Rustam Qbic is one of several international artists putting their creative mark on Perth this month for PUBLIC 2016. The visionary Russian masterfully explores the realm of surrealism in his captivating murals. We reached out to Rustam to learn a little more about this talented artist and his imaginative artwork.
Photo credit: Olesya Gritsenk
How did you get into art?
Like everybody. Through graffiti. Through subculture. Through hip hop. I just started to write my name on the walls. I was studying at art school and it was too simple for me to just write my name. I wanted to change, to create new ideas, to create illustrations on walls. I wanted to create great pictures with a message. Then I started to do bigger and bigger murals and started to go to some festivals.
What inspires you to create?
Poetry. Literature. Some philosophy books. Nature, some scenes from life.
What’s been your favourite project in your creative career so far?
Every new mural is my favourite.
What do you hope to achieve with your artwork?
I want to invite people to create good things. To be better. To read books. To learn, to be smarter and smarter. To love nature.
Photo credit: rustamqbic.com
Could you tell us a little bit about the mural you’re creating for PUBLIC 2016 in Perth?
Everybody can read it differently. Maybe it’s about an old man who reads a book and absolutely (immerses himself) in the book. He’s swimming in the story that he’s reading. He has a bottle for a body and there is water in the bottle. The landscape around the book is barren and empty of plants and flowers, but he doesn’t care because he has a rich world in his soul and in his book and he doesn’t care about what he has around himself. He has a rich fantasy world.
Describe your creative process?
This mural was planned. I prepared a sketch for a more vertical wall, but when I saw this wall I changed my sketch. I collaged some details from old sketches and created something new.