Name: Adrian Faber
Age: 35 år
Occupation: Artist & Graphic designer
City: Stockholm, Sweden (Currently in Mallorca)
I’m Adrian, an artist and graphic designer from Stockholm currently living in Mallorca. My journey toward working as an independent artist started around two years ago. At the time I was running a UX-design studio with a good friend in Stockholm. And then - bang. The pandemic hit and business went down. So we decided to take a break. It was almost like a sign from the universe because it turned out we both needed to do our own thing. I started drawing again and connected with that part of myself that had been in hibernation for many years.
"I guess I have the pandemic to thank for being where I am today"
What connection do you have to your art? ..
I’ve always been intrigued by elements of contrast and odd combinations. Not only visually but also culturally and in life in general. I think that it goes back as far as my childhood. I grew up with two extremely contrasting parents, a catholic mother, and a hippie father.
Another source of inspiration is experiencing new places and cultures for sure. Traveling and so on. Moving to Mallorca has been great in that sense, giving a city boy like me new perspectives, not only living on an island in the middle of the ocean but also living in a small village, which I always dreamt of weirdly enough ever since I was a kid.
Why Do You Make This Type of Art?
The short answer is that It's not entirely a conscious decision for me. I just do whatever comes out. I often have a concept or theme that I create around but I like to leave the process very loose and intuition-based and my starting point often happens at a subconscious level. That's probably one of the reasons my work has a lot of abstract elements in it.
"I spend a lot of time playing with my son at the beach. And we often build things out of sand like kids love to do. Building a society without art would probably be like making a castle out of dry sand. It will never work without the sand being wet. You need moisture. That's kind of what I think art is to society"
What Does Your Artwork Represent?
I guess it depends on what kind of project I'm working on. I like to work within a framework of a concept or a theme.
In practice, there are certain recurring elements that I can directly connect to myself as a person. Like organic shapes, contrasting elements, movement, different states of transformation, and so on. These are all things based on ideas and feelings that are important to me in some way.
What is your technique?
Most of my work so far has been created digitally with some analog elements mixed into it. When I first started out I mostly used Adobe Illustrator for digital art but that was before I discovered Procreate. And I gotta say WOW, it completely blew me away how intuitive it was for drawing.
When is your favorite time to create?
Normally it would be at night. But since my son was born it has changed to whenever the opportunity presents itself haha.
Short term plans -
"I'm looking forward to getting my unfinished studio ready and going more analog with painting and sculptures"
Long term plans-
I would say, living the best life I can, devoting my time to the things that mean the most to me. My family, friends, and living as a creator.
What’s the meaning behind your new collection?
Vida Balear, meaning Balearic life, is digestion of my experience moving to Mallorca and starting a life here. It's inspired by the island's different characteristics, places, and people that I’ve encountered so far. I hardly knew anything about the island before I moved here. So there has been a lot of exploration and there still is.
How would you define yourself in three colors?
The best piece of advice you’ve received?
“Time for everything”
What would you like to be remembered for?
I hope I will live long enough to create things worthy of remembrance.
What do you love most about your art?
Favorite place to view art?
I think the art itself is more important than the place it is viewed.
Except maybe for when I visit an artists studio and also get to see how and where they work.
Describe how art is important to society?
I spend a lot of time playing with my son at the beach. And we often build things out of sand like kids love to do. Building a society without art would probably be like making a castle out of dry sand. It will never work without the sand being wet. You need moisture. That's kind of what I think art is to society.