Updated: Mar 13
Today we interviewed Marcos Milewski one of the most established artists of Madeira island. Perhaps you know him better as the artist who painted a giant blue whale on one of walls (murals) in Funchal.
How and when did your painting story start?
"It’s always been my reality, I’ve painted since I was a child – I had an aunt from Poland who came and taught me to paint watercolors when I was 8 years old. Then, when I was 13, I met a painter who became my painting master, who is now called Sovieta, which still today I keep in touch with and have a friendship, over the internet. I am from Argentina, so it was in my hometown - Cordoba, and that's it, it was in this environment that my desire to paint began and I started to learn the techniques"
In Funchal, we can see lot of murals "made by you". Do you remember how many you have? Actually, your name is the first one to come to mind when we talk about urban street art on Madeira island, or trying to find a visual artist in Madeira.
"Yes - some in the city, others in hotels, restaurants, as you are saying, and also, in certain cases, in a place there is not only one mural, there’s a series - they appear. I made the buses at the company Rodoeste - we painted some old buses - there are several, so there are several murals in one place"
An interesting task to find all the walls of Marcos on Madeira island,would you like to try?
Where do you find your inspiration, and where do you prefer to paint?
"I think it's very relative, I get inspired by life, in my sleep, and also from the place around the murals, the place where it's going to be painted is very important - what looks good on a specific wall will be very different on another.
Thinking about the whale, it had a lot to do with the cars that come from a tunnel, that can see that perspective, the size of the wall, the location of the city is also close to the sea - 1km or so - I think there are always several factors that condition in the case of the mural. In the case of paintings, it’s like this ... the human element, female, but it is ... I don't think much about these matters"
Some of these pictures you can find in the gallery of Art Center Caravel