We spoke to Brazilian visual artist extraordinaire Heitor Magno, who divulged the inspirations behind his eye-catching photo manipulations. Although well known for his Glitch Art series, Magno’s portfolio is extensive and charmingly-quirky.
Dash Majesty: For those who aren’t familiar, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Heitor Magno: Hi, my name is Heitor Magno. I am a Brazilian visual artist who works with paint, photographs, digital, installations, video and performance.
DM: Would you ever consider travelling elsewhere for your work?
HM: In the digital age, the artist has the obligation to be everywhere at the same time. I work on projects both inside and outside of Brazil.
DM: You work in a number of mediums – film, photographic manipulation, paintings – but which one of these do you prefer?
HM: I like everything! It all depends on the phase I’m going through – I like to try new technological things.
DM: Is there a specific piece of equipment you like to use when creating?
HM: Not specifically. I think it’s always important to work on the ideas I’m feeling “in the moment”, from the challenge of using old techniques in a new to way to re-readings.
DM: You regularly blend the human body with natural imagery – may we ask why this is?
HM: I have no idea how the ideas come to me, they just appear in my head. I take everything from what I experience. If I spend time in a hippie village, the photos will be more related to nature; if I went to the middle of the city, the photos would be more focused on the architecture. I allow myself to become fully acquainted with the places I visit – the photos are the result of these experiences.
DM: Do you have a favourite artist or collective?
HM: Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and many others.
You can take a look at more of Heitor Magno’s spellbinding works, during company time, on Instagram.