Luis Seven Martins L7m was only 13 when he first met spray paints. This experience has opened the door for many upcoming experiments that artist named L7m was about to perform. The 7 in his nick stands for the seventh letter that corresponds to the first letter of his middle name, and M and L are there for his first and last name.
While exploring mixtures for his work, Luis tried many techniques and finally created his unique approach by using china ink, latex, pastel and acrylic. In one occasion, Luis said that he likes to use traditional tools: those one like spray, acrylic, and sometimes even Coke!
Color Simplicity and Free Geometry
It is not just the technique that L7m experimented with. He also came to a unique style through his experimentation – namely, he combines geometrical elements and very stylized color puzzles with realism attained by elaborated details. It is exactly that combination of color simplicity and free geometry that awakens certain contradictions and even uncomfortable feelings in the viewers.
And that was inevitable, due to the fact that this artist is equally inspired by the beauty of life and its sorrow, as well. Influenced by the disarray of the surrounding environment, he can’t help generating the sophisticated chaos in masterfully blended coarseness and elegance of his subjects.
“Everything generates the chaos, from the mixture of outlooks and feelings to the materials and medias utilized.”
The winning combination of realism and abstraction, brought closer together in Luis’ artwork, creates a melting pot of emotions, materials and media for viewer’s eyes to enjoy. L7M’s artistic skill is filled with all known human emotions and city’s jumble, blend roughness with elegance, in order to transmit the concept of empathy for the surroundings. Luis rarely listens to music while working, instead, he likes to blend in with the ambiance, listening to every sound it creates. He likes to paint in deserted places, so no wonder his dream is to work in Chernobyl, the place where the nuclear accident occurred in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine. Another wish for this artist is to paint the entire space rocket.
He entered the world of art with whole his heart and all of his feelings are focused on street art, where he merges graffiti with abstract art and nature. His first love was Rayonism, a style of abstract art coming from Russia in 1911. Some of its representatives were Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova known depicting the dynamic character of early 20th century life. Other artistic influences on L7m are Modigliani, Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Picasso, John James Audubon and Mark Rothko. He admires their being different and innovative but, mostly for their radiant self-confidence and inner tension seen on their artworks.
Besides being a full time artist, L7m works independently.
Text by Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism)