Artist: BEATRIZ MARIANO / Interview by SFINX.
We are honored & thankful, Beatriz, for the collaboration with the SFINX.
That means a lot & makes us happy, that we share the same vision, to spread Art & Cvlture to the whole world. Express yourself & let the people know you & your art.
1. State your name for the record. Introduce yourself.
Hi, my name is Beatriz Mariano, and I’m a 25yo photographer, cinematographer, SFX artist, canvas, musician, illustrator, and postproduction wizard – amongst other things!
2. When did you realize you wanted to become an artist, and which was the main reason force behind the choice?
I think I’ve always wanted to be involved with art ever since I was a child. I’ve always been in love with drawing, and music, and everything that touches our creative side.
3. How did you get started as an artist?
I would like to say that this has always been part of time. There was never a time in my life where I’ve been separated from my art. But if there was a moment when I realized this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, it had to be went I got to high school. Before that I had teachers telling me countless times how I wouldn’t make it If I wanted to become an artist because “it’s not a real job”, and I was scared to be forced to settle for a job I would hate. But when I got to high school (it was a new school) I had a different kind of ambience, and I had the support I truly needed from REAL teachers who truly believe in me. And I never stopped pursuing my dreams.
4. Which artist(s) do you admire?
I admire any artist who pushes boundaries. It doesn’t matter the area, or style. When I see someone getting out there, and doing their thing regardless of what others say, that’s where I gather most inspiration from.
5. Do you have a formal art background?
I can say that everything I’ve learnt is self-taught. This because, in my whole life I’ve been curious about everything that would move me, so independently I would look for them and seek as much knowledge as I could get. Then when I realized what I wanted, I looked for deeper insights, and therefore teachers. But before I got to them, I would always learn on my own, and then later look for more advice. I was 15 when I got my first job photographing weddings. So by the time I was 18, I already knew how to deal with photography and what it involves, and so making me want to have a degree regardless of the background I already had – right now I have a Masters in Photography, Design and Visual Culture.
6. How would you describe your personal artistic style?
I would describe it as limitless. There’s nothing you *can’t* do!
7. How do you see your style evolving?
I just never stop! And every day I find new ways to challenge myself, and more boundaries that I see myself crossing.
8. Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele?
Absolutely. My work is very accepted by the gothic and alternative community, and it’s a very welcoming and accepting area. Anyone who seeks dark arts, will come across my work for sure.
9. In three words, what is art to you?
Power. Knowledge. Freedom.
10. Do you have any tattoos?
A few, yeah!
-Which tattoo was your first and which one is your latest?
My first tattoo was the Pink Floyd dark side of the moon prims on my back, and my latest is my CS logo on my left arm.
-Which tattoo do you cherish the most?
My Pinhead portrait done by Hollie Pryce Jones.
-Which tattoo style do you like best?
I enjoy them all equally.
-Do you have any regrets about your tattoos? If so, why?
Nah. I live in the moment. I am not gonna regret something that made me happy at that time.
11. How would you define art? What influences your art?
Everything that surrounds us. Even the things we don’t like.
12. Is there a specific culture or philosophy which fuels your inspiration?
I am very driven by the occult. I always have been. I grew up in catholic schools, and for some reason, I always loved the whole idea of “being scared of a greater evil”, because I was never the type of person to believe there’s anything to be scared of. So as a kid I’d think “damn I wish *I* was that thing that they’re all so scared of” haha, it was funny to me.
13. Are there any cultural references tied to your work?
There’s definitely a anti-religion link to it, exactly by the reason I explained previously – and again, amongst other things.
14. On what level do you feel art influences people?
Every level. What you see. What you hear. What you smell. What you touch. What you feel. It becomes part of us. If there’s no art, there’s no reason.
15. Do you have any works that are influenced by ancient Greek philosophy or myths?
Yes! I’ve done stuff around Artemis, Persephone, and Nemesis.
16. Aside from ancient Greek art, what is the most prevalent ancient culture in your work?
I can’t really tell because I don’t base myself more on one thing or the other. There’s an equal balance between every subject.