Raphaël Vicenzi is a multi-media artist, known as @mydeadpony on Instagram, who creates abstract collage artworks. In the exclusive interview with The 7th Magazine‘s blog, Luxury Chapters, Raphaël details his inspiration from fashion editorials, abstract paintings, loud music, photography & visual arts.
How has growing up in Charleroi inspired your career today?
I think it helped me to want to get out of that place as fast as possible and try to achieve something worthwhile. And yet I am fond of the city and the people still living there. I love those industrial factories, these depressing streets and abandoned places overrun by vegetation. Living there made me realize that you could find beauty in sadness, decay and black smoke.
Tell us about your abstract artwork & the process in which you create?
I try to start as many works as I can, cutting things here and there until an image triggers feelings that I try to capture as best as I can. They’re snapshots of my mental state at the time. A visual landscape of all my feelings and moods. I need to find some resonance with what I am working to find the missing pieces that will complete the work. It’s never easy but I always enjoy the moment where it finally clicks and everything fits together.
In the bio on your website you describe also being inspired, amongst other interests, by loud music. What genre of music do you create to best, and why?
I am into a lot of black metal, doom, stoner rock, post punk, noise, ambient, techno and way too many other genres. I have a hard time to listen to only one genre of music when I am working so I easily shift from one band to the next depending on my mood. There is not one kind music that helps me create, after a while I just start to get into that zone where I only pay attention to my own thoughts and feelings.
For your artwork, there’s an immense mix of visually visionary multimedia, is this your creative version to showcase your photography?
I mostly collage pictures from magazines and I do add my own textures or photography. I try to rework images until they fit into my own idea of what they should look like.
What is the visual arts scene like in Brussels where you currently reside?
I think it’s pretty alive but I am not in contact at all with the scene over here.
Where do you see your artwork in the near future? Would you be interested in collaborating with major publications ?
I would like to collaborate more with fashion brands and magazines for sure. I am always open to work with anyone who’d be interested in my own way of seeing things. I can bring a different perspective and that’s something I keep trying to develop.