One of Team Beachroads favourite sights is the BicyCamel mural on Beachroad we meet Mr Sanchez for a coffee and chat. Ruben Sanchez was born and raised in Madrid, then adopted by Barcelona, his unique style and vibrant coloured artworks now dot the Dubai landscape thanks to his residency at Tashkeel Gallery.
NAME? // Ruben Sanchez.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Sandwich man promoting a new cafeteria.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Artist.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Anna, my family and skateboarding.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Getting stuck in an elevator.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // 1982. It was my third birthday. I got a huge pencil as a gift, got mad and went crying to a room.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My father, for his values and persistence.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A cute little plant on a cool concrete pot from London.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Follow your heart, not your brain or your pocket.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Bad recent memory.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Greed.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // I'd like it to be Andy Garcia for example, but it would probably end up with Ben Stiller.
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Depends on the mood, mostly hip-hop, flamenco and psychedelic rock. My playlist would blow up any healthy brain.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // One by Montse Cortes, flamenco singer. A thousand years ago.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // The Godfather, by Mario Puzo.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // A Wild Sheep Chase, by Murakami.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // The special things of a quotidian life.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Once I was drifting with my bicycle in the rain in Barcelona, then I slipped and my head end up a couple of centimeters away from the wheel of a bus which was passing by. I have a few ones: last minute stomach surgeries, assaults.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Menorca, Spain.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Gatwick Airport
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Playing guitar or riding my Bianchi.
WHY DUBAI? // Tashkeel invited me to come as a guest artist, I happily agreed. A good decision.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Kind of. Not a fitness freak but I like to be active.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Desert.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Love both.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Everything.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Onion.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Don't try to impress anyone, try to impress yourself.