PI am a Dominican artist born in 1983. I did a few studies in the National Art Academy back in 2003, which elevated my passion & love for visual art. I later started designing in advertising agencies in 2008, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I created Madkobra. It was actually inspired by the names of Madmax & Cobra the Space Pirate.
I am based in Dominican Republic and have become a full time freelance artist recently (March 2019). Now I specialize in creating my own vision of different realities that I explore, sometimes very personal and sometimes influenced by pop culture. Madkobra is very nostalgic - I love retro gaming, the unknown, and of course fantasy and science fiction.
I guess since childhood I was very attracted to the machines, robots and any form of fantasy creature. I was very intrigued with how they looked inside, how they worked. A little by little each day, I would immerse myself in the drawing of robots and similar things.
I remember spending hours watching cartoons - Daltaniuos, Albegas, Transformers, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and many others. I suppose that nostalgia is what motivates me most to continue reliving my childhood through my illustrations.
I must say that I am a mixture of different disciplines. I studied fine arts, graphic design and worked for many years in advertising agencies resulting in a diverse “style”. However, this last year I became a freelancer, which is what led me to explore deeper my way of doing things visually. I feel that I am still looking for my "style", meanwhile I try to have fun building my personal brand.
Most of the time they are t-shirt designs, although lately my services have expanded a bit which has led me to focus my efforts on new opportunities.
So far, it's been Wave Theory.
I must say that this is where it all started - Madkobra was born in Threadless. It was my first experience in illustration competitions, and it was the desire to achieve something good for myself that took me where I am now. Threadless was part of that in a great way, then I got to know the other platforms like laFraise, Design By Humans , Pampling, Redbubble and so many more.
In general, achieving things takes time, effort, frustration and dedication. In fact, one of the reasons that made me become a freelancer weas these websites, and now I am grateful that I am doing very well!
I consider myself an introverted person at least a little bit, that somehow works as a storage system for everything that surrounds me - like nature and people. Also I'm always daydreaming of a surreal alternative reality full of colorful things - I felt that Behnce was an interesting outlet to come close to this. :)
I would say that my process is very old school - I always walk with a notebook and pen! Many of the ideas appear randomly, then I write them down, make a small doodle with some details to not forget it. The process is something like this:
so far my behance: @madkobra and instagram @madkobra