Baxx Vladimir

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Desnudo Italia.

Image courtesy of Baxx Vladimir.

Image courtesy of Baxx Vladimir.

Who’s Baxx?

Baxx Vladimir, an international artist based in Belgrade but seeking inspiration all over the world. I toy with the idea of being a modern master of vibrance and expression in a world given over to cheap thrills, fast consumption and destruction. I graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, where I earned both, my BFA and MFA degrees in Mural Painting. I pursued my Ph.D at the Academy of Art in Belgrade, where I live and work.

I have always been attracted to different fields of traditional and contemporary art. Beside painting, I also do netart, different kinds of installation, performances and all kind of multimedia art projects. I love having a project to focus on at all times, to inject my newer ideas into, experiment and create art pieces that inspire others to dream and learn more, do and become more. I have been active as an artist and have had numerous exhibitions in Serbia, across Europe, Asia and America. I attended International art festivals, conferences and workshops which have helped me get involved in different projects and network. As a member of ArtAngels – San Francisco, Center for Youth Creativity of Serbia and Association of Fine Artists of Serbia, I wish to demonstrate ways in which we could collaborate in a project larger than any one of us could do alone and keep developing together. Also, I am the founder of Belgrade Art Studio, an international art program designed to bring talented artists, creative practitioners, researchers and writers from around the world to experience a unique cultural environment dedicated to art in Belgrade.

Artwork courtesy of Baxx Vladimir.

Artwork courtesy of Baxx Vladimir.

How did you start and when?

It is fair to say that since my childhood art has been my direction and an integral part of my life. I was brought up in a very artistic family and I felt the power of art from a very young age. At around seven years old my aim was to draw as well as my dad. I practiced my skills all the time. I was a winner of the Children's Drawing Competition on the Environment. I received an award plaque and was congratulated by the local artists and the environment organization staff. Through my ‘mushrooms’ drawing, I wanted to express to other children that we are so fortunate to have a plenty of food and take it for granted, while there are so many in the world who are starving. It was more than obvious that art career perfectly suited my personality.

During the studies, I won an EFG Grant for Best Serbian Students as well as the Ministry of Education and Science Scholarship. Being an honors student helped me to cultivate my willingness to take the initiative, seek out new experiences and continue creating art.

What’s your first inspiration?

I am always inspired by New Media and technology and my art reflects this combination of new and traditional media. Traveling the world, discovering the new: cultures, people, places, sights, sounds unquestionably helps me be creative. The world is a giant place filled with wonders, it’s nearly impossible not to become inspired along the way. One of my main preoccupations is imagery as a free-flowing thing, how images can be manipulated and their meanings can change. Creating gave me a chance of expression, to manipulate and tease my subjects, content and the language of images. My art speak to us about the world we live in—world where politics, sex and religion collide, the unifying force of nature versus the destructive human force.

Artwork courtesy of Baxx Vladimir.

Artwork courtesy of Baxx Vladimir.

What is your most representative work and why?

All of my works represent me, my bottled feelings, thoughts, ideas. That is why I cannot choose one. Whether I explore a metamorphosis in the daily life of the disabled, using images of disability to make everyone think twice about the beauty and perfection which makes disability beautiful (cooperation with California State University, Northridge) or examine gender and sexuality in culture and art, as well as contemporary issues of inequality affecting sexual minorities in our society and global contexts (cooperation with Cuntemporary London), the importance of my work is that I create as a response to a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically advancing, and multifaceted.

My art is provocative, in your face. It speaks up for the ones in the margins, health and peace! It argues against a consumer society, against a mass society and a mass pop-culture.

Which are your next steps?

I will continue to discover the world and present my art and my creative impulses. That way I will analyze the interaction of my work with global audience. All this will give me a chance to continue creating pieces of art delivered with passion and energy and strongly influenced by this experience.

Randy D. Rosario

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Desnudo Italia.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.

How would you describe your art style?

I’m a multimedia artist. I work in photography, illustratration, animation and set design.

What inspires you?

Technology, the future, big personalities, colorful things, weird things, unique things, traveling, cultures.

How did you first get involved in creating artwork?

In high school I won an award designing a hat for adidas and thought maybe I should be a designer. When I went to college I found it wasn’t for me and I wanted to tell stories through stills, animation and video. I started producing my own shoots and collaborated with friends who modeled, hair stylists and makeup artists . We were all just having fun and making things we liked. I was also painting and drawing and experimenting with video and animation.

What is your design background?

I went to school for painting and drawing and a little bit of ceramics. I got into motion graphics and photography after graduating and now mostly focus my art around that. I also like learning new things and recently been getting more into frame by frame animation.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.

I love how you incorporate your artwork with fashion photoshoots. How did that come about?

The drawings over my images were little exercises I gave myself. I started drawing over them to give the shots more life and playfulness. Since I love illustration and animation it was the perfect combination.

Can you tell me a little bit about The Panda Rabbit and Glow the Unicorn?

Both The Panda Rabbit and Glow The Unicorn were created from personal projects I gave myself. I love storytelling and creating worlds and these characters allow me to be escape a little and elevate my creativity.

How did you come up with these characters?

In my early twenties I found myself working long hours and was watching a lot of TV. The Panda Rabbit is a bit of a recluse and is obsessed with his television so he was a bit inspired by my younger days. Glow The Unicorn is about living your ultimate extra life. Now that I am a little older I take better care of myself and every day I grow as an artist I find myself feeling more confident in what I’m doing.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.

Would you say there's an overarching theme in your work?

I would say my work is whimsical. My personal projects are sometimes a reflection on how I’m feeling. It’s usually character driven and the scene is colorful but I love the contrast in adding a bit of darkness to the mood.

What do you want people to take away from your art?

I want to let people see the fun and passion I have for my art. If the project is not fun, what’s the point.

What are your biggest influences? Are there any artists who you look up to?

Cartoons, animation, and pop culture are a huge influence in my work. I love Hayao Miyazaki, Murakami, Tim Walker, Tim Burton, Michel Gondry, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol and Botticelli.

What's your favorite type of art that you do?

I think character development and animation is my favorite part of my art because I love seeing things being brought to life.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.

Image courtesy of Randy D. Rosario.