#Metroseen featured artist: Marx Reinhart Fidel

Jul 23, 2022 0 comments


Name: Marx Fidel
Age: 26
Pronouns: He/Him

Tell us something about yourself?

Magandang araw, [you]— exactly as I would always open my emails with!

I've always subscribed to the idea that 'to create art is to tell a story'— and so I do (or at least I try my best damn to, lol)! As a visual artist and illustrator, it has always been my goal to deliver stories through narrative-driven illustrations and other works of art, may they be remarkable or totally inconsequential, about self or about others. Whenever I create artworks, I always inject some kind of narrative behind them that not only makes them interesting in their own right but actually reflects on the topics it partakes in.

With a simple glimpse at my folio, it is also very obvious that many, many of my illustrations are socio-politically driven and actively engage with political issues at hand. May it from a simple call to action or a bold satire, I try to make sure that I am able to give light to that specific issue, and make it so that people can easily understand and reflect on it.

I'm also an aspiring comic creator and these lessons on narrative creation have also helped me write stories that I can hopefully someday turn from script to pages!

Lastly, if you like someone who's weirdly into illustrating too much, if not too many, fires and hearts for some reason-- then you'll probably like my stuff!

Where do you draw inspiration for your art?

To my editorial illustration works that poke the bear; that is criticizing, commenting, and shedding light on many societal issues, I draw most of my inspiration from the everyday plight that many, including me, experience as consequences of those issues. These are works of analyzed viewpoints from the perspective of someone below.

I'm also a nerd for Philippine myths and occult, that many of the stories I tell through my works are based on these! I would even sometimes use these mystical references as metaphors in my illustrations, and primary topics in my comics stories!

Now and again too, I'd make art specifically for myself addressing whatever shenanigans I'm currently experiencing at that time (ie. burnouts). Whenever I do, I'd use these personal experiences, as well as sentiments from my partner, Polly, and friends, as a jumping board to create highly-personal works.

Describe your art style?

It's really hard to describe someone's own art style, to be honest; however, if I'll put two words to mine it'd be quirky and dark. Contrasting as they may sound, I think the strength of my style is creating artworks that thrive on the mixture of often cartoony, playful figures, with heavy lines and shadows. I also take advantage of textures to top it all off! Through this, I think, I'm able to communicate the weight of any situation I'm illustrating about while still maintaining the 'easy-to-digest' part of the work.

However, though I've managed to create a somehow distinct art style for myself, I still think that I'm at the point of my artistic life where the so-called "style" is still morphing, changing, and yet to mature.

Have you always wanted to become an artist?

Actually, yes! I remember being constantly reprimanded as a school kid for filling the back of my notebooks with pages upon pages of drawings about anything that'd cross my mind. Even during classes, I'd sketch and doodle, not just on notebooks, (and please don't hate me) but also on textbooks too— to which would inevitably result to more scolding!

I originally planned to be a civil engineer too, actually, and even that aspiration was born out of my incessant need to draw (albeit building plans those times around)! Luckily for me, I was eventually steered in the direction I'm in and I couldn't be happier it did.

Where can we see more of your art?

You can look me up at @marxnotahero on Instagram, where I'm most active, and on Twitter too!

More of Marx Reinhart Fidel



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