Sergio de Arrola is a Spanish guerrilla artist and photographer who is uncomfortable with the moniker "artist." His work ranges from portraits taken in South America to a photo essay of American life shot while pedaling his bicycle from New York to Los Angeles in 48 days. Sergio's mission, it seems, is to depict the world in black, as well as striking color. These days, one of the Spaniard's most attention-grabbing projects involves "pasteup" large format printing and his "Banksy" style guerrilla street art displays. In the dead of night, Sergio and his team stealthily paste massive images all over Madrid. Glue, rollers and huge photos are the basic tools this photographer employs in his efforts to transform the various barrios of Spain's capital. I recently caught up with de Arrola to talk about art, large format printers, travel and run-ins with the Spanish authorities. He was also kind enough to give me permission to share his photos with the rest of the world here. Here's what he had to say.
What do you like about being an artist and photographer? What do you dislike about the artistic life?