High Artist Spotlight: Calebe Alves
Calebe Alves (IG: @calebe.art) is a Brazilian visual artist. He does illustrations, murals and also 2D animation. He works with many mediums, but is partial to traditional ones, enjoying the experience, feel of texture, the smell of his materials, and getting his hands dirty. He is constantly seeking to improve his skills, experimenting with new techniques for each project that he works on.
We recently caught up with Calebe after High Art 2022 to learn more about his most recent inspirations:
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
Always keep connected with nature, meditation, travels, philosophy and love.
Why do you do what you do?
Because I believe that art is a powerful tool for social transformation. I think that we should always try to build a better world and art is precisely what gives us the direction in that sense. Being an artist is having the ability to reflect on the world and being able to dive within yourself to generate beauty, new perspectives and new ideas. And so make the world a little bit better!
What art/artist do you most identify with?
Alex Grey, Roger Dean, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Moebius, Norman Rockwell, M.C. Escher, Alphonse Mucha, Gustave Doré
What themes do you pursue the most?
Nature, human being, spirituality, dreams and mythological archetypes.
What role does an artist have in society?
To use the power of creativity to bring beauty, new understandings and new experiences to the collective through his point of view.
What is your artistic outlook on life?
I always seek to be surrounded by people I admire and who inspire me (artists or not). I like to be always learning new things and overcoming my own limits. I make art my craft, but the most important thing is that I inspire other people to bring out the best in them! And I'm super happy to see so many amazing artists conquering the world!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
There is hope!
Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, tell us your favorite song and artist.
Pedra Branca, Masaladosa, Kaya Project, Pnau, Yma Sumac, Deep Forest, Enigma, Dead can Dance, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Les Fragments de la Nuit, Lun, Stravinsky.
What's the best thing about being an artist?
The ability to shape the craziest ideas. Connect deeply with myself. Being able to express what is indescribable in words and touch people's hearts.
What is your dream project?
A long movie (or a serie) in psychedelic animation with very great visuals and very nice music.