The title says it all. Alex Oliver is up
there with some of the best in the world. What's even more
amazing than his work is his background. Growing up and still
living in Brazil, he has had virtually none of the access to the
same teaching and raw materials that we enjoy living in the United
States. He is also one of the nicest and most humble artists
you will ever meet. Very friendly and gracious.
How did you become interested in sculpting and drawing all these
interest began as a teenager. I watched horror and and sci-fi
movies. I really wanted to know how those things were done.
Any favorite movies growing up?
Return of the Jedi was a great inspiration. Greystoke I
learned all about Rick Baker. Dracula with Greg Cannom's
makeup made me fall in love with vampires, and Predator taught be
all about Stan Winston.
do you attribute your exceptional talent to?
I study very much. I still study
all the time because I have so much to learn.
Where there any artists that inspired you when
you were young?
inspiration was Carlo Rambaldi. I learned about Rick
Baker and Stan Winston in '86 when I first read Fangoria.
Have you had the chance to meet any of the artists that inspired
Unfortunately, no. If I ever
get the chance to go to the US, I will try and meet these makeup
artists I admire. I would really love that.
LMC: Did you get formal training growing up,
or was alot of your skill good old hard work?
No formal training. I learned mostly by myself and still
Did you grow up in Brazil? Talk about your upbringing.
up in Brazil. My upbringing was very hard. I had no
money for materials like clay or latex and no information from books
LMC: What did you use when you were young in place of these
expensive and hard to find items?
I will never forget because I always dreamed of having the books and
magazines. I used to study videos frame by frame. I used
to use potters earth or mud, now times are a little better and I can
get latex and some clay.
LMC: Is there a lot of work in Brazil for
sculpting and drawing?
AO: Unfortunately, no. There really is
no field for this work in Brazil. All the work you see I have
done is mostly for samples, no commissions.
about getting exposure for your work. Is that more difficult in
Brazil than if you were an artist in the States?
AO: Work with sculptures and drawings in Brazil is very hard.
I dream of living in the US, but I would need a sponser. In
the US, I could take classes, buy books and magazines. In
Brazil I can't really do that.
So if you had the opportunity to work in the US, would you move
here? Do you find it frustrating to have such talent, but not the
opportunities you want.
Oh yes. To me it is
very frustrating. I know in the US I can find all the
information I need. If I had the opportunity to move to the
US, I would be very happy.
are you and Al Rio teaming up to do?
AO: We are working
on concept art for books, companies, halloween masks and movies.
Is this work within Brazil, or are you hoping to attract clients
We are trying to get work worldwide, but I don't know if it will
work. All we can really do is try.
about Al as an artist.
Al Rio is amazing. I met Al in '93, when he was drawing GEN-13
comics. He works very hard and has amazing skill. He has
drawn for Spider Man, Purgatory, Captain America, DV-8, Exposure,