Wild Welva is an incredible Street_Art project going on in Huelva, Spain. I had a coffee with Seba Ventana, the man behind  Wild Welva and we talked about his artistic career and his projects.
How do you define yourself as an artist?
I don´t regard myself as a graffiti writer. Often, all Street_Art is considered as graffiti, but it´s not. I´m an urban artist because I paint in the streets, not for galleries. My art has no sense indoors, inside a building. I rather paint outdoors, close to nature. Once my artistic piece is in the street is not my work any longer, but it belongs to the city and is part of urban furniture and equipment. It belongs to the people who look at them.

Horse by Wild Welva Huelva, Spain
Horse by Wild Welva, Street_Art piece in Huelva, Spain

When did your start painting?
When I was a little kid. I loved painting animals at that time.  Wild Welva is a new project I started one year ago or so, but I´ve been working with stencils and on canvas much earlier.
Where does the name Wild Welva come from?
It´s a phonetic approximation of the Arabic name of Huelva, Wild Huelva.
Lion and lamb by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain
Lion and lamb by Wild Welva, Street_Art piece in Huelva, Spain

What are your artistic influences or sources of inspiration?
Recently, I´ve known incredible street artists thanks to webs like Amsterdam Street Art that shares a lot of amazing works and interventions. I do like Levalet or Alexis Diaz´s works. I think they are amazing! I also love antique engravings of animals and Modernist Art that combines nature and animals, and comics too. For example, Adrian Tomine can tell a whole story with just a single image. I love that!
Although, formerly, I liked painters like Goya or Velázquez, currently I´m into contemporary artists. To be honest, I think contemporary painting is far more interesting.
Flamingos in Paris by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain
Flamingos by Wild Welva, Street_Art work in Paris, France

What´s your artistic education background?
I´m a self-taught artist. When I was a little kid I began painting.  I´ve worked with artist  communities, like Laca Digital Colectivo, but I did not have a formal education.
What projects are you currently involved now or you will in a near future?
As part of  Wild Welva Project , I´m involved in a crowd-funding campaign with We the Vandals, a web site in Poland that support street artists. They proposed me to choose a project and I decided to paint endangered wild species in Paris. So far, the campaign is good, so if everything goes well, I´ll go to Paris in spring.
Monkey by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain
Monkey by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain

What materials and resources do you currently use in your street art projects or Works? 
Paper! Since my artistic technique is paste-up so,  tons of paper! A special weather resistant paper. You know sunlight is intense here in Huelva and the rain too. I was hard to find the right one, but finally I found it. Also, I use special markets. Currently, I ´m using acrylic paints to add some colour.  Some colour looks good in black and white drawings!
Monkeys and Easter
Monkeys and Easter

In terms of formats, I like big size formats. My aim is to achieve bigger formats and sizes in the future.  My works are like big jigsaws, a collage, and you need to fit all pieces together. Often, I need help because it´s really difficult to paste-up big size pieces. First, you have to glue the wall, then the rear side of the paper should be glued too, a bit of varnishing… It´s really a very ephemeral work. Much more ephemeral than graffiti!!!
Doves by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain
Doves by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain

Tell me more about Wild Welva project. How did it start? Any change?
Wild Welva started thanks to a sort of vision I had one afternoon when I went for a wals.  I love marshlands and flamingos and I often go to the flamingo wild park in Huelva outskirts. It was amazing! All those flamingos so close to the city!  I thought it would be a great idea to bring flamingos to the city. So,  I started painting flamingos all over the city. Later, I started painting other non-local animals and exotic species. I realized that I spoke through these animals, in a way they are me.
Rhino and baby by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain
Rhino and baby by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain

What are the themes or issues that prevail in your current work? Any evolution along the time?
Wild Welva is a project focused on animals and nature. Formerly, I made some interventions with more social criticism. You can see a social aspect in what I do now, but I´m the source of it, it´s an emotional art. Some people may say they find an ecological side in my works, for example in the locked monkeys, but that´s their own interpretation, not mine.
Flamingos in Finnland
Flamingos in Iceland

In your opinion, what is the impact of Internet , web2.0 and digital revolution on street art?
Very important without a doubt, I think that today a street art work is not complete until it´s uploaded. We all strive for good photos once the piece is finished. It´s exiting when one of your works gets hundreds of likes in social media after a few hours. Years ago reaching so many people was impossible for street artists. Now, the web is a global neighbourhood.
Flamingos by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain
Flamingos by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain

What do you think about Huelva as a street art city?  What are people or authorities’ attitudes towards street art?
Huelva is now under the media focus in terms of street art. People have changed their attitude towards street art. Thanks to Man-o-Matic´s job, street art is well accepted in our city and people are proud of their street artists and their open air museums. Man-o-Matic has made a great job in that sense! The quality of the pieces and murals is high compared to other street art works you may find in other cities.
Born to be wild by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain
Born to be wild by Wild Welva, Huelva, Spain

Public authorities have a positive attitude in regard to our works. Even they have cleaned up the lots where murals are made. An example of how art can boost urban regeneration in degraded urban areas. Formerly, street Art was associated with vandalism .
Work in process
Work in process

Would you like to work in other cities?
In Malaga, right now Malaga is becoming an important street art city, in the area called Soho, you can find amazing interventions. I´d like to paint in Paris too, it´s the paste-up capital.