Illustrator Martin Satí on Art, Color, and Inspiration

If you happened to be strolling through the SoHo neighborhood of New York City recently, you may have come across our mural located at Grand St. and Thompson St. Created to celebrate the launch of our Color Depositing Mask Collection, its purpose is to give you a (highly Instagrammable) way to take a new shade for a spin—second only to getting your hands on one of the new masks, of course. To help create this work of art, we worked with illustrator Martin Satí. His distinctive style, marked by graphic experimentation and bold use of color, made him the perfect person for the job. Read on to learn more about his creative origins, process, and advice.

How did you decide to become an artist?

I was very young, I was on the beach with my parents. In the distance there was a man making a sand sculpture. I told my father that I wanted to see him but my father told me, look son behind that man there is an impressive sunset, I prefer to sit here watching as the sun disappears into the sea but go if you want. I went to see the sculptor and missed the sunset. This has always made me think that I am a person of action rather than contemplation.

What work of art had the biggest impact on you?

Le Radeau de la Méduse, Theodore Gericault.

What artists (past or contemporary) most inspire you?

A lot of artists: Rubens, Ingres, Luis Gordillo, Roy Lichtenstein…

What advice do you have for budding artists?

Work hard, suffer until you get a language, and do not leave yourself another way out.

Where do you find inspiration?

In my notes. I try to make sense every day of the work that I am doing.  I search the internet for images that help me get a reference for me to start creating work.

What role does color play in your work?

Color is the basis to start building my images, it is the material that I use to create.

What colors are you most drawn to, and why? 

I use colors like musician musical notes. I usually choose the colors contrasting the cold and hot colors to move the dough.