Arnau Sanz (Barcelona, 1984) is mainly a comic book artist. I got hooked on his peculiar style and stories a while back, and luckily I’ve been able to keep track of him since he moved from my hometown (Málaga) up to now, thanks to our mutual friends and music – At the moment Arnau plays in Mujeres, but has been in bands such as Heads and Heads and Reaction-Reaction-. When I started with the La Colectiva project, he was one of the first people that came to my mind.
Raquel Go combines her job as a textile graphic designer with exploring other artistic avenues which give her a stronger sense of fulfillment. Her work, where she highlights a reinterpretation of still life, is filled with elements of her personal life, simultaneously serving the artist as therapy. Despite being somewhat autobiographical in nature, her art connects with ease with that generation born between the 80s and 90s, the generation of Internet, Whatsapp and all those counter cultural references in music, literature and aesthetics. Due to the musical influences and political principles reflected in her work, she couldn’t not be in La Colectiva. Learn more about Raquel’s nostalgia-infused millennial art and genre paintings in this interview.
“What art can do is create different spaces where we can feel safer, and offer alternatives to apathy, absurd and rampant capitalism”.
Manu has been one of my favourite Spanish artists for years and I’m lucky enough to consider him a friend and to have collaborated with him on several projects. Perhaps the most important being all the artwork related to my band, Wild Animals, something that’s made him as he mentions in the interview, the fourth member of the group. His naive style plays with impossible situations and the absurd, subtly carrying a dose of social criticism and a vision of the world that we share and I totally love. Due to this naturally, he had to be in La Colectiva!