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Caia Koopman Interview


A combination of surf, skate and tattoo culture combined with nature leads Caia to create eccentric works of art. Find out more about her style here!
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When was the first moment you decided you wanted to be an artist?

I've always loved to draw ever since I can remember but I think it may have been while drawing owls with my great grandmother. She used to paint those tiny flower ornamentation on old fashioned furniture for a living and that made me want to be an artist like her.

That's one big mural!

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration everywhere and anywhere but traveling definitely helps stir up the creative juices. I also get a lot of my ideas while I'm out in the forest with my two dogs on a trail run, and in the shower.

If you could work with another artist, who would it be? / who is your favorite artist?

That's a hard question as I have so many artists that inspire me. Jeff Soto, Tatiana Suarez, Nosego, Brian Viveros, Camilla D’Errico, Mab Graves, Jason Limon, Tara McPherson, just to name a few, I'm such a huge fan of so much art.

What has been the best moment in your career?

Walking in, a little late, to my first show at La Luz de Jesus and seeing a red dot on almost everything.

What is your ideal day?

My ideal day starts with a huge cup of coffee, a run with my 2 dogs, some solid hours of productivity and ends with a cold beer.

Who is your role model?

My mom for being a strong, supportive, athletic, smart, feminist, environmentalist, and all around awesome lady!

If you could do anything, what would it be?

I'd like to start an environmental revolution! I'd like everyone to care more about the earth and the animals and less about profit and personal gain. If we are currently living in the great pollution era then I would like to be part of the Great Environmental Revolution. Where we preserve and even return habitat, where we clean up and protect our oceans from future oil spills and horrendous commercial fishing tactics, and where we stop the indiscriminate killing and incarceration of our most beautiful and iconic animals (such as wolves), switch to clean energy, and so much more.

Why do you create art?

I create art because it makes me happy and I'm lucky enough to make a living at it.

What art do you most identify with?

I really love the current art movement including street art, murals, popsurealism and a ton more.

How has your art changed throughout your life?

I've started to paint murals recently and hopefully over the years I've improved a bit.

What is your dream project?

 A giant sculpture of a fantastical garden with magical animals and one of my girls.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Don't go the school for web design, stick to painting.

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