Interview with Nick Cocozza

Please say “Hello” to Nick Cocozza, a young Illustrator and Street Artist from Scotland.

Nick is an illustration graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. To most of his work he tries to take a light hearted and fun approach. He enjoys using a variety of mediums, which reflect his playfulness as well as his sense of humor.

Most of his graffiti-style illustrations present a vivid depiction of the street and gang culture in the UK that he experienced in his youth.

Nick’s work, which is also available on ARTFLAKES, got so far featured in several exhibitions in the UK, and by talent spotters he is being picked as the one to watch in Scotland. His illustrations also got featured in a variety of magazines like Popshot Magazine – and now here.

Check out our interview after the click!

Why and when did you start making art?
I’ve loved art from an early age but I only started to really get into it when I was about 15 or 16 years old. I was really into doing graffiti at the time and wondered what I was capable of in the studio environment. When I got into art-school that’s when I really started to experiment with my creativity and discover my capabilities.

What kind of art do you make?
I make art that represents my humour, memories, upbringing, culture and society. I use a graphics tablet, a mac, inks, pencil, paint, collage and whatever else I can find.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My urban surroundings, I draw a lot of inspiration from people, textures, conversations and experiences that are happening around me. Music and art are very closely linked for me also, so I’m always listening to something when I’m working on a project. I find that it helps to both relax and inspire me. I have also been involved with a range of live art and club night projects which strengthens this link.

What does your usual workday look like?
Work at my shitty part time job during the day, create art during the night, I work a lot better at night when everyone is sleeping.

How do you spend a perfect Sunday?
A perfect Sunday for me would be having a proper long sleep, watch some old-school movies, eat good food and a few ice cold beers.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
I don’t eat chocolate that much but I’m a sucker for Nutella, especially when its with salty popcorn, weird but tastes amazing.

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist).
Gustav Klimt, Swoon, David Hockney and akay+peter are a few of my favourite artists.

Whom should we interview next?
Barry McGee.

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
Egon Schiele.

What is your philosophy of life?
Everything happens for a reason and anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Thank you, Nick!