Inside a Creative Mind

An Interview with Adam Martinakis

Born in 1972, Luben, Poland, Adam Martinakis spent his early childhood in Poland before moving on to Athens, Greece in 1982. After completing his studies at Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Faculty of Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts, and Industrial Design, he started experimenting with 3d computer generated visual art. For over a decade now his unique masterpieces have received critical acclaim and award of excellence including Excellence Abstract & Design award, EXPOSÉ 10 in 2012. He is also a three time winner of international art competition at Luxembourg, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He took time out of his busy schedule to share his opinions about his work and life in general.


Sometimes it’s not only polite, but merciful to leave things untouched, undiscovered. This installation describes unintentional influence. The vespiary and its cocoons live their own life, murmuring and shimmering in the dark, but if someone comes too close everything is dying away.

I made Cocoons for one exhibition that didn’t take place after all. So now it decorates my ceiling! But that is ok; I like to have them around. I created these small ‘living’ things with horrid appearances and fragile souls.

Heart – An Interactive Music Object

Heart is an interactive music object which reacts on hands moving near it. Chords are programmed in musical matrix and grouped harmonically. Heart ‘captures’ the feeling and the mood of one track but gives an opportunity to compose it in real time. When hands are moving too fast heart screams with different dissonant sounds.

I first came up with the idea of theremin–like musical instrument around the time I entered the Academy (National Academy of Art, Sofia). The next association was a Flёur–band’s self–definition of their musical genre − they call themselves ‘cardiowave’.