High Artist Spotlight: Cine Sin Lata

Carlos Rodriguez is the man behind "Cine Sin Lata", a project that started way back in 2004, when he was still a college student in Caracas, Venezuela, working his way through his Arts degree, where he specialized in film.
Back then it was just him and fellow students making really –really– low budget short films, going to film festivals, organizing small movie projections on any available classroom with VHS tapes or DVD copies of their favorites (or recently found and quickly admired) filmmakers. "Cine Sin Lata" literally means “Film without a can” in Spanish. No budget, 100% attitude. Carlos coined the term and made the crew's logo and some animations for it, going back to his first artistic interest: illustration. His mother is a water colorist and taught him all the basic drawing and painting techniques back when he was just a kid.
Afterwards, Carlos went through a lot of different working experiences: bookstore clerk, newspaper and magazine articles writer, bouncy castles operator, hot dog’s cook, even an English teacher. Until he landed into what now is his main source of income: television, where he started as a freelance video editor and, almost two decades later, has evolved into a creative manager job.
But it wasn't until his moving to Spain in 2014 that he brought back that "Cine Sin Lata" spirit and finally poured it into his oldest passion, making himself a self taught Adobe illustrator enthusiast while resuming all the classic techniques: ink, acrylic, pencils, markers even graffiti... basically everything he can make a drawing with.
His style can be summoned as a mixture of classic art, b movies and psychedelic posters, comic books (specially old 1950's horror) and a lot of weird stuff.
We recently caught up with Cine Sin Lata after High Art 2023 to learn more about his most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

Movies, series, books, people and everything around me basically.

Why do you do what you do?

It would be impossible to not do what I do, it's nature.

What art/artist do you most identify with?

Tupac Shakur

What themes do you pursue the most?

Horror, Dark Comedy, Movies

What role does an artist have in society?

Inspire, inquire, construct, abolish, but mostly, remember.

What is your artistic outlook on life?

Nobody knows what an art piece final consequence will be, what it might inspire or generate, and so is our life.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Start now.

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.

Tupac "Me against the world", Everything but the girl "Love not money", Boards of Canada "Turquoise Hexagon Sun"

What's the best thing about being an artist?

Meeting other artists... and I guess making cool stuff every now and then.

What is your dream project?

What I'm doing right now, but reaching a lot more people.