ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Hi there!

Can you believe is already April? where has the time gone right?!

Well with the new month comes the new artist! Today I would like to introduce you to Brazilian sculpturist and painter Rogerio Botelho. So, remember that time I used to Uber? One day I picked up this guy who told me his English was not that good, and me being me I told him ok, speak your language and let’s see how that works out! Turned out I understood a lot more Portuguese than I even knew, we exchanged contact info and ended up going to have an artistic meeting of the brain at the Menil. Well, he is an awesome artist, and I, for one, I’m glad we met because there is so much that I can learn from him as I walk my artistic path. Until then I’ll just be happy to share his work and give you a chance to getting to know him a little.

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1.     WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I was born in the interior of Brazil in a small town in the state of Minas Gerais in 1966.
2.      WHEN DID YOU START CREATING? On a visit to an industrial scrap around 1996, where I visualized a peculiar lightness in the drawings of irons.


3.      SELF TAUGHT OR ART SCHOOL? Self-taught,  I have already been working with decorative paintings.


4.      HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK? My work is conceptual art, concerned with nature and recycling and especially challenging in proposing light and organic curves to metal.


5.      HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME? Not much, I always look for an innovative and differentiated aesthetic.
6.      WHAT MESSAGE, IF ANY, ARE YOU TRYING TO CONVEY THROUGH YOUR WORK?? My message is to all people who have a different look at everyday things to be inspired to create and produce works of art with recycled material.


7.      WHATS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED WITH SHARING AND SELLING WORK? The few opportunities for emerging artists and the prejudice against recycled materials.

 


8.      WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU? I’m trying to show that the rustic can be beautiful. My life is based on art .. it is my greatest pleasure.


9.      PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT? I am proud of all my works in seeing that I have turned trash into art.


10. ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TRYING TO LEAVE  THEIR MARK? Have the audacity and the courage to experience.

Well guys, It is safe to say that the saying, one’s man trash is another’s man’s treasure, has never been truer. If you want to see more of Rogerio’s work or get in touch with him, go and follow his Instagram or visit his website.

Ciao for now!

Be art!

Aby

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Hi there,

Boy, am I behind on this blogging situation, real life kind of took a toll on me, and I am just starting to catch my breath again! I shall try and do better!!!

Today I would like to introduce you guys to Andre Shepard and his beautiful artwork. He isn’t a man of many words, but his work most definitely speaks for itself. Instead of sitting here and typing up a storm, I’ll take heed from him, and cut straight to the chase!

So today, instead of sitting here and typing up a storm, I’ll take heed from him, and cut straight to the chase!

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1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I was born in Chicago but I grew up in Houston.

2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?

I started drawing at three years old.

3. SELF TAUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?

I learned art by just trying new supplies and new techniques so self-taught.

4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?

I would classify my work as urban culture.

5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?

I would say yes my style has changed over time you can see my growth.

6. WHAT MESSAGE, IF ANY, ARE YOU TRYING TO CONVEY THROUGH YOUR WORK??

I try to draw a happy feeling from my audience when the see a character from an old tv show that made them laugh.

 

7. WHATS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED WITH SHARING AND SELLING WORK?

My biggest obstacle is selling I feel I’m not outgoing enough to engage any potential buyer.

8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU?

I see myself only doing art for a living.

9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?

My proudest moment was my first show in 2016 because I was on the outside trying to figure out how to get in the art world so I felt like I made it in a sense.

10 ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TRYING TO LEAVE THEIR MARK?

Create and share as much as possible.

If you want to know and see more follow Andre on Instagram

ciao for now!

Be art,

Aby

What type of friend are you?

Hi there!

I am back on time (I think). In today’s people interaction news, I wanted to break down the type of friends or “friends” I’ve had thus far, which one are you or have you had to deal with? One thing I can say for sure, some of these are better lost than found!

So here we go!!

THE “YOUR COUCH IS MY COUCH”

I am so lucky to have a handful of this kind of friends. These are the people that gifts you books to help you plan your future finances, you create vision boards with and share dreams and future plans and trust they will either support you or shoot you down if objectively needed. Whatever secret you tell them you know they will carry it to their grave. These are the type of friends you go to networking events with, have pre-Christmas and Thanksgiving meals with, travel the world and that you actually care what they think about your significant other. ( They don’t like you? We got a problem boo!)  Basically, these friends are your family, your partners in anything that carries some type of real weight in your life and we all need one or two!

THE “HEY CAN YOU…”

Oh but how fun is this one tho. This is the friend that is your best friend just as long as you can provide whatever it is that they are trying to get out of you. It can be time, love, a shoulder to cry on and of course money. This is an opportunistic “friend”, that will disappear ( if you are ever so lucky) and be nowhere to be heard from. They might stick their head out once in a while, but please believe, it will be for some type of favor. This friend will have the audacity to get an attitude with you, if you were oh so “bold” to ask for something or even better to ask for something back! I think we all need one of these in our life, and just call it:”the lesson learned” friend.

THE “IM SO SAD…ALWAYS”

Got to love these friends, mainly because to be loved is all they really want. This friend is the person that in a text conversation will never answer your questions because they are totally absorbed in their messages being sent and responded. They are the friend that genuinely loves you, and needs your support in pretty much anything they are trying to accomplish in life, they just have a more negative way of seeing things. I think this one is a tough one to have if you do not have a strong personality. They say misery loves company, but if you are able to bring that friend up to a positive place without being dragged in the theme of self-pity, then I think this friend will show you how to care for someone without any expectations in return.

THE “WE DIDNT WORK OUT AS A COUPLE”

You meet a person and you think you are going to date and be the best thing ever since Ellen and Portia, come to find out you were more like Kim Kardashian and the Kris dude. But don’t fret that is because you were meant to simply be great friends. I mean once you have seen someone naked there really isn’t much else left to be uncovered. As long as no one’s feelings were truly hurt this can be a really nice friendship, (I like mine) and a complete judgement free zone!

THE “HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG?”

This is not for everyone, but I enjoy those friends that I can go for months without communicating with and the second we reconnect is almost like time as stopped and nothing has changed since the last time we had spoken. These friends are the opposite of “I’m so sad”. The time apart is so much that all you want to do is share all the great things that happened in that time span, this friend is like a much needed random boost of energy that always hits at the right time!

Well, guys, these are my top five! what do you think? Can you relate or do you have other examples!!!

Ciao for now!

Be art,

Aby

Networking…ugh!

Hi you guys!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and that your 2017 is off to a great start. I got to say so far mine has not disappointed. Next month I will finally officially start my new career as a consultant analyst for Accenture, move to my new place and even start looking around for studio space. Needless to say, I am extremely excited. All these good things would have not been possible if it weren’t for the so dreaded meeting people and networking activities.

So in today’s “human interaction” news I wanted to share what I have learned and has actually kind of been working for me as an introvert trying to network. I am still struggling with networking and learning how to effectively communicate with people I do not know, but these 5 points I think are a good start for anyone.

  1. SMILE: Seems really silly, but smiling is contagious, by just smiling at someone you open up a door you might have never known was there. Would you want to communicate with a grumpy looking person? I know I wouldn’t and further more if I were in the position to refer said person to a job, or an opportunity, I probably wouldn’t care to share and associate myself with a  recommendation of someone who can’t even bother cracking a sincere smile.
  2. TELL YOUR STORY: We all come from somewhere and been through some things that someone might find absolutely amazing, interesting, inspiring heck maybe even sad, who knows; either way be authentic. My testimony to this is my future position. While driving for Uber I met a lovely lady who after talking with me on her way to the airport felt like that my story was so unique and interesting that she gave me the business card that would forever change and shape my future to exactly what I have envisioned it to be, a few months later here I am preparing to start my Accenture career.
  3. BE READY: you never know when the right person might be in front of you, be ready; Always. I kept a stack of cv’s in my car, which I gave out a few times while driving for Uber. Try to have a clear idea of what it is you want, if you can’t express it, then chances are it can’t be understood either.
  4. LISTEN: ok, granted, there are some people out there that really just love the sound of their voices, but if you are lucky enough you might find a person whose words could be the inspiration you needed at that moment or the “link” that was missing in your quest, whatever it may be.
  5. RESEARCH: As much as random networking encounters are a lot more fun and perhaps bearable, I found that making a list of upcoming networking events that were cohesive with my desired goals really did help. The presence of a bar didn’t hurt either ( as long as you know you are still trying to be professional and what not!)

Well guys that is all I got for now! Have a great week!

Ciao for now,

Be Art!

Aby.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

HI GUYS!!!Happy new year! Hope your 2017 is off to a good start, and that you are still holding on strong to those resolutions!!!

It’s time to meet a new amazing artist! His name Is Mark Arceneaux and for once I did not find him through social media.

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Being at many art shows in Houston, we get to meet a lot of people and fellow artists. Mark was a “show neighbour” for a while. It never failed, for whatever reason,  we always ended up being placed near each other and became friends over time. He is a nice, and fun guy and his work it’s beautifully strong and inspiring, and of course I couldn’t wait to share it with you all! Enjoy his voice and his work. You’re welcome! 😉

1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Houston Texas

2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING? I started drawing at a very young age, I’ll say around 5 or 6 years old.

3. SELF TAUGHT OR ART SCHOOL? To be honest a mixture of both, I went to Johnston middle school where I took an art class every day for three years, but only a semester in college.

4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK? Vibrant, fresh, raw, unique, bold.

5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME? Yes extremely, lol the first time I ever touched oil to my current oil paintings I definitely see the growth thank God lol

6. DRAWING OR PAINTING? WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE? Painting is my new favorite due to the different colors and blending I can express myself better with painting.

7. HOW AS YOUR WORK BEEN RECEIVED AS A GAY BLACK MAN ?? “Exhale”…to be honest it never came up during small or large art events, but I never hide who I am nor do I put on a front I embrace myself and all that comes with my personality. I think that’s what is more important than who I decide to fall in love with.

8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU? Honestly, my biggest fear is to die a nobody forgotten like the others who came and went. I want my work to change all of that I want my work to be studied in the art books like all the great artistS who came before me.

9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT? My first art event in New York and New jersey, I didn’t know anyone so I went there with a dollar and a dream. I sold one piece titled Shattered Dreams and once I came home I never looked back just kept creating

10 ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TRYING TO LEAVE THEIR MARK? To all young artist Be yourself, don’t jump into the “trends” movement. Embrace your weirdness and yourself. Also when you’re happy, sad, angry, depressed, broken whatever just paint and or draw, you never know who you might inspire. Last thing if you have a solo show or be apart of an art event make sure the entire room knows your name before you leave.

 

Thank you Mark for your honesty, and for creating amazing work!

Ciao for now,

be art

Aby

COMFORT ZONES

Hey guys!

I know… just when you thought I had this blogging on time thing under control….here I go disappearing two weeks smh, I am trying to do better tho I swear!!!!!

So today I wanted to talk about that good ole comfort zone. As easy it is to stay in it, I’ve recently come to find out that stepping out, going with your gut, and just going for whatever it is you have your sight on, can actually be a really interesting and empowering experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to tell you it is all butterflies, rainbows and happy quotes, half the time it actually sucks big time.

I think by now you know I was a basketball player, and that has been my job for about 10 years. Now imagine trying to find a job you like after “playing” for pay.

And just like that, that was my first face to face with getting out the comfort zone, and man…it has been by far the hardest, loneliest and flat out most depressing experience ever in life. Settling for any job was not going to cut it, so me being me, I Ubered , Favored, work as a personal trainer, became an interpreter, sold art ( shout out to all the awesome art collectors out there, you are the real MVP) all the while searching for what I finally got 8 months later.

8 FREAKING MONTHS y’all, I was this close (picture thumb and index very close to each other), to quitting, and working for the sake of not starving, but didn’t feel it would have been fair to all the sacrifices I had made up until that point and today, 75 days away from starting my new career, I am very happy I stuck to my guns.

All this to say, is there anything you are willing to really sacrifice everything (or a whole lot) for? What’s holding you from doing that?

The out of comfort zone plunge hasn’t happened only in the “adulting” department though. If you read the Introvert entry, you know how I feel about human interactions, but sometimes I catch myself feeling vibes I am drawn to, and my curiosity adds to that pull. Well without any hidden agendas, I found out that a simple compliment, or as someone stated “sliding in the DMs” ( I was so not sliding) could build futurable friendships I would have never known about. “Nothing great ever happens in the comfort zone” might be the single most cliche yet, true statement I’ve heard in a while.

The new year is around the corner, I do not do resolutions, but I do make lists (lots of em), vision boards ( the current one is for a 6months time frame) and plans for things I need to work on with the new year, and I am planning on trying to keep open and step out of the comfort zone more often!

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What do you have planned for the year to come? What “fear” are you ready to let go off?

Ciao for now,

be art,

Aby

 

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Hi Guys,

it’s that time of the month where I get to introduce you all to a new artist. Today I would like for you to meet Cecilia. Once again, this was a social media find, and turns out we have a whole lot in common! Nigerians (but 1st generation something else), Texas residents, pro hoopers and artists…like whaaat?! This artist is at the beginning of her career, but her work is amazing and I for one cannot wait to see her portfolio grow over the years!

So, ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you Cecilia N. Okoye !!

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1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I was born in Houston, Texas and raised in DFW, Texas mainly Mansfield, tx.

2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?

I started creating as a hobby in elementary school.

3. SELF THOUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?

I’m a self-taught artist but what helped was trying to be able to draw like my brother and sister when I was younger which started my interest.

4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?

It’s hard to say what I would classify it as, but I would say it’s more Afro-Centric than anything else.

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5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?

Yes, I believe my style changed over time and will continue to change because I first started pencil sketching, then moved to acrylic paint, then started making art videos of the process, and now I’m in the process of shifting towards animated videos.

6. THE VIDEOS ARE A VERY INTERESTING ADDITION TO YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS, WHEN DID YOU START USING THEM AND WHY?

I used the video for the first time 2 years ago and the idea was to get the viewer more involved in the final product of the art. I believe people will be more connected if the see the process as well.

7. HOW DO YOU BALANCE BEING A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER AND AN ARTIST?DO YOU CREATE DURING SEASONS?

The way I balance art and basketball is really just painting during off season mainly but I will try and squeeze some art work in during the season.

 

8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU?

I’m not really sure where I want my art to take me but I hope I will find an opportunity where I can do something with art or creativity for a living.

9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?

My proudest art achievement would be my Kid N Play portraits because that was the first acrylic painting that turned out how I wanted.

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10. ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TRYING TO LEAVE THEIR MARK?

My advice to any young artists is never let something you love to do turn into a job that ruins that excitement. Keep creating what you connect with.

If you’d like to find out more about Cecilia you can find her on facebook or Instagram!

Ciao for now,

be art!

Aby

BEHIND THE ARTIST

Hey guys,

Yea I know, once again I missed a couple of entries, but let me tell you, that job search life was no joke!!But I am happy to report the big search is over and in a couple of months I will be starting a new journey and a new career. I am pretty excited about 2017, that’s for sure.

So about what we are going to be talking about today, a good friend of mine said this to me “Aby, when I scroll through your social media, yes I see your art and its great and all, but..I don’t see you, how are people supposed to connect with your art, if you don’t allow them to connect with you?”

I really never thought about it, but that got me thinking, and well I guess she is right!so today I figure I’d introduce myself and share a few things you might or might not know about me, and see how that goes!:)

Hi all, my name is Abiola, I go by Abi (Aby on paintings) and I am a visual artist…among a whole lot of other things!

I am Italian. I was born and raised in Parma ( the land or prosciutto and Parmesan cheese, for lack of better references). Italian is my first language simultaneously as English, but being my parents Nigerians I also understand one of their languages, which is Yoruba, I went to a scientific high school and I wanted to be a pediatrician.

I was a professional basketball player. After coming to Texas in 2002 with the intention of playing college ball, life was kind enough to grant me my wish. I played at Baylor, won a national championship and kept the ball rolling ( ah!! unintentional pun) by playing in Europe: Israel, Hungary, Spain, Italy and England. This went on right up until last March when my body kindly( or not!) let me know it was time to retire and move on to other life activities because well…my knees had enough, and I had no choice but to listen.

I like to learn. While playing in Israel I enrolled in an Ulpan class, that’s where Jewish people who are going through the process of aliyah usually go to learn Hebrew…I just had time to spare! While in England I went to grad school to get a master degree in International business management, but just in case that didn’t turn out to be a successful choice, I also took the LSAT and got accepted into law school as a backup plan. I was totally ready to sacrifice three more years of “adulting” to get what I wanted, but as you’ll have it, the master was enough for me to get what I actually wanted!

Languages. And cultures might be my most favorite thing ever in life  right along art! I speak Español, Italiano, English and I can get away with Hebrew (עברית)  and Yoruba. I also recently find out I can hold a whole convo in Portuguese by responding with the few words I do know and a mix of Spanish and English, lol but I do need to learn Brazilian Portuguese to a proficient level soon!

Shy. I am a very shy person, might not always translate as shyness but I promise I am not mean!lol  Being an artist was the easiest way for me to communicate with people without really having to say much, that was the case until I started taking part in art shows and painting live. It’s a work in progress and can be a bit scary at times, but I am getting better, especially in the “talking in front of a crowd” category.

Well, that’s it for now….I would hate to give too much away!:)

But will love it if you had anything you’d like to know and asked!!!

Ciao for now,

Be Art,

Aby

 

 

IT COST THAT MUCH??!!

Hey guys!

Hope you had a great week and fun plans for the weekend. So whether you are an artist, an art admirer or a collector in the making, I am sure you’ve been faced with this question: “How much does this piece cost?”.

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I cannot speak for those top selling artists whose work goes for above six figures ( sigh…one day…) but for most of us, the pricing is a very sensitive matter. Aside from sentimental attachment to some of our work, there are infinite amount of hours, loss of sleep, skipped meals and the list goes on.

All of these things are obviously very hard to quantify, but let’s be honest, no one really questions how much someone gets paid for their “regular” job, matter of fact we all would like to get a good high paying job right? Well, being an artist IS a job, some of us have student loans to be repaid, bills, car notes, insurance, entry fees to art shows and the big bucks go to guess what? the good ole art supplies.

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There is nothing wrong with not being able to afford a piece of art, but questioning artists about their prices and making them feel like they are in fact too high is like telling them (us) we are not worth what we think but what YOU think.

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So today I decided to help you understand a little more of what goes on behind the scene and maybe see that the value we give to our work, is not based on pure “I think I am THAT good, and that’s how much you should pay for all that “goodness”.

CANVASES:

I almost fainted the first time I bought a gallery wrapped big sized canvas. Let’s start by saying you can find a cheap version of pretty much anything, but chances are for our next creation we would like to use something durable. I have been painting on a larger scale for the past 6-7 years, and I love it but that good ole 24″ x 24″ and up starts at…wait for it…$95.50 ( now on sale for half btw guys) and the 24″ x 36″ is $115 ( also on sale now) at the Texas Art Supplies which is a store I truly love, and always has student discounts ( that ship sailed for me in May). But you get it right? The bigger the size the higher the price.

PAINT BRUSHES: 

There are brushes that are better for oil and some are better for acrylics. To cut cost I usually try to go for the sets, because if I were to start buying individual brushes starting at about $3 each (if going really cheap, which most likely means shedding and random hairs on the paiting) you would really hate my prices…keep in mind I own at least 100… any way back to the topic at hand, a somewhat decent brush set, that has at least 12 brushes costs about 15$ and will need a selection of pointy tips, flats and rounds, so 45$ for those three sets right?

PAINT COLORS:

This is where it all goes to hell!! Oil colors are oh so freaking expensive but painting with them is an experience I can no longer let go off. So to paint with oils you need actual oil, and let me tell you, 55ml bottle of poppy seed oil is a good ole $15, or you could pay $14 for half the size of that in oil painting medium. Then you need the turpentine,  (about $5) which is actually not bad if it wasn’t for the fact that everytime I leave it out too long it evaporates, hence it is a very reocurring buy. Then of course the oils, this suckers…one tube will cost you anywhere between $5 – $40 and guess how many are needed? A LOT!

Cleary as you can see this could go on for way too long, ( acrylics paints, charcoal sticks, pastels, easles, art show entry fees, studio rent, spray cans) so I won’t bore you any further, but next time you question an artist’s price, think about how much was put forth for the painting to be presented to you in the first place!

Also remeber, if we feel like the love you have for the piece you are admiring is that deep, we might actually give you a nice discount!!😉

Let me know what your experience with this has been and PLEASE let me know if you find cheaper pricing on ANYTHING!!!

Ciao for now,

be Art,

Aby

 

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Hey guys!!

Can you believe is already November and my birthday month is already over??!!! Sheesh, where has the time gone!

Well, the good thing about it being November is that I can finally introduce you all to this month’s artist!! I am very excited and maybe a bit bias about this one.

Today I want you all to meet Elisa Cantarelli, she is a childhood friend of mine from back home, we were basketball teammates and I have been a fan of her artistry since her days in high school when she showed up at practice with her portfolio, and a pointillism drawing of Micheal Jordan was in there. It is safe to say my whole jaw dropped!!

So it is to no surprise that she is doing her damn thing out there in London, but enough of me, let her tell if for herself!

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1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Salsomaggiore Terme, a small town in north of Italy.

2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?

Since I was a child I have always needed to express myself in a creative way. Throughout my life this has happened mainly through Art and sports: freedom to create, energy and discipline to reach my goals and dreams. My primary school teacher preferred to teach applied art instead of literature or history. This was probably my first Art influence. I used to play with puzzles and colouring books a great deal. I like to believe “dotting” is an evolution of my favourite childhood games, as a different way to colour an image using drops of colour, becoming dots to compose the picture, like pieces of a puzzle.

 

3. SELF THOUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?

Art Schools: Istituto d’Arte P.Toschi, Parma; Fine Art Academy (Bologna).

4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?

Mixed Media – “Dotting” mainly on digital print. I call “Dotting” the meditative part of my creative process: the drops falling, colour on colour, shade on shade, to create a three-dimensional texture of dots which attracts the viewer, engaging them from a visual perception to a tactile one.

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5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?

I believe in the strength of my technique in enhancing the image I chose to work with. I have a total freedom subject wise. During the last couple of years I have developed my “dotting” technique, by experimenting on different materials: fabrics, clothes, accessories and objects. I always love to create something new, combining “my dots” with different media and supports, finding new levels to my Art, stretching the boundaries to see how far it can go. My last series “Flush this out” is a combination of drawing with pencil, ink, paint, crayon and… dots, on a wood panel support with a toilet seat to frame the work.

6. DRAWING OR PAINTING?WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE?

Dotting 😉

 

7. HOW AS YOUR WORK BEEN RECEIVED IN LONDON?

It hasn’t been easy here. There is a lot of competition in London, amazing variety of artists and galleries but also opportunities. If you really believe in what you do and you are ready to work hard to reach your goals, London is the right place. Everytime I have the opportunity to show my work to the public I always look forward to see people reactions when they see my pieces in the flesh: it’s the best! So I can probably say that my work has been well received and appreciate by Londoners.

8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU? 

As long as I am allowed and free to create whenever, wherever and whatever I want… it doesn’t really matter where my dots will take me.

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9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?

I usually tend to focus on few little goals each year to organize and discipline my self. I (really) enjoy my achievements and (have to) accept and learn by my failures. You know: artists+emotions= ups & downs! But if I really have to choose, one of my proudest art achievements has been exhibiting my “Oz… Shoes” series at Art First Bologna and then at Paris Photo through Base Gallery (Tokyo), truly the most overwhelming feelings.

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10 ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TRYING TO LEAVE THEIR MARK?

Have a dream. Set your goals. Be humble and prepared to work really hard (not only in studio creating). But most of all, as my dad always told us the time we were playing basketball together back home: ENJOY!

If you want to see more of her work or contact her you can do so by E-mail,  going on her website www.elisacantarelli.com on her Instagram or Facebook.

Ciao for now,

Be art!

Aby