German-born and Canada-based artist Andreas Lietzow is creator of intriguing and cuddly, surreal and friendly creatures. His “Hairy Icosahedrons” seam to enjoy life in very surprisingly familiar and sometimes unusual ways. He is very passionate about life, art and science and explores the universe in his works. His creations found homes in collections in more than 80 countries.
Hello dear Andreas, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?
I finished creating my first comic book when I was five years old. And later I was always experimenting with all kind of art forms and techniques. It became a profession eight years ago and it's very satisfying for me to create and explore the unusual.
What was / is your major influences? Other artists, books, movies, music or any other media....What inspires you to create your artworks?
My greatest inspiration is my other, and way better, half Meike Duch. She is an artist as well and we are working together on many projects. Her enthusiasm and way of seeing the world is an endless source of wonderful inspiration! Besides that the universe is mind boggling big and, as far as we can know, full of life. It's so big that many scientists think that everything possible exists somewhere. And this life is probably also engaged in all these tiny and huge elements life has to offer. So, there's plenty of inspiration and... it also means that there are unicorns... even more than on earth...
How does “a normal day of artist” in your life look like?
1. Usually the day starts early with the arrival of my friends, they are helping me as models. And because they are Hairy Icosahedrons we joke around a little and drink tea before the art starts.
2. Doing art!
2. Doing art!
What fascinates you the most about art and surrealism? How would you describe your style? What themes do you pursue, what surrealism mean to you and what do you hope the viewer will take away from your art?
Art can and should change the world. I like to show ideas which are expanding the 'normal' human experience. My Hairy Icosahedron creatures are for some people scary and for others cute. I love the fact that people have to “look into” the characters to see their real nature. Actually the Hairy Icosahedrons are all very friendly and they love harmony.
What do you love most about creating and being an artist? What does “being creative” mean to you?
I gave some speeches about creativity and how to enhance it. I asked the audience that question at multiple occasions and I agree with their usual answer, it's freedom!
Can you describe your typical workflow when you’re working on your art? What are your tools of trade? What medium do you most often use and why?
I always work on five or more works simultaneously, so I can switch between thinking, researching, cheering, more thinking and realisation whenever I like to. And I very much hope that my brain is my most important tool.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I would love to join a huge rhino choir, we're going to have a lot of fun singing a medley of old fashioned gardening songs.
Tell us more about your workspace. What was the most funny or weird thing that happened to you in your studio? What is / was the most strange thing hidding in your studio?
My studio is always well organized, I prefer to have everything at the right place so I can use it fast and efficiently. Funny, not weird, was the time traveller meeting we had in February 2076.
What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career? What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far?
I like to answer this with an old German saying: Wenn Schnecken an Schnecken schlecken, merken Schnecken zu ihrem Schrecken, daß Schnecken nicht schmecken.
(Google translator: If snails lick of snails, snails notice to their horror , that snails do not taste.)
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
Best: Be patient!
Worst: Be patient!
Worst: Be patient!
What do you dislike about the art world? What is the hardest thing on being an artist? Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
The art world is in many ways like the not-art world. People create random borders and fight about them. The good thing is that this is changing, faster and faster. And I'm lucky that in my case the artistic life is full of wonderful friends, I'm enjoying that a lot!
Where do you see yourself in the future? Professionally, what’s your goal?
I would like to change my species, having more than four tentacles would be very useful.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there?
Always try to become better and do it in a playful way!
Your favorite art or life quote is ...
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” by Ghandi is clearly one of the good ideas to go with.
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I love learning, the more unusual a field is the more I'm interested in it. Astrobiology is always in the top 10 list and meets there art history and the learning of learning.
Do you have an online portfolio, blog or social medias where we can view your work?
Is there anything else you’d like to say? Is there any project you are working on right now or any ongoing event or exhibition you would like to share with our readers?
Oh, yes! Dear reader, if you are seeing this and your are a Yeti, please contact me, I have something important to tell you!
Thank you dear Andreas, it was a honor to interview you, I wish you only the best for you and your art and already looking forward to see your new art works :)