Sergi Cadenas, the 50-year-old Spanish artist – whose optical illusion dual-image paintings have sparked many a conversation. His paintings are best known as the “Getting Old” painting – lenticular technique paintings where the subject’s face seem to change and age as you walk by.

It’s an impressive technical feat, and very accurate captures the inevitability of life and time.

Cadenas spoke to Home and Decor Singapore, sharing about his work ethic, the importance of family, and his musical choices when painting.

What’s your favourite time of day?

Before a meal, I usually have an aperitif with my wife and two daughters where we have intimate conversation by talking about our day; this is a moment I enjoy greatly daily.

Describe your personal design style.

My design style is minimalist with an air of modernism from the 1900s.

What’s your biggest strength?

That I am not afraid to work hard.

What’s the biggest learning experience you’ve had?

I am a self-taught artist. I learn and get my inspiration by observing different objects – from architecture to crafts and gastronomy, etc.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

The greatest compliment is when I see my family and the people I love express their joy and pride in me.

What song can you listen to on repeat?

These days, I listen to D-Block & S-Te-Fan, a hardstyle duo from The Netherlands.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you? 

I listen to hardstyle music when I paint!

What makes you smile the most?

Comical videos of animals (dogs, cats).

How would you define yourself in three words?

Worker, Observer, Challenger.

What’s your pet peeve?

You might find it odd, but it’s when I am asked to drink orange juice in the morning.

How do you start your day?

I get up at 5 in the morning every day, and I get straight to painting.

What did you want to do with your life at age 12?

I wanted to be an athlete, specifically a cyclist.

What’s the best thing that happened so far this year?

So far this year, I will have two exhibitions coming up – one in Brazil and another at the end of the year in Ode to Art gallery, Singapore. I will be exhibiting my new paintings and unveiling new characters, where viewers can explore relationships between them.

What do you think has been the best thing that’s been invented so far?

Google Translate, as I can’t speak English! The translator has made communicating in different languages possible.