Anna Taratiel: the person behind the interactive Hoptille painting
April 16, 2015
Kids Workshop by Ovni
August 10, 2014
Urban Art Festival Amsterdam 2017 programme
October 2, 2017
A Pregnant Man's Dream
August 20, 2014
"My painting is called A Pregnant Man's Dream because at the moment I am a pregnant man." Sparkling laughter fills the room and Ramon is looking with his shining eyes as a little boy who just said something his mother strictly prohibited right before.
"My girlfriend and I are expecting a child, but as men can't be pregnant and never will, I will never be able to experience what she's going through right now. Pregnancy is a dream for me. It is a man's dream. Painting the mural of Haag en Veld is also a dream for me."
"Painting a big building like I am doing right now, is also like giving birth. My art is my child. So actually I am double pregnant!"
For Ramon Martins painting a huge mural is not the first time, he can call himself experienced already. It doesn't mean it has become easy for him. "Creating a piece of art is a long process. What you see here, is the final part of that process. I have gone through a whole lot of phases in which I have been developing sketches in my mind. I have to be introspective, find out what I will show of myself, and what urges for expression pop up, imagining a wall while still in Brazil. The mental preparation for painting on a huge surface as well as the physical preparation have already taken a few months. To me it feels like the phases in a 9 month pregnancy."
And physical it is! Before starting with spray, Ramon had to cover the approximately 35 meters high building with a special layer of ventilating primer, to avoid humidity to leave its marks later on.
"I covered the building with primer in two days. That's two days about 6 hours heavy excercise. I am glad I had assistance from several great people, but the spray, i did all by myself. That's another physical challenge people underestimate. You might never have paid attention to the muscles in your fingers, but pressing the cap and shaking the spraycan quickly up and down and from left to right during a few hours a day, makes it a heavy excercize."
Ramon Martins shows to be a hard working man.
"And than, I am not even talking about working on great hight!" Ramon releases his remarkable laughter again. "With Dutch wheather its freakin' scary sometimes to be in that little bucket of the cherry picker, with the wind blowing you up and down like crazy!" When you're up, looking down, you realize how high it is, and how crazy it actually is to make a piece of art of this size!"
All those elements brought together made Ramon decide to call this painting 'A Pregnant Man's Dream'. "All challenges of painting a big mural, all obstacles to overcome, symbolize the challenges of a woman carrying a child and giving birth."
"Pregancy for me stands for water. Our body consists of over 85% of water and is buitl upon vibrations, a baby grows in a bag of water...if you look at my painting you can see I paint several figures who are connected to each other by organic fluid forms. The figures represent the people and energy I captured in this neighbourhood combined with natural elements of my home country, Brazil. I live in a little farm in the inlands of São Paulo, where we're surrounded by animals and wild plants and flowers. I wanted to bring this nature to the H-Buurt.
"I devided "the canvas" in three pilars of figures, as if they were some kind of tribal totems. The one in the middle looks like it is somehow elevated, that's why I painted an African queen."
Although most of the neighbours are very excited about the painting, some have a little problem with the rabbit in the corner. While Ramon is painting up, from down they comment that the rabbit should be a dog or a chicken.
"But a rabbit? Why a rabbit? The rabbit is not good." The answer for the question why a dog would be better than a rabbit, remains unanswered. Another neighbour thinks the cat should change, "because it is staring at me with those big eyes all the time" he proclaims.
Ramon himself is excited about the top of the painting. One day, when he came home after painting all day he said: "Today I painted a fig! A fig cut in half!" We could not hide our laughter, when we saw the happy face of a little child gaining a huge icecream. A fig? Let's find out what could possibly be the message behind the fig! Or shouldn't we try to find a message in everything we see?
Ramon Martins took almost five weeks - counting rainy days or extremely hot days as lost days - to finish this mural. He finished the mural on August 10.