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Check out Martin Escalante’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Martin Escalante.

Martin, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story is a work in progress. Since painting random doodles on the wall as a child to trying to be ¨cool¨ and drawing type on my room as a teenager, my relationship with art goes on. But around high school is the time when I realized for certain that art was going to be a permanent part of my life. As I took the International Baccalaureate program, I was able to choose art as a main subject and I got to explore different aspects of it and have a unique perspective around my creativity. Although I believe that the most important growth of my creative path is studying graphic design in college because I got to develop a range of skills that allow me to create a diverse body of work.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Personally I don’t see myself as an artist but as a designer. Therefore, my work includes different areas such as poster design, typography experimentation, fashion illustration and analog collage making. My creative approach tries to complement digital and manual work. I strongly believe that is a necessary to incorporate a manual process to design. There is not a specific message, my work is more of an outlet for me to fully express my personal perspective on things. The inspiration behind changes accordingly to the field for example in illustration is Egon Schiele and René Gruau, while for poster design is street culture and European design. Overall, I think my work is constantly evolving so it is unexpected.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Art has become more of an internet phenomenon and is no longer a traditional space exclusive for a certain group of people. I believe that is very ambiguous to say if it’s easier or harder nowadays, because in some aspects such as diffusion is easier but it’s a double-edged situation since people can easily replicate your work or use it without your consent. I believe that every city has its different needs and issues. In my case, I live in Lima, Peru and art is an expanding reality. Media should focus on upcoming artists and help with overall exposure. Also, public administration should create programs or contests for creatives to grow.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My main diffusion channel is my Instagram but I mainly showcase illustration and quick type experiments there. For graphic design work such as branding or editorial design, you can check my behance portfolio. Also, you can commission my work via mail, whether is for design inquiry or illustration.

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