Olivier Lafrance - OlIV - is born and raised in Blainville, Quebec. His passion for painting evolved throughout the course of a visual arts program in CEGEP. Since then, he has been working on his creative process and artistic techniques incessantly. He sees his canvases as archives of our contemporary world perceived through a millennial's eyes. Drawing from his subconscious and muscular memory, he paints unique and abstract views of people, shapes and forms.
Explain what you do as an artist in 100 words
-I paint things that reflect a feeling in my inner self. What I mean is that I start laying paint on the canvas and I don't stop until I achieve a feeling of accomplishment and appreciation towards the tableau. By doing so, I satisfy a part of myself that I can't really identify. Probably some part of my subconcious mind. Using this method, I truly express myself and thereby, I truly contribute to the culture using my individuality. I believe this is what culture is, the addition of everybody’s mind all together. So yeah, letting aside that I'm an attention fiend, I do it for the culture.
When did you first start doing art?
-In 2015, when I started a DEC in Visual arts. I've been drawing ever since I was a kid, but nothing serious.
Do you have a role model?
-My best friends, only them.
How do you perceive art school? What is your biggest challenge as an artist?
-Art school is great to meet people, improve techniques and engage in social activities. My biggest challenge as an artist is to do without it.
Are you more of a museum person or a gallery person and why?
-Gallery, that’s where the new works at.
Selling art to make art or making art to sell art?
-Oh, both really.
What role does the artist have in society?
-Contributing to the evolution of the culture they are a part of. Sending love to Montreal.
What food, drink, song inspires you?
-I think it's funny, but what I listen the most while creating is trap and Hip-Hop music. That trap philosophy motivates me since all they talk about is how they're making it, and how they don't take shit from no one. In Hip-Hop, the difference there is with trap music is the quality and the boombaps.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
-Get a job. That's motivation right there.