Interview: Robin Luigi

Today we’re joined by Robin Luigi. Robin is a wonderful visual artist from New Zealand. He’s currently studying in art school. Robin does both traditional and digital art. It’s clear he’s a dedicated and passionate artist with a bright future ahead of him, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

So, I’m a Visual Arts student and I make art that ranges
from: Traditional illustrations and Paintings to Digital works. I try to
include LGBTQIA+ themes and content when I can.

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from a range of different sources, most
often from something I see in the world. I have a fondness for colour theory
and I usually get inspiration from a colour I see. Sometimes it can be a number
of colours and I use them as a starting point for the tone of my work. One of
my favourite places to get inspiration is from the people in my life (be it in
person, or over the internet via selfies or photos) and if I meet a new friend,
making art of this person helps me to understand them better.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always enjoyed making things with my hands and because
I find it a lot easier to draw/illustrate things, than I do with
writing/calculating things and that became quite obvious to me, that this was
where my strength was.

Having said that, I never really considered myself as an
Artist and, though I guess there isn’t really a better description than that, I
don’t always considered myself as one. I like the term Art Student as I
identify with the idea that I am always learning about bigger and better
things. Often, when I refer to myself as an artist it’s only because most
people know the context of my ideas and interests.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I don’t think I do? If I do, I don’t do it consciously or
intentionally. I really like that idea however and I always admire artists that
have their little mark or feature. I personally don’t have the capacity to be
so consistent. Unfortunately.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Oh, man. I am not really the most eloquent person but I’ll
give it a wack:

The best advice I could give would be, Go for it –
unapologetically, Art is what you make it. And I don’t just mean you should be
making stuff from nothing, I am saying if you see something/a concept that you
think isn’t working or you can see a way to improve it, go for it, change it
up. That’s an important and valid creative endeavour. Reminds me of a quote,
from a great movie from my childhood:

“When something’s not working right, the best thing to do is
tear it apart to make it better” – Drop Dead Fred.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m a Trans-guy and I don’t experience sexual
attraction/identify as asexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I personally haven’t had to deal with ace prejudice or
ignorance as I usually don’t disclose my sexuality to people often because I
don’t view it as a major part of my life. If I did, I would assess the
situation and perhaps educate whomever it was that needed to be enlightened.

Although I do make art related to sexual themes, there is a
few times where I have made (in my opinion) regular pieces of work and people
have given feedback about the sensual undertones, to which I apologise, or ask
for further explanation. It’s not really ignorance but I felt that it was an
interesting point to add because quite often, art means different things to
different people and it always surprises me when people make that association.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

As I mentioned previously I am kind of a closet asexual to
mostly everyone I know so It’s not often a topic of discussion, but I remember
in high school we weren’t educated on non-heterosexual issues (this was 2009 or
so) and during health class, while the teacher wasn’t in the room, we all
talked about what we knew about gay and lesbian activities. Because I had
previously researched into queer issues, I had to give a small talk on
asexuality. Which got some comments of “that’s not a real thing” and “just
means they can’t get it up” but that’s the extent of it.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

As I say, I am not the best at advice but I am going to go
with:

You have all the time in the world to figure yourself out
and don’t feel like you owe it to anyone else to do so. Also, if you don’t want
to fit into a box at all, that’s fine too. Be yourself, Love yourself.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I have an art-based Facebook page that
has a lot of my work on it. I also have a Tumblr and Instagram where I post art
sometimes, however, these are my personal blogs and I may also post personal
things and other unrelated things. Most of the time, it’s just things I like or
think is funny. Anyway, so the Facebook page is probably the most saturated
place to view my art.

Thank you, Robin, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.