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  ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

PLAMEN STAMATOV


Tell​ ​us​ ​about​ ​yourself.​ ​Where​ ​did​ ​you​ ​grow​ ​up​ ​and​ ​how​ ​did​ ​you​ ​find​ ​yourself​ ​interested in​ ​design​ ​and​ ​sewing?​ ​Was​ ​there​ ​a​ ​pivotal​ ​moment​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​remember?

I'm a self-taught 22 years old artist. I love the surreal and the creative. I love movies like “Back To The Future” and sci-fi video games.

I grew up in a beautiful, small and ancient state in Eastern Europe-Bulgaria. I’ve had an interest in design since childhood. Everyone told me I had talent and I had to develop it. So I did. I followed the steps to becoming a graphic designer. I started teaching myself 3D software a year ago. It is difficult when you are self-taught, it takes time, but nothing is impossible.

People often attribute nostalgia to A E S T H E T I C and Vaporwave. Why do you believe this is such a powerful force for so many people? How do you translate that feeling into your pieces?

Nostalgia is a beautiful feeling. It clears the mind of bad thoughts. If people feel good when they create Vaporwave music, art, etc. then let them do it. Creation is the best medicine for the mind, especially when people love and feel inspired by your work.

What inspires you the most about creating your artwork and what kind of image or idea are you ultimately trying to convey to your audience?

The answer is simple. I'm inspired by new ideas and old style, which I try to combine and create into a reality.

Do you have a work ritual? Take us through the process of creating your pieces.

I almost never know what will happen when I sit down to work. I start with something simple until a nice scene is made. Then I let my mind do the rest. Whether it is an aesthetic piece or something surreal, it doesn’t matter. And sometimes there are numerous projects stemming from another project. This is how ideas originate.

I also sometimes dream of something that I then turn into graphics, clothes, flyers and more.

Who are some of your favorite artists, business people, creatives or intellectuals?

Filip Hoodas @hoodass, Mike Winkelmann @beeple_crap, Andrew Kramer.

What has been the highlight of your artistic career so far?

To be invited to work on several major projects, one of them being a designer at Vapor95.com and working with the best team in the world!

Please tell us something about yourself that we may not know that influences your work.

One day I decided to start uploading my work, starting with some of my earliest until I got to my 3D projects. I made a couple of 3D renders and flyers, including Delorean and Fibonacci sequence. With the help of my friends and other artists, these works have become very popular on social networks with thousands of shares and likes each.

It felt wonderful, and one night I told my girlfriend, "I hope someday I can start working even more professionally." The next day I received several invitations for work, including one as an artist at Vapor95.com. Then I realized that dreams come true only if you truly want them. It was a sign that I must continue doing what I do and making people happy.

What are your plans for the future and direction of your work? How do you see yourself growing as an artist?

Self criticism is real, so I want to become much better than I am now.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Experiment. Look at where your work is leading. Follow your heart. Never quit!

Final Thoughts?

I want to go Back To 1985 and tell people that Vaporwave will never die.


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  • That was inspiring to me because I am an artist too. People say I have an amazing talent and should use if for graphic designing as well as go to a good art collage to get a better education. I love this sight. #vaporwaveforever

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