Latvian artist Andris Vītoliņš. Photo: Arnis Balčus

7. Do you sleep a lot?

I despise the clock and early risers – all of those idiots, who call me at 9:00 on a Sunday morning, assuming that I'm awake. I like to wake up without the aid of a clock.

If my head is mentally fine, I can wake up at 9:00 without a clock.

8. Do you collect anything?

Impressions! And my paintings, because nothing else has any worth.

9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?

 My WALTER CP 88 – a pistol with which you can shoot things up (even paintings, for some fun). After using it, the optimism really returns to my bones.

10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

Ooh-lala... Good, refined food, but not snobby food. It's hard to find such a balance, but some people are good at it.

 11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

The classic for boys – a fireman. After I had the luck, at five years of age, to spend a day at the Matīsa Street Fire Station (a rare opportunity!), I gave up on this ambition.

12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.

The extravagant being – Leni Riefenstahl... having reached a formidable age, she died in a helicopter accident. The musical punk, Nigel Kennedy... he shakes the bed-bugs out of the classics' cupboards. And Frederico Fellini – a brave and attractive type.

 

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