Oana Cambrea is a digital artist extraordinaire. She explores different thoughts and emotions and translates them into bizarre and intriguing works of art. She is known for the strange yet captivating characters that she incorporates in her work. Explore more of the inner workings of Oana’s creative mind in this interview.
Can you tell us more about yourself? What influenced you to become an artist?
Well there isn’t that much to say. I’m your regular 25 year-old person who has a job, doesn’t speak much and is rather boring at times. When I was a child I used to draw a lot, also liked to paint and I think I got the virus from my father who has great drawing skills and went to the Architecture School. So, I could say he was the one who influenced me without knowing that he did. Now he looks at my images without really liking them. He can’t understand why I don’t create something “beautiful”. J
Why digital art? How did you get into this art genre?
Honestly, it was out of curiosity and thanks to a highschool mate who was into photography and editing. Let’s say he guided my first steps into this digital world. My first contact with photomanipulation was via deviantArt. It determined me to start working in Photoshop and make my own ideas come to life. Why digital art? That’s an odd question, haha. Why not digital art? It’s still art but in a different medium. Having tried both traditional and digital art, I found the digital side of it more appealing. Plus, I think digital art offers more than traditional art does, you can explore more and you have so many tools that you can use to achieve amazing effects. You can also combine digital and traditional art. You’d be amazed what one can come up with.
Other artists you admire?
Ah…that’s a hard question to answer to because there are so many artists I look up to. Some of them are my friends and critics, like Mario Sanchez and Matei Apostolescu, some I haven’t had a chance to talk to yet, like Misha Gordin. I also love Dali’s works. Some people say my images resemble his which is very flattering, I have to admit. I just don’t do that on purpose, I don’t copy his style like some might think. It just comes naturally. J
What do you consider as your big break?
My big break? I think I’ve yet to get it. But so far, having my work appreciated by the greatly talented Dave Nitsche is one of the most meaningful things that happened to me. Thanks, Dave!
What is “Saeglopur”? Can you tell us more about this piece?
It’s inspired by Sigur Ros’ song with the same title. Saeglopur means „lost at sea”, and I think every person that sees this image can interpret it in their own way. For me it’s one of those moments when you feel like you’re on your own, with no one to help you or guide you and I think many people can relate to that. For others this image represents freedom, so… yeah. It depends.
Each work you have has an interesting albeit bizarre concept, where do you get the inspiration for these pieces? And how does an artwork come to life, from start to finish?
Inspiration has various sources… Life experiences, things I see, things I hear… Sometimes it doesn’t have any source at all and I become completely blocked and panicked, haha. But usually, these works come to life from the need to express my thoughts and feelings. I’m not the kind of person who talks much so it’s easier for me to tell everything through images. When I get a good and strong concept I think of how I could materialise it. Sometimes I know from the beginning how it will come out, sometimes I just try a lot of things till I’m happy with the result. I change elements, I change effects, I let the image rest for a day or two, and then see if it needs anything else. There are moments when I just find a photo that really speaks to me and I know I have to use it so I start playing with it. Most of the times the concept takes shape as I go. And then the image gets to the viewer. J