Marco Riha is a self-taught artist from Mexico, born in Vienna in 1970. He experiments with all types of mediums, especially oil on canvas fascinate the artist.
How did you get into art?
Having too much time on my hands in Sri Lanka in 1995.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
Over the years, I realised I belong to the Surrealist Automatism movement - allowing the subconscious to take over the artistic process by suppressing reason. Most of my works have been created instinctively, an intimate surreal diary, 28 years in the making.
How do you go about developing your work?
My process is spontaneous and unplanned, the only thing set is the shape of the canvas and the colors I am going to use. Then I let chance or synchronicity take over.
Who or what influences you?
My favorite periods in art history are the Renaissance and ‘Les Automatistes’, a Quebecoise artistic dissidents movement. My art is influenced by the world around me expanded through travel, reading, even popular songs.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
After visiting Italy this spring and seeing how the Renaissance artists painted, I want to look into organic pigments and start a new retro series of sorts. I have been already using wood panels on my newest work instead of canvas and love it.