Mark Salvatus is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Lucban and Manila, Philippines. His works varies in different media from drawings, installations, objects, photography, video, street /urban art, graphic design, blogging to interactive and participatory projects building drama to question memory, nostalgia, existence and space. His works has been presented and exhibited in different venues in the Philippines and abroad. The co-founder of Pilipinas Street Plan (PSP), Mark is also known as Boy Agimat.
Streetkonect: how old are you?
29 (Jan 22, 1980)
Streetkonect: where do you live? And describe the art scene in your place.
I am based in Manila, but I always go back to my hometown - Lucban, Quezon.Manila art scene is chaotic - that's why i always visit Lucban to get some fresh ideas, inspiration and fresh air hehe... Lucban is a small town full of creative people.
Streetkonect: how would you describe your art and your artistic process?
I was trained as an advertising practitioner but did not pursue a career in advertising rather I incorporate some theories and ideas of advertising that deals with people, mass produced objects, consumerism and combining them with my personal ideas. Ideas that makes a strong impression and emotional tension, establishing an intimate and charged dialogue with the audience – will they be familiarized by it or be alienated? My works are always process based- and I call my (art)works as "projects"
Streetkonect: who/what are your influences?
I am influenced by the works of Jose Tence Ruiz and Alfredo Aquilizan and mixing it with my personal influences - everyday experiences - through dialogs, meetings, happenings etc. with the different people I met, places visited and so on... its a process.
Streetkonect: what are the things you usually do besides making art?
I am teaching part-time in an art school in Manila and I always travel and collect ukay-ukay toys.
Streetkonect: what is your greatest ambition?
World domination! ha ha!
Streetkonect: motto in life?
Do it now!