Beachroad Magazine headed to Madrid to meet up with one of our favourite artists and all around nice guy Manu Campa. Manu graduated in Fine Arts in UCM (Madrid) in 2008 working from his studio in Madrid his paintings focus on vintage automobiles and bicycles, light, reflections and a retro feel. Manu also restores vintage motorcycles and cruises the streets of Madrid in his 1953 Oval window VW Bug.
MANU ANSWERS THE BEACHROAD MAGAZINE Q&A //
NAME? // Manu Campa.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Painter.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // Painter.
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE ART SCENE IN MADRID AND WHICH ARTISTS EXCITE YOU? // I have been selling my work in this city for a very long time, but my works also sell across Germany, France, American and the UAE.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THE ART WORLD WAS FOR YOU? // When I was a kid and drawing fascinated me.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My wife and daughter.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Losing my loved ones.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Riding a bike and crashing when I was four years old.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // I don't have any, i just keep like as a daily challenge.
YOUR FAVOURITE PRESENT DAY CAR? // I am not a fan of new cars.
YOUR FAVOURITE VINTAGE CAR? // My 1953 VW Beetle.
YOUR FAVOURITE CYCLING BRAND? // Bianchi, the greatest.
ARE YOU A MOTORSPORT FAN? IF SO PLEASE TELL US MORE? // Yes I am. There is something about engines running that I have always loved. The smell and sound, Life to the limit. Any YourTube video, From supercar testing to old rotary engines gets my attention straight away, I cannot help it.
YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST? // Richard Estes maybe. But this changes every couple of months, there are so many great artists.
YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY? // MARLBOROUGH.
IF YOU OWNED A GALLERY WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? I am not sure.
IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARTIST WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? // Working on classic cars.
IF YOU WERE ONLY ALLOWED 2 COLOURS TO WORK WITH FOR THE REST OF TIME WHAT WOULD THEY BE? // Black and white.
DO YOU GET CREATIVE BLOCK? // Not that often.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE WITH AN ARTWORK? // Working for specific clients can make things harder. which is why I do not take on commissions these days..
WHAT ART DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH? // Realism from the 1950's to 1970's.
WHAT PIECE OF WORK HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? // Painting large scale Porsche painting with many reflections.
ANY ARTWORK YOU HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO SELL? // No its always hard but its how I choose to live.
ART ASIDE, WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Riding my car or classic bikes, I love that.
WHERE IS YOUR DREAM STUDIO LOCATION? // Maybe in Amsterdam, its an amazing city.
WHO IS YOUR GREATEST FASHION INFLUENCE? // None at all.
IF YOU COULD OWN ANY ARTWORK WHAT WOULD IT BE? // An Edward Hopper painting.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY ARTIST ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // Salvador Dali, A genius.
YOU CAN SPEND A DAY WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING, WHO WOULD IT BE. BASQUIAT, HOCKNEY, HIRST, WARHOL, BACON, BANKSY OR HARING? // David Hockney. How many paintings did he sell? Amazing.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // An old bicycle.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Enjoy every minute.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Being impatient.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Egotism.
FAVOURITE MUSIC // Bon Iver. LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Jenny and the Mexicats.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Brooklyn Follies.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // That one.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Not yet.
FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // Canada.
LEAST FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // London.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Driving my bug.
BEACH OR DESERT? // None.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Rural.
CATS OR DOGS? // None.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // My wife.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Her as well.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Enjoy every minute.