Interview with Thomas Ray
q) Well, first of all please tell us
a little about yourself.
a) Hi, this is Thomas Ray; a 27 years old guy from
I studied at Politecnico of
Now I'm freelancing as artist, illustrator and designer:)
and I'm single.
q)How would you describe your work?
a)My work speaks about me. About my past.
About my childhood.
About people I saw. About evol. About scars.
About hope. About my truth.
It's a continuous inner persuit.
It's the expression of myself through images,
colors and symbols.
It's speaking a languageI know.
q) Did somebody encourage you
to become an artist?
a)Nobody in particulr. I used to know what i was.
And day by day I'm always more persuaded to know who I am.
I believe in God.
q) What is your favorite medium?
a)Every time the best one to go straight to the point.
q) Can you describe your
from the seed of an idea
to a complete work?
a) First I think intensely about concept
is clear in my mind and I find
a interesting solution.
Than I start drawing.
where do your ideas come from?
a) Ideas come from my stomach than
go straight into my brain
and there rielaborated.
My right hand is the executioner.
q) How long does it take to complete a piece?
a)It dipends from demands,
inspiration, longing, maturitys.
Few hours or some days.
q) Who are your
And who are some
artists you are
currently looking/listening to?
a) There are so many artists
I love that
it could be unfair choose
someone instead of someone else:)
represented by a gallery?
Do you have any
a) I did some solo and collective shows
at the Limited no-art gallery in
I have a friendly relationship with them.
Anyhow I prefer to be rapresented by myself.
I did also some other shows in
I will do a collective show of screenprints
called L00P on February,
here in Milan(.....) with other illustrators,
designers, wannabe artists...
curated by Arianna Vairo and Martina Merlini.
q) Do you have any
As in, do you listen
types of music while working?
What helps to get you
in the mood for working?
a)No rythuals. I used to help myself with the music.
She helps me pull out certain emotions.
Each time different. Each time specific.
I listened to everything from Wolf Eyes to Cassius!
Now I prefer silence and the thought/illusion
that things become without many external influences.
q)What is your favorite a) taste,
c) sight, d) smell, and e)
a) I have continuous different tastes.
Because evolution and growth are life.
q) Do you have goals
that you are trying
to reach as an artist,
What would you like
to accomplish in your
a) I try to reach credibility through continuity
and high quality of works. I want to accomplish
a big part of myself that needs
to express himself through drawings.
q) When have you started
using the internet
and what role does this form
of communication play for you,
for your art, and for your
a) Internet is amazing and usefull to find
and contact people all around the world fastly.
This is great also for my job.
There are much more opportunities
(but more competition too).
Internet offers so many
visual input: from extreme trash porno
to virtual museums.
But it never replaces real experiences,
and it could become a cage, an artificial heaven,
a killer place where you can find your tomb.
You must have knowledge about medium.
q) What do you obsess over?
a) I'm not obsessed about anything but
very interested about the concept
of vaginas as doors
of entrance/exit for ourselves' knowledge.
q) Do you have prefered working hours?
Do you pay attention to the time
of the day or maybe specific lighting?
a) I use to works in bright rooms.
It's impossible to me working in the dark.
My drawings are full of thin lines and particulars so
I need lights to do the very best because
I don't believe in random works.
q)Do you do commissioned works?
a)Of course. If they don't crash against
my moral principles and my believes.
q)Any tips for emerging artists?
a)Always be honest with theirself,
and follow their own and unique
way without envy for the others.
Do their best in relationship with
their own possibilities.