A self-proclaimed 'werewolf who draws a lot and says little', Krysthopher Woods is the type of artist we love to work with: über talented, extremely humble and one with a wicked sense of humor! With qualities like these, it's hard not to like the guy.
What's it like being a 'werewolf' in Buenos Aires?! It must be very hot for you over there!
Extremely hot! In fact, it's winter now but it still feels like summer! I can't stand it anymore!
Where do you currently live and work?
I live and work in a little catacomb in the middle of a town with no name, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Is there a big creative community over there?
Yes, Buenos Aires is very rich in that sense. We have a huge creative community that seems to grow more and more with each passing day. That fascinates me because you always have a show to attend, a book signing, a good concert etc...
I also notice that there is some enhancement of illustration and comics nowadays, which is related to these modern age (internet and all these new forms of communication) because in some way it helped to know the work of many people who otherwise would have had more difficulty trying to show their work. Today, most of my friends and colleagues in the field of illustration comes from the fact to have met them via the internet.
When did you first realise this is what you wanted to be doing?
I think I really decided to dedicate myself to drawing and illustration about two or three years ago while studying (I'm still studying) Graphic Design. I always really liked drawing, since childhood, but never thought or knew that one could devote himself to this for a living.
A year before entering college, I still had the idea that perhaps I would end up being a writer or a film maker (what was I thinking?), but once I advanced certain stretch in my graphic design career, somehow something clicked in my mind and I realised I could use my love for drawing in fields such as illustration, comics, album covers, movie posters, etc.. and that motivated me to go on.
What are some of your major influences? Have they changed over time?
Yes, they definitely have changed. I mean, if I look at my work from three years ago, I feel certain influences that today are not reflected in what I do. But that is also an evolution in the way we think and see things, and I find it great to happen.
Mainly, my biggest influences were always daily life and everything that happens around me, chatting with friends, the music I listen to or the movies I see... Also the dreams I have at night. Everything modifies you.
What's one of the most exciting projects you've worked on or are currently working on?
I am currently preparing some pieces for a future show that I'm very excited about -- the name of the exhibition is CUBIL and I'm running it with the Argentinian artist Nacha Canvas, until August 2 in SANTA GALLERY. Other than that, I am preparing a book that is a combination between poetry and drawing. I'm trying to show my writer side a bit more and not be so shy.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, dedicating myself to full time illustration, making books and working a lot with my hands and very little with the computer (or whatever there is in 10 years).
Who is an artist - dead or alive - you would love to collaborate with and why?
Tricky question!... Mmm, I think I would like to bring Jean-Michel Basquiat back to life and spend a whole day with him painting on a giant canvas. I had the pleasure of seeing some of his paintings at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires and it was just an outstanding experience. Also, I would love to collaborate with Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Nara just because he's amazing.
Who are some of your favourite artists right now? Is there anyone we should keep an eye on?
I have a lot of favorite artists! But if I have to name a few, I would like to highlight the work of Paola Gaviria (aka Powerpaola). She's an amazing artist from Ecuador and living in Buenos Aires now, who creates wonderful comics and never ceases to fill sketchbooks.
And from Argentina, I love the work of Maria Elina, Cristian Turdera, Hernan Paganini, Gustavo Aimar, Diego Naguel (aka Die Die), the list could go on and on! ... Oh! and you should definitely keep an eye on the work of Nacha Canvas, from Ushuaia, southern Argentina.
Who is a dream client you would love to work with?
I would love to work on a film project... maybe designing posters, or the set, or characters... whatever I can contribute. So please, Michel Gondry, call me!
Right now I'm listening to… 'The Sound of Someone You Love Who's Going Away And It Doesn't Matter' by The Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
The last good movie I saw was… Polytechnique by Denis Villeneuve
The last book I read was… The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
In my spare time I love to… draw silly things and sing off-key.
I wish I could travel to… Reykjavík, Iceland!
After a long hard days work I like to unwind by… reading a book or a very interesting blog on the internet while listening to music and drinking a super mega XXXL size cup of coffee.
If I wasn't doing this I would be… trying to figure out what's that strange noise outside my catacomb.