Meet our Guests: Artist Rodrigo Troitiño
“Challenges makes me happy. The challenges I set for myself, moving to London and start over again for example. They make me feel like I still have a long journey in front of me. And of course producing art makes me happy as well as satisfying my basic needs: eat good food, drink what like to drink etc. and listening to good music; classical music, old jazz and gypsy swing among many others.”
The words come from Brazilian artist, Rodrigo Troitiño, who is currently exhibiting his art project The Unknown Good Feelings Portraits at Ziferblat London. The art project consists of talking to participants for 20 minutes during which Troitiño draws inspired by the conversation.
Troitiño just moved to London and with him this peculiar interactive art project using hatching technique with ink stencils and oil pastels creating portraits of good feelings.
Ziferblat’s Mille had her own portrait done which is exhibited as part of The Unknown Good Feelings Portraits. You can book an appointment with Rodrigo Troitiño and have your own good feelings portrait done for 10 pounds!
Mille met up with Rodrigo to hear more about the project and what defines happiness to him. Read the interview below:
Mille: In your own words, what is your project about?
R: The very basic is to do this drawing inspired by conversation. The subject is about good feelings, hence the title, The Unknowns’ Good Feelings Portrait Project. The main objective is to make piece of art for this person to have it pinned on to the wall; I like to describe it as a fountain of good feelings to the wall.
This project is very personal. I have a professional background in advertisement and I like to travel and meet new people and with this project, I can combine my two passions. When I’m drawing these portraits, I’m doing a kind of brainstorm, which you could say is related to the way you work when you’re in the advertisement business. Practicing my brainstorming skills is really good for me The other thing which is good about this project is it allows me to meet people. I used to go for couchsurfing meetings, where I was able to meet people from all over the world and chat about everything.
M: Part of your project is learning what makes people happy, but what is happiness to you?
R: Challenges makes me happy, the challenges I set for myself, moving to London and start over again for example. They make me feel like I still have a long journey in front of me. And of course producing art makes me happy as well as satisfying my basic needs: eat good food, drink what like to drink etc. and listening to good music; classical music, old jazz and gypsy swing among many others.
M: If you could draw your own portrait what would it look like?
R: I can show you?
M: Yea, that’s a good idea!
Since 2004, Rodrigo Troitiño, 34 years old, has worked with acrylics and stencils applied over not usual materials as wood and craft paper creating unique pieces with street art aspect that overflow good energies. Since 1999 he has been participating of collective and solo exhibitions in U.S., Brazil, Spain, Russia, Finland and UK. From his travels around the World he brings in his luggage a fresh project called “The Unknown Good Feelings Portraits“.
The Brazilian artist’s sappy project contemplates the exhibition of his art produced at Ziferblat. This will be the Sixth edition of this singular art event that already happened in Barcelona, Brazil, Moscow, Finland and by the Camino de Santiago (Spain).
The Unknown’s Good Feelings Portraits – Interactive art intervention and Exhibition
Experience/Portrait: £ 10
By appointment only: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information: www.troi.to/london