
This is a difficult question, it doesn’t have a straight answer. I’ve found inspiration in many things and people throughout the years… from thinkers, to spiritual guides, musicians, visual artitsts, scientists, writers.. I could name a few from each genre but I don’t think it would do justice. I would then say that wherever I find that seed of curiosity andcourage to dive into the unknown, I find inspiration.
What does your work mean to you? If anything at all?
My work is a way to look inside myself. Every piece forms part of an infinite puzzle that threads the line of my existence.
What is your definition of ‘art’, even if it’s total bullshit?
Art is whatever you do that serves as a bridge for your subconsious mind to manifest. Whatever you do that allows you to truelly express yourself.