Meet Janez Jevnikar, aka 'Sprayman'

January 16, 2007 1:47 am

Meet Janez Jevnikar, aka 'Sprayman'
Interview by Sandra Castle [SndCastie] - Staff Columnist

Tell us a little about yourself.

I`m 35 years old. I used to study electronics, but 12 years ago I found spray paint :) I got married 4 years ago and now my biggest joy is my 10-month old son Jaka.

How long have you been doing this kind of Art?

12 years, but like a profession...10 years.

What got you started using spray paint to do art, and why?

About 15 years ago, I saw a man in Nuremberg (Germany) doing spray art. It was simple, few planets and stars, kind of art. It was in my mind ever since, but I had no courage to try. After 2 or 3 years I tried it and never stopped. I was mostly broke in my student times, so I went on a street to sell my paintings. Sometimes I didn't sell anything in a whole day, sometimes I got  "richness". Beginnings were simple, like man in Nuremberg, but after time I grew.

Did you create the techniques shown in the video, or did someone teach you?

After a year or two, I hitch-hiked (autostop)  to France with my guitar (playing on the street). I saw a man in Cannes doing awesome  spray paintings. I had no camera, so I had to remember what he did. Of course, I forgot most things when I came home. After a year I was there again. That helped me to improve my self a lot.

 Where do you get your inspirations from when doing your images?

Sometimes I open the newspaper, sometimes the internet. Sometimes I even take a look on the net at what other spray painters do, and I try to make replicas. Lately I don't have time to experiment. I got ideas from my customers that order from me all kinds of paintings. From a Harley bike to a mosque in Bosnia.


Do you have any art education? If so, where and what did you study?

I had no art education, when I started, but after time I found out that I need something to grow. So I went to a couple of courses of drawing, composition, colors...  I  also read some books about similar techniques, like airbrush.

Do you do this for a living, and where?

I started on a street in the Slovenian capitol Ljubljana. I worked also in the Canarian Islands and France. 7 years ago I opened a stand-stall  in the Slovenian tourist town Portoro-Portorose. I worked there for 5 months in a year. 2 months ago I put some of my videos on the net. Since then I have plenty of work. I send my paintings mostly to USA and Belgium.


What advice would you give to someone who would love to get into this art form?

First of all, you need a good mask or ventilation box like me. You should buy some quality spray paint, some glossy heavy weight paper and just start. I think my videos and videos from other artists can help you a lot. I don`t know any piano player that knew how to play overnight. All of them, even one with absolute pitch, have to practice.  Here it is the same.

Thank you so much for allowing us to interview you. Keep up the great work!


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Castle Views is a featured column with Staff Columnist Sandra Castle [SndCastie]. Wherein, she reveals interesting books, artists, and software dealing with 3d graphics, through reviews, interviews, and general articles.

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Article Comments

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

Watching the videos of Janez work is amazing! Thanks for an interesting interview, Lillian

Kimberly.3D ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 January 2007

Beautiful work with an unexpected medium...I would normally think of doing grafitti with spray paint...but wow a really nice effect....Kimberly.3D

nickcharles ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 18 January 2007

Thanks Sandy for a great interview! Great to 'meet' you, Janez! I love seeing this kind of work in action. The videos are fantastic!

paradigm ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 18 January 2007

I watched all three videos and sat, totally fascinated, for about 30 mins. He can create a shimmering sea in about 10 seconds, a cascading waterfall in five. And then the final touch with the blowtorch! Amazing stuff!

SGT2005 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 19 January 2007

Wow Impressive work. Indeed. To look at some of your work and think how did he do that I would of never expected to hear spray cans. Airbrush maybe... Keep up your creativity, You have a huge talent there. Thanks Sndcastie for the great Interview.

Sangelia ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 21 January 2007

some of the elements in the paintings have simularities to the late Bob Ross. and his styles of work

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