An illustrator and designer born near Barcelona and currently based in Madrid, José Roda‘s colourful and evocative work is instantly recognisable. But he doesn’t feel his style is etched in stone.

“I don’t like to think about my style as something closed or complete,” explains José, who works using acrylic paint, coloured papers, scalpels and his computer. “My work is constantly taking me to new places and my way of drawing is definitely influenced by this.

“There are elements which do repeat themselves in most of my work, but I am not interested in doing the same things the same way, or else I wouldn’t learn anything. My influences are Eduardo Arroyo, Mariscal, Léger, José Pérez Ocaña, the Bauhaus, Haring, Alex Katz, Maruja Mallo, Miller Goodman, Saul Steinberg, Malevich, Girard, Hockney and much more.”

Creative process

Nor is his art something that is meticulously pre-planned. “I think my work is born from intuition and obsession,” he says. “I believe I have to draw something because that is how I feel it because I feel like doing it and that is when I obsess about it and cannot stop until I get it right.

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