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Interview With Legendary Artist and Illustrator Nicolas Botez

Nicolas Botez is an extremely talented artist. His work has a tantalizing quality, due to the layers and 3d imagery that some of his paintings express. Recently, I had the honor of speaking with Nicolas and gained a lot of insight from his life’s perspectives. I think you will enjoy what he has to say.

Warlock Asylum: Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions and share some of your insights about life and your work as an artist. However, for some of our readers who may not be familiar with your person, please introduce yourself. Who is Nicolas Botez?

Nicolas Botez: I’m British born but not bred. My entire life has been spent outside of England. I’ve lived in America, Bahrain, Switzerland, Spain, and can speak in three languages. I’m dyslexic and hence see most of my paintings in virtual reality. I draw better in my head than I do in reality. So, in reality, a distorted artwork is formed.

I have been painting for over 38 years now, but more intensely in the last 5 years. Also, I have donated artworks to the PINK Bahrain Charity for Breast Cancer.

Warlock Asylum: What inspired you to pursue artistry as one of your life’s paths?

Nicolas Botez: My dad was an architect and my mum an interior decorator. I guess it’s in my genes.

Warlock Asylum: Your art possesses an amazing three-dimensional quality. Where did you learn to draw with such depth?

Nicolas Botez: Actually, I didn’t. I’m self-taught. I learned through trial and error. it kind of looks right. I guess. My creations must be different. I strive for something memorable. There is so, so much paint on the canvas that it makes hills of paint. By passing a paint-brush through the hills, the paintbrush creates gullies and hills with a similar effect of highways crisscrossing.

Warlock Asylum: Legend has it that some of your artwork can change in appearance if a person just waves their hand across it twice. Is this really true? What is the formula behind Blue Camelion?

Nicolas Botez: Actually, it was by chance. In fact, here is a video link to where I put my YouTube videos of all my artworks, where you can see how this art manages to change shape and design. No electricity needed. I have taken it to a few art galleries and people cannot keep their hands away from it.

Warlock Asylum: Where do you derive most of your inspiration for creating new work?

Nicolas Botez: It just happens. You see I use a lot of paint and gravity to help me intertwine the layers of paint together. The paint-brush strokes come at the very end, so do the lines, which have a kind of hypnotic effect like the lines from a Japanese garden.

Warlock Asylum: What are some of the challenges that you had to overcome in order to become the artist you are today?

Nicolas Botez: Family. My closest relative is currently a world away. So I have a lot of free time on my hands. So this is a good way to pass the time, creating.

Warlock Asylum: What sort of feedback have you received from firsthand viewers of your art?

Nicolas Botez: They have been amazed that I managed to create art in this fashion. I’m very private and there are many people that never knew I painted. Their reaction is helping me come out of my shell.

Warlock Asylum: Any memorable experiences you would like to share?

Nicolas Botez: I painted one night for a friend. The art would not stop rolling on the canvas. She said it was because she has so much energy.

Warlock Asylum: Where do you expect to see yourself and your art in the next five years?

Nicolas Botez: I don’t know.

Warlock Asylum: How can our readers stay abreast with your work?

Nicolas Botez: There is a subscription page on my website, www.e-painting.com. We accept requests, for painting colors.

On behalf of Warlock Asylum International News, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Mr. Botez and wish him all the best on his earthly and spiritual endeavors. We certainly look forward to hearing great things from you in the future!

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