Fabio Lopez aka DOURONE was born in Madrid and raised in the countryside. Travelling extensively around the globe he’s a creative artist who loves to paint and be inspired by all the places he’s been to and by the people he’s met along the way.
A self-taught illustrator, Dourone’s career began in Madrid where he painted shops facades and interiors. You can now see his works on huge murals full of details from Los Angeles to Paris.
From digital to traditional tools, Dourone explores a multitude of mediums to create his artworks. His unique realistic style is constantly evolving and I am very pleased to discuss his work and future projects.
Julie: You have been busy this year with many projects such as Quai 36 in Paris, Kosmopolite Art Tour in Belgium, and now Heerlen in Holland for Diversiteit. How does traveling fit with your life and work?
Dourone: Travels is an important part of my life as much for my work. I find travelling a good way to teach you how to see and approach things differently. It inspires me and I can draw things that I have never thought about until I discover a new place.
J: You started as a graffiti writer. Could you tell me more about your artistic background and how it has influenced your work today?
D: Everything I have learnt in carpentry, painting, decorations, sets, digital and graffiti of course has been at the origin of my work. It has influenced significantly my own style and I consistently intend to evolve introducing new techniques and ideas.
J: How would you describe your work today?
D: I think the most suitable word to define my work is Sentipensante, a style invented by Eduardo Galeano an Uruguayan writer.
I can now say that it helped me having a clearer approach of what I mean with my work, however I cannot give an precise description of it.
J: You were recently in Heerlen in Holland completing a huge mural (covered here). Do you usually work on an imposed theme or do get free reign to paint what you want?
D: What I like the less in this world is an imposed theme.
I have done works with imposed theme in the past, for example the mural at Louvain-La-Neuve where the theme was Utopia which to me is a very broad theme.
I think it is important to let freedom to any creative person so it reflects in his/ her work in the best way possible.
J: Working on large scale murals takes time, planning and management. Could you talk me through your work flow and technique when producing outdoor murals?
D: I like things that usually take time. Patience is an important factor to me.
The method and technique in my work depends on the surface on which I will create a piece as well as the materials I will use although the base is mostly often spray.
J: I was lucky enough to see your three murals for Quai 36 in Paris Gare du Nord train station. I can only imagine how tricky it must have been completing your work in such a busy environment. What were people’s reactions?
D: The work at Gare du Nord is an important project for me and I was pleased to be part of this initiative.
But it was a difficult job to do. Some day, I became more aware that something did not happen or that someone tried to steal my stuff rather than concentrating on my work.
They were many days where I found myself surrounded by the police and by many people when I was on the look out for the materials or my backpack rather than keep working on the huge mural they were facing.
At first it proved to be a pretty tough environment to work with but gradually my work came together and I am very happy to have been invited for the project and to have had the opportunity to paint on a huge train station such as Gare du Nord.
J: You have a very unique form of artistic expression. You defined your style earlier on as ‘Sentipensante’, a contraction of the words ‘feeling’ and ‘thinking’. What message and emotions do you want to convey to the public who stumble upon your painting?
D: Each artwork has a different message but most importantly what I try to give to the audience is key values that are Respect, Diversity and Freedom.
J: Some of your street works echoes your illustrations portraits using a monochromatic theme, some other are full of colour. How does the location and the context influence your work and determine the colour palette you will be using?
D: The location can influenced the artwork for sure, so is the size and the shape of the surface, however it does not defined necessarily the message behind the artwork. I usually have already drawn the artwork before going on location.
I always ask several pictures of the wall to create a specific and unique artwork for the place.
My real influences are my own experiences.
J: You have many skills, indoor decorations being one of them. How do you juggle with this activity and your other projects?
D: The indoor decorations are a little bit more delicate due to the fact that I work in a personal and private space.
But I have no problem in combining it with the other projects.
J: What’s next?
Right now I am in La Rochelle (France) then in Medellin (Colombia) and the life tour continues….
ART FOR THE PEOPLE!
All photos courtesy of the artist