Omar Enfenddal’s artistic penchant is for perfection and details. For this reason, although he started out as a graffiti artist in his native Madrid, he has not painted so many train carriages – he didn’t like the idea of running away without being able to put the finishing touches to his work.
“I liked the adrenaline, but I enjoy it more if my works are perfect. While I liked the thrill, I didn’t leave satisfied,” he admits. Self-taught, he first came to Ibiza seven years ago to paint the bathrooms of Cabaret Lío. Soon after, having grown tired of living in the capital, he decided to move to the island with a relative who he says is like a brother to him, combining his work as an electrician with the artistic commissions he receives. He chooses them for pleasure and not out of necessity.
Because for Omar Enfenddal, art is something special: “Doing things I didn’t want to do just for the money made me feel bad. When the alarm clock goes off and I say, fuck it, now I’m going to paint – I didn’t like that feeling at all,” he explains.
Nowadays, he paints and customizes garments, such as denim or leather jackets, turning them into exclusive objects – true works of art. His painting is decorative, and he is increasingly turning away from graffiti, instead creating art with a brush, airbrush, spray, textile paint… in short, with whatever the work demands.
As for his passion for customizing garments, which he does to order, Omar explains: “I am very interested in the idea of making more out of a garment, something unique. Nowadays, the only thing that makes a branded garment special is what it is worth. You can wear a 2,000-euro jacket, but you go to a place with people with money and you find someone else with the same jacket and you’ve lost 2,000 euros, because it no longer makes you unique,” he reflects.
Immersed in the artistic world of the island, he believes that in Ibiza “art is more valued than in other places”. One of the reasons for this, he says, is that he finds people “are more open”, and that “there is quite a level of wealth” as well as a more international public.
To finish up, he has a request: that the Bloop Festival Ibiza art event also involve local artists and not just creators from abroad. “I wrote to them and they didn’t even answer me, and the same thing happened with other artists from the island,” Omar says.