Adam Martinakis: Inside a Creative Mind

An Interview with the Digital Artist

Recreation of Adam, Digital Art by 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 for excellence including Excellence Abstract & Design award, EXPOSÉ 10 in 2012. He is also a three-time winner of an 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.

You portray human emotions a lot through your artwork. How do you choose your theme and decide on the presentation?

Everything is or can become a theme, the main question is how it will be presented so that it has expressional and artistic interest. My themes include a wide variety of human conditions and are chosen by what occupies my mind at the time. Sometimes, it just comes out at the time of experimentation along with the technique that I prefer to use. Themes and the way of presenting them, sometimes, are researched at the same time.

What inspired you to take up this art form?

I have been occupied with 3d for more than a decade. It has accompanied me at the beginning of my professional career with a great variety of projects covering architecture, interior design and industrial design. I have been an artistic spirit since I remember myself and implementing 3d into fine art expression was a great opportunity to explore new possibilities. In my opinion, 3d has not been much explored in the field of fine arts. For me, it is the ultimate art tool.

People, places and / or incidents that helped shape your views and influenced your art

When you are an artist, you express yourself and all the environment around you becomes a part of the process. Everybody you meet, any place you go, is placed somewhere within you, to come out as an influence on the creations. Of course, major lifetime incidents, like my moving from the communist Poland to the capitalistic Greece at the age of 10 for instance, have a stronger general influence to me as a person and consequently to my work. One huge influential person which has affected my work is my father who holds a great life story behind him. The Greek sun and the wet rainy scenery of Poland, are also important elements of my artistic personality.

Where your thoughts meet mine, Digital Art by Adam MartinakisCassandra Complex, Digital Art by Adam MartinakisThe Hands, Digital Art by Adam Martinakis

Has there been a project that you have particularly enjoyed being part of and why?

I really enjoy every single project that I create. For the audience, some are more appealing than others but for me, all of them, are parts of the mosaic of my life. It is really hard to distinguish one of them.

You have experimented with digital art extensively. Has there ever been an inclination to experiment with traditional art forms as well?

Before the year 2000, I was painting actually and at that time I was thinking that I will become a traditional painter. I have also experimented for some years with ceramic design as well.

You have also been involved in teaching for some time now. What do you make out of the interaction between the teacher and the students and has there been any learning out of this?

Teaching is a great experience. It also holds an important responsibility towards the students. As a teacher, you are at the same time a student who learns new things from younger people during this communication. In the Greek language, professor means the one who guides, the guider, so during this travelling, like always, there are new experiences to live.

Does this difficult economic environment affect the young minds to influence their art in any way than it would have done in past?

It surely does, because it is not just one difficult economic stage what we are living at the time. It is a major transition to a new way of living, thinking and interacting on a worldwide scale. We are facing and realising the fact that we are into a huge village called earth and despite the differences we hold, we have to find a way to continue our living in harmony altogether. The key medium to this transition is the technology, which now has an essential role in all those changes affecting almost every aspect of our lives, including arts.

Last Kiss, Digital Art by Adam Martinakis
Last Kiss

Any facet of life that you would dearly love to explore through your forthcoming projects?

I am working very much with my instinct so it is really hard to tell. With me everything is possible and every aspect of life may become a possible place for exploration.

You seem to have successfully translated your passion into a profession. Any particular message for the youngsters who are starting out with big dreams but not necessarily deep enough pockets?

The key to translating your real passion into a profession so that to become a successful person at this point is first to find that real passion. I have met a lot of people who thought they have a passion or would like something to be one. A passion must be shown into the real creation and with hard work, education, open mind and persistence, everything is really, really possible. Deep pockets may play a role but they are not this essential element for this kind of achievements. As long as I remember, I didn’t have any deep pockets and this is not the most important thing that I am after.

Portrait of Adam Martinakis

Adam enjoys…

I love travelling, meeting people, reading, self-educating, dancing. I love the sun, the rain, the snow, the mist, the sea, the woods. My favourite city is Prague and my favourite food is a good spaghetti. My favourite book is ‘Brave new world’. And, I like to listen (and dance) to progressive electronic music.

Find more of his work at his website.

Image Courtesy: Adam Martinakis