Kristopher Raos, aka Raossance, gave an exclusive interview with us this week. We discovered his work online and thought his application of spray into his paint work was dope. Find out more about the artist behind the art.
Where did you grow up?
Central California (Bakersfield, mostly). But I lived a few years in Mexico City when I was younger. I feel that's where some of the most inspirational times in my childhood.
When did you get into art and why?
I have always had an interest in drawing and painting since I was a kid, but my parents never let me do it because they thought it was a waste of time. It wasn't until I was sixteen and living on my own when I got to explore my creative self.
I spent a couple years doing music but did not feel like that avenue was for me. I was eighteen at the time when I thought that making paintings would be more fulfilling. At the same time, I was spray painting. I focused a good portion of my time on making graffiti work and made an occasional painting here and there, but it was not until a few years ago that I started focusing on studio work.
What would you say are some big influences to your creative process?
In terms of influences, I would say my fiance. She's a fashion designer and a very hard working and organized person. A million other things can be said about having her in my life and how being around her profession and herself has influenced my work, but I will keep it brief.
Also, riding my bicycle in the city helps me be in a sort of peaceful and meditative state of mind. On those rides, I tend to photograph things that inspire my work, both in color and in composition. I don't work from photo but if I see something I like in my day-to-day travels, I photograph it for future reference.
How do you take your coffee?
With a splash of almond milk
Walk us through a day in the life of Kristopher Raos.
Everyday is a little different, but I usually wake up and take my pups out for a walk then maybe pick up a book and read a little or draw before I get my day started.
I split my time between a part time job and making art work as of now. But I usually try to utilize most moments, whether at work or on my free time to come up with new ideas for my work.
How would you describe your style/what do you seek to express with your work.
I have slowly been moving away from a direct representational style into paintings that are two dimensional and mostly flat. I do employ some textures and techniques that I use in my spray work. But the focus has been mainly on color and visual form.
What type of music do you listen to? Which song are you most obsessed with currently?
It's been a while since i've really made a point to find new music or follow any music movements, but it ranges from Notorious B.I.G., to Frank Zappa to the XX, Fugees, and Queen. Honestly, it's a bit scattered. I'm currently listening and forgive me in advance 'The Life of Pablo.'
Any future projects in the works?
I am currently working on a group show that will collaborate with my partner on our brand, Return to Sender, and our friend OG23. The show will be called The Changing Room and it will be at Haphazardgallery from August 8th-September 6th.