We enter a playground where sharks may well have four mouths, angel-aliens are up to some mischief and the grim reaper rides on the back of an alligator. The sun shines from the top right corner – of course. Navas' pursuit of drawing realistically at a really young age later led him to explore a visual language that offered an infinite pool of possibilities. Following his BFA in Fine Art from Indiana University, the Chicago-born artist earned his MFA in Painting from Yale. After a few years on the bumpy roads of New York (literally), Nava is now represented by galleries like Pace and Vito Schnabel. Some weeks ago, on a late Friday morning in March, we talked with him about sketching, hieroglyphs, and being in a room surrounded by the work of dead people.