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Tomaz Favilla is an exceptionally talented Brazilian artist who was born in Rio de Janeiro, raised in London and now resides in São Paulo, Brazil. Favilla states that the city has had a huge impact on his creative process and credits “this basin of human ‘progress’, this metropolis of 22 million people, this labyrinth of streets and buildings where concrete co-habits with the tropical climate…” with the inspiration for creating his stunning new media works of art which underline his belief that “nature always finds a way to be heard, seen and felt, no matter how much asphalt we use…” All images of his current work start with an original photo, which is then digitally edited.
Tomaz Favilla graduated in Music and Visual Arts at Brighton University in the United Kingdom and studied fine art at the Panamericana School of Art and Design, in São Paulo. He has exhibited in Brazil (with abstract works painted in acrylic) at PARTE - Feira de Arte Contemporanea de São Paulo and the UK with an interactive installation piece (“This is not an Exit”) which explored altering states of consciousness by inducing the feelings and thoughts of paranoia and schizophrenia upon the audience.
His incredible new work delves deep into image editing and he has discovered not only an art form, but a passion”
-COEUR Show, New York, 2016
How would you describe your photographic style? Do you follow a set of rules when you shoot?
It all begins with a picture I take, then digitally manipulate……My style is varied, i focus on my surroundings. Since I live in a very urban environment, I look for simple, mundane or banal things in which to capture their beauty or potential distortion. My work has been described by some as Lysergic.
Any photographers you particularly admire?
My father. He has taught me that to use a camera teaches you how to look without a camera, that in every scene there are infinite angles to view from and that beauty can be also be found in its perceived opposite. I also greatly admire Brazilian photographer Pedro Rocha (insta: pedrorocha2013) for his technique and impeccable timing and seemingly ease in which he captures magical frozen moments in time. I also follow on Instagram Dmitry (@dmtrishi). I find his way of looking at and framing the world fascinating in its complicated and studied simplicity.
What inspires you to shoot?
One must believe that there is beauty in this world in order to continue surviving in it. I strive to look for beauty in the unexpected, as well as in the oft overlooked mundane banality of our daily life. The urban wires and the disjointed branches of a tree fighting and wrestling with each other through the man-made concrete is symbolic of our very own human condition and our relationship with our habitat. This struggle of balance between nature and our imposition upon it has a huge influence in my work.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Believe in what you are doing. Don't stop until you get that tingling feeling all over that screams, yes, this is what I wanted to create! Then take a break, clear your head. And repeat.
Where do you currently live and work?
São Paulo, Brazil
What did you study – and how I got into photography?
I studied Music and Visual Art at the University of Brighton, UK and Fine Arts at the PanAmerican School of Art and Design in Sao Paulo, Brazil..
Any cool projects you’re currently working on?
Currently working on a project called Arte & Cevada, which translates to Art & Malt, which brings together art and craft beer for people to enjoy these two art forms, while raising awareness of artists involved and raising money for FADA, a charity working with autistic children in Sao Paulo.
Please finish these sentences:
I can't live without… hope.
My greates inspiration in the world is… the possibility of endless forms of perception.
I will never forget… kindness.
MAVA Degree Show, Brighton UK, with an Interactive installation entitled “This is not an Exit; An immersive experiment in schizophrenia and paranoia”
Feira PARTE, Sao Paulo Brazil
Album Cover art for band, Waves of Joy
Artwork as theme for COUER Show, NY and LA, USA
Liquid Sky Berlin Magazine, Berlin, Germany