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Kristián Mensa | Artist Spotlight

Kristián Mensa is a student and self-taught artist from Prague. “I love to make magic with the simple, everyday things which surround us. There is no need to reach for inspiration that far. I am either dancing with a pencil on the paper or painting with my body on the dance floor.”

How do you describe your work?

Result of constant playing and pure childish enthusiasm to explore every object, thing and theme that surrounds me at the given moment.

What’s your preferred medium to express yourself and you work? How did you come into working that way?

Blank ink illustration or acrylic painting often containing a random object. Because to express the idea this way is very simple yet there is so much to explore just with a pen and blank sheet of paper which you can take up pretty mucn anywhere and just draw.

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Where did you grow up and do you think that’s affected, at all, your vision as an artist?

I had a very peaceful childhood, growing up in a town close to Prague. My parents allowed me to free myself and my mind and to choose my own activities and path. That’s why I love to come back to these times and keep the same approach even when I do art. I eventually started dancing (breking) and this kind of movement influenced me as well. Then you kind of dance with the pen on paper and you draw with your body on the floor. It’s almost the same thing.

What triggers your imagination?

Being on my own and being able to stop and think.

What are some instagram accounts or artists that you particularly enjoy / are inspired from?

Some of my favorite artists are Saul Steinberg or Guy Billout. Or simple start with an Instagram account @skalpa which will give you daily inspiration from the art world.

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What was your dream growing up as a child?

To keep dreaming probably. And some very expensive LEGO sets too.

What has become most important to you or your work at this moment in your life?

Not to think about audience and approval. And also the ability to experiment and try new things more often.

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Is there any specific moment(s) or memory in your life that pushed you definitively towards the arts or to pursue your creative ambitions?

No. It think it’s a constant realization that art has also the ability to influence and change minds (in the positive way). And that is what I always wanted to do, to talk less and speak more with what I do.

What does your work mean to you? If anything at all?

It’s something like a visual motivation. Sometimes I. look at all the works and am surprised about what a simple hobby actually tuned into

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What is your definition of ‘art’, even if it’s total bullshit?

One of the purest and sincere form of expressing emotions, thoughts and feelings. Art has been here ever since humans have appeared.