Meet Magoz, a master of conceptual illustration

Magoz is best known for his excellent conceptual illustrations for newspapers, magazines and advertising around the world. Through a poetic language, Magoz conceives his own way of expression focusing on conceptual values of images. Always aiming for minimalism and simplicity, he works with only few elements in order to communicate effectively. The results are stunning images packed with powerful colours and deep meanings.

Recently Magoz has launched an entire brand new website with a very minimalistic, clean interface and ‘hidden’ small details to improve user experience, and also an online shop. So we decided to catch up with this super nice and talented man.

Hi Magoz, please tell us something about yourself and what you do.

I’m an illustrator. I develop editorial illustrations for newspapers and magazines around the world. I also work for advertising agencies and private clients.

I’m a nomad illustrator, which means that I change the place I live twice a year. Thanks to the internet, I have the privilege of working wherever I want. I lived in Barcelona, Bristol and Finland, and I’m moving to Malaysia next week.

I’m a minimalism lover. I don’t own a lot of things, and the things I own are extremely useful and valuable for me.

How did you start your illustration career professionally?

After studying illustration in a very modest school. I created a couple of digital magazines about illustration (Crean and Pandemia Fanzine) with two friends. In this 3 to 4-year period, I learned almost everything I know today. We created illustrations, featured illustrators, interviewed them, theorised about being an illustrator and the philosophy behind it, the importance of the image and the aesthetic. We asked ourselves about every single decision, and we meditated, discussed and decided on everything.

I think the most important thing of that period was that I developed my own way of thinking about illustration (in most cases shared with my colleagues), drinking from the masters and learning about thousands of things (related and not related to illustration).

After 3 or 4 years working very hard (more than 250 articles), we decided to finish this period and start focusing ourselves in our own careers as illustrators. After creating a solid portfolio and starting knocking doors, I got Anna Goodson to represent me internationally. The first day I received 2 assignments and I haven’t stopped working since then.

Apart from your agency, how do you promote your work?

95% through the internet and 5% presenting to contests and illustration awards. Last week I announced an entire brand new website and an online shop:

http://magoz.is

http://shop.magoz.is

I use my website and the social networks as a bridge between my work and the audience.

How about creative blocks? What did you do to overcome them?

I found that creative blocks were related with life blocks. My life and my job are not two different parts of myself, but they’re the same thing.

I try to keep myself open to everything and bring new and deep things to my insatiable curiosity, especially through books, films and articles.

The best way to avoid creative blocks is to keep working hard.

And last but not least, could you share some advice with young illustrators to help them survive the illustration market nowadays?

- You define your work. Your work defines you.

- You are a long distance runner. Impatience is not for you.

- Keep your eyes and mind opened and your curiosity alive. Be aware, flexible and passionate.

- Work as hard as you can and trust yourself.

- Have big dreams. Follow your intuition.

- Go outside your comfort zone. Don’t settle, keep moving.

Thank you very much Magoz!

Scroll down to see some of the most amazing artwork by Magoz. (Psst! The first 6 ones are for sale here!)

‘Exotic and charming Brazil’ ‘Follow your dreams’ ‘Learn from failure’ ‘Love’ ‘Tandem’ ‘Biombo’ silkscreened book ‘Relationships in Facebook’ ‘Mindfulness through meditation’ ‘Learn from others’ ‘Losing the childhood’ ‘Corruption in football’ ‘Polish-Soviet War’ poster homage ‘Moral licensing’ ‘Fear of happiness’ ‘Aging population’ ‘Can’t meet the demand’ ‘Life under surveillance’ ‘Media censorship’ ‘The attachment trap’ ‘Prosperity’ ‘Developing conscience in art students’ ‘Rediscovering mutual funds’ ‘Copyright laws’ ‘Teachers reshaping students’ ‘Creating a new Church’ ‘Pennis snatchers’ ‘Replicate this’ ‘Sea activities in the winter’ ‘The debt’ ‘Mental illness’ ‘Self-growth’ ‘Watermelon Man’ ‘Hard times’ ‘Cooperative’ ‘Crisis’ ‘The pleasure of cooking’ ‘Composition’ ‘Nowhere’ ‘Illustrator warrior’ ‘Here and now’ ‘Think and act’ ‘Miner’

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