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Jan Michael Primo

Austria-based artist Jan Michael Primo turned his habit of scribbling and daydreaming into a passion for illustration. We caught up with Jan Michael and got to know more about his art, his inspirations, and the city he now calls home.

Tell us a little about yourself?

A Filipino living in Vienna; I doodle lines and shapes in my notebook, I mix paint and splash it on paper and call it "art".

I'm an artist and a superstar icon... not true, of course. The reality is that, I'm a part-time procrastinator and full-time daydreamer.

In the Philippines, I worked as a wardrobe stylist for TV and Film productions; also as field cashier and production assistant.

Now I enjoy baking the most especially the part where I eat; I like listening to music; I like watching films, and I like traveling.

When I'm not busy in the kitchen, I write letters and make postcards for family and friends. And a few times a week I study the German language.

What or Who inspires you when you make art?

Life inspires me to make art. Art inspires me to make my own art. My experiences, my current mood, nostalgia, Lana Del Rey, nature, and day-to-day life could be my source of inspiration. A gloomy day can be a potent stimulus, the same way a bright sunny day can be uplifting.