An Interview with Erikson Aponte
Venezuelan artist and designer Erikson Aponte is obsessed with digital retouching and fashion photography. In an often surreal yet high beauty world, the artist continues to challenge commercial fashion imagery through heavily distorted post-production and colour grading.
"Please start by telling us about yourself."
My name is Erikson Aponte, I am a 25 year old Venezuelan currently living in Spain. I left my country and family because of the complicated situation in my home country. I began making digital art 4 years ago and it has since become a therapy and sense of tranquility for me day to day.
"Art-as-therapy is extremely important. How do you define yourself as an artist?"
I studied and now work in graphic design but I also consider myself to be a photographer and art director.
"Colour theory seems to be a key feature in your work, could you tell us more about the role of colour when creating?"
Colour and form is something that is very harmonious to me and necessary for my desire to create. Colour is fundamental to the work as it allows me to transmit the emotions of my life into art. My work is a reflection of my personality and the use of colour is often descriptive to my mood whilst creating.
"Why make heavily over produced work that is surreal, what do you hope for your audience to feel when they see your work?"
Surrealism for me, is mystery, it's order within chaos. Ultimately, surrealism is a way to generate questions about unconscious emotions which I aim to explore from a personal perspective through my images.
"The role of women is deeply engrained in surrealism, what draws you to represent women in the way that you do?"
Women are always key in my work, ultimately I am interested in beauty which is why colour and models are extremely important to the work.