Growing up in Barcelona, Spain and watching fantasy films filled with amazing creatures, Uriel Tian found the 1990s and 2000s a golden age for fantasy films. He was absolutely delighted to find the world he could create just using his imagination. This made him realise that he could do something like this and he began to direct his life toward becoming an artist.
“I studied Practical FX (A practical effect is a special effect produced physically, without computer-generated imagery or other post-production techniques) for the film industry in Barcelona in THUYA Academy in 2012, and then I began my Sculpture degree in 2014 in La Llotja Arts School in Barcelona.”
Loving the feeling he gets while creating and the freedom that comes with it, Uriel knows he can challenge himself to become better and better. “I like to have dynamic projects and I feel I could never get tired of working. That also makes me understand how powerful it is to pursue your goals and dreams.”
Initially he began to look for inspiration outside, watching films and reading books, which worked, but feeling he had to push himself further, he realised he had to look inside himself. “Memories, transforming special moments and people in my life into art has become the way I give my best.”
Uriel introduces us to artists who have inspired him: “Stan Winston was the perfect sculptor for me. He did everything I dream to do, big scale projects and putting words into images in great films. I also love to see Jim McKenzie work on his stunning surrealist sculptures, his style and dedication are a true inspiration. Moises Espino from Goblins Lab in Spain is one of the best fantasy sculptors I know, and being able to ask him for advice is a true privilege.”
He would love to work in the film industry, specifically in the art department and working on big screen projects. He is considering studying a cinema degree to maximise his knowledge about this industry. He also hopes to showcase his work to the world in galleries that he can decorate to enhance his creations and be an installation artist. “Since my passion is to create environments and physical worlds that one can feel immersed in, one of the best things I’ve done is to win a ‘Best Stall’ prize at the Witch Market in Barcelona. It’s very cool to see your hard work acknowledged.”