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Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition


Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive  Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition
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In a world often colored in shades of gray, the artistry of Ismael Costa bursts forth in a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues and vivid emotions, painting narratives that speak to souls across ages and borders. In the heart of Monteux, within the collaborative haven of La Traversée des Arts, Costa crafts masterpieces that are a testament to a life deeply intertwined with art. We had the privilege to sit down with the visionary artist, delving into the nuances of his creative journey and exploring the brilliant mind that guides the hand painting stories in bold strokes of color and movement.


Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive  Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition

The Journey from Comics to Canvas

Retro Kolkata : Ismael, your journey as an artist began at a young age, with your passion for drawing and comics. Could you share more about your early influences and what drew you to the arts initially?

Ismael: The transition from comics to painting occurred naturally. Unlike comics, painting allows me to express myself within one and the same "box". To provide references, I believe I was influenced, like many, by impressionist painters and others like Klimt and Turner.

New Beginnings in Monteux

Retro Kolkata : You moved to the south of France and opened your artistic business in Monteux after working as an illustrator in Paris. What prompted this shift in focus towards pictorial creation?

Ismael: The communication agency for which I drew in Paris (Alpha Media) closed its doors and I was going to become the father of my first daughter. My partner and I had decided to return to the south of France. To ensure financial income, I worked in decoration painting while trying to break into comics and responding to portrait orders. One day a neighbor invited me to participate in a small group exhibition. I presented 3 paintings and the enthusiasm of the public aged 7 to 77 made me want to continue on this path and give up comics. It was much later that I arrived in the town of Monteux for which I made several "trompe-l'oeil" paintings.


Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive  Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition
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Finding Childhood Emotion in Art

Retro Kolkata : Over the past two decades, you've dedicated yourself to creating beautiful paintings. Can you share a bit about your daily creative process and how you keep your artistic motivation alive?

Ismael: I try to rediscover the emotion of my childhood when I paint. This is my primary motivation, I believe.

Exploring Varied Artistic Mediums

Retro Kolkata : Your work demonstrates a strong command of a variety of mediums – from acrylic paints to aerosols and oil pastels. How do you decide which medium to use for a particular piece, and what do you enjoy most about each one?

Ismael: I always try to surprise myself; I don't limit myself to any boundaries. I experiment with different "tricks," and if they work, that's great. Each medium has its unique characteristics, offering a different and complementary note of flavor.


Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive  Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition
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The Power of a Creative Community

Retro Kolkata : Your studio is located in La Traversée des Arts, amongst a collective of artists and craftsmen. How does this environment influence your work, and what benefits do you find in working within a creative community?

Ismael: It is first and foremost affinities that are created or not between individuals. Then of course between artists we talk about the same concerns.

Comics: A Stepping Stone to Portraiture

Retro Kolkata : Looking back to your early days of comic book drawing, how do you think this genre has influenced your current artistic style and approach to portraiture?

Ismael: Comics are all about creating characters and telling stories. I paint in the same state of mind. But it is up to everyone to imagine the stories by looking at the paintings.


Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive  Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition
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Color as a Conduit of Emotion

Retro Kolkata : Your palette is known for its frank and varied tones. How do you approach color in your work, and what role does it play in conveying the themes and emotions in your art?

Ismael: My painting is grounded in emotion. The expressions of the characters are certainly a part of it, but increasingly, they serve more as a pretext to play with color and movement.

Encouragement for Aspiring Artists

Retro Kolkata : As an established artist, what advice would you give to young, aspiring artists who are just beginning to explore their creative potential?

Ismael: It is difficult to give advice. We each have our own story. I think you have to listen to yourself and not hesitate to express what you feel whatever the artistic discipline. After that...good luck!


Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive  Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition
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The Future Canvas: What Lies Ahead

Retro Kolkata : Looking ahead, are there any new themes, techniques, or projects that you are excited to explore in your future work? Can you share a bit about what's next for Ismael Costa?

Ismael: The abstract backgrounds of my paintings are becoming more and more important. I continue to paint characters but I think I may be tempted one day to make them disappear in order to express myself only with color and movement.


Painting Life in Vivid Hues: Exclusive  Interview with Ismael Costa - Retro Kolkata Global Edition
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As we concluded our interview, it became ever apparent that the brilliance of Ismael Costa is not merely in the colors he chooses or the strokes he crafts, but in the continuous journey of evolution and exploration. With an unfettered spirit and an ever-curious mind, Costa paints not just canvases, but the vivid tapestries of life itself, inviting viewers to become a part of his vibrant narrative. In a world in desperate need of color and passion, Costa's canvas beckons, promising a journey into the vibrant depths of human emotion and the beautiful landscapes that lie just beyond the frames of his paintings.


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