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

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

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

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Hello there!!! Ahhh how I love October, the weather is changing, I can ride around with my windows down and more importantly IT’S MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!!!!!:) That was not biased at all!

But today is not about me, so let me get back on track real quick. It is the time where we meet an up and coming artist that his doing is thing, and whose work is worth getting familiar with.

So today I introduce to you, Houston-based artists John Whaley:

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1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I’m from Lake Charles, Louisiana.

2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?

I’ve been creating most of my life, I have always had a creative spirit. In high school my artist curiosity was really at an all-time high. I used to build customized bicycles with my dad. That is what made me want to design cars as well, and further my journey as an artist. After high school, I went into the military and put all those dreams aside. Now I’m back on track and staying focused on my dream.

3. SELF THOUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?

God given talent Self Taught artist

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4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?

I really don’t like putting a “class” or title on my style of work. I feel it is very open and expressive. this means I like to combine different elements of other styles I’m inspired by, to create my own. I can go from really colorful to stripped down black and white. But if I had to put it in a class, it would be abstract expressionism.

5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?

Oh yes most definitely! My style has grown. At first, I was only using paint to create, now I use recycled materials and other things to give a great creative touch to any idea or concept I have in mind.

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

Painting is definitely my fav, I’m not as strong of a drawer as I am a painter. With my work, I want to take it a step further and be more of a “creative” than a painter. This happens by using mixed media, like recycled materials etc..

7. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO BECOME A MEMORABLE ARTIST IN YOUR OPINION?

Legacy. You build a legacy by doing great things for not only yourself but for the community and those who are in need. The key is being a part of something that is bigger than yourself. Not fame or how much money you bring in, but the difference you made in the world with your talent.

8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU?

I do a lot of work for charities and special causes. Eventually I see my work taking me further than any dream I have thought of lol.. but for now, I see my work taking me across the globe. Different countries and villages, allowing me to bless them with my gift!

9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?

Proudest art achievement has to the collaborative piece I did with my nieces and daughter. It was a portrait of them together and they worked with me on it!

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

Pray Always, be the hardest worker in the room and lastly… always follow your dreams -peace.

Ciao for now!

Be Art,

Aby

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

It’s time to meet another artist!!Today I am taking it back to Houston TX and want to share with you guys Sam Leger’s work.As we were both at the Dope art show audition (shameless plug yall come out and check it out on Sunday! will both be there!!!), we got to talking and me being me, and a habitual facebook artist stalker, I asked him if I could interview him and here we are!

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1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Miami born, but Houston raised

2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. When I was 4, I remember having competitions with my brothers to see who could draw the best ninja turtle.

3. SELF THOUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?

Both, as stated before, I have been drawing since I was 4 but I took the opportunity to go to art school for 3D animation. It definitely helped me to grow, however, if I was diligent enough on my own I could have saved myself from unnecessary student loans.

4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?

I would classify my work as a mixture of fine art and graffiti.

5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?

Definitely! And I still have much further to go. I’ve gotten better with proportions and depth. Also I’ve learned how powerful the use of negative space can be.

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

As much as I love to paint, drawing will always be my first love. Supplies are endless and there’s never any limitations with drawing, other than the limitations of my imagination (and there are none lol)

7. DO YOU HAVE ANY ARTISTS YOU LOOK UP TO, OR THAT YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED TO COLLABORATE WITH (PAST OR PRESENT)?

Absolutely. Presently, I’m a big fan of Jon Moody, Justin Bua, Paper Frank, Marcus “the visual” Williams, Chevelin Pierre, definitely Mshindo Kuumba. I’d be honored to work with any of them. Artist of the past only moves me soo much given that a lot of “well known artists” such as Van Gogh got their influence/ entire style from Africa and what was considered “Dark Arts” at the time. But none the less, Rembrandt and DaVinci are worth mentioning.

8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU?

I see myself having my own art shows soon and eventually having my own animation/ production studio.

9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?

Without a doubt, my proudest art moment thus far was being blessed by the Queen, Erykah Badu, when she purchased my first major painting as an artist. I was thinking that I had so far to go before something like that would happen, given that I only started taking painting seriously in March of last year.

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

My advice to young artists is to simply be diligent, create something every day, and never be afraid of a canvas and what you can do with it, they were literally made to bring your creations to life.

Ciao for now,

be art!

Aby

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: RONALD DRAPER 

It’s finally artist of the month time!!!!! And I am so excited for today’s interview because  Ronald Draper  is a guy whose work I truly admire.


Now y’all know my social media artists “stalking” game is strong…if I find an artists that I like, respect and that I can learn a thing or two from I want to know everything about what makes them tick.

I have been following this dope artists on Instagram for quite some time and needless to say I made my “followration” very known.

Well that turns out to be a good thing because now I can share his voice with you all!

1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Harlem, New York

2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?

I’ve been creating since I was a little kid, I still have art that I created when I was 4 or 5. My Mother kept me involved in all types of creative things growing up. That’s probably why my art is a combination of so many styles.

3. SELF THOUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?

A little bit of both. I went to the High School of Art and Design. There, I learned all the rules, but I tought myself how to break them all.

4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?

Mixed-media, large-scale, inspiration driven, a multi-faceted and multi-sensory artistic experience.

5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?

Methods change, but style remains the same. Your style will always be a direct reflection of who you are. My work, without question has evolved, but the style will never change.

6. WORDS ARE AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF YOUR WORK, HOW DID THAT COME TO BE?

When my father passed in 2012, I had a tough time dealing with the guilt I felt from the way I treated him the last few years of his life. There was a quote from Albert Einstein that helped me place everything into perspective (“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”). If that single quote did what it did for me, I had to figure out how other quotes could affect others through my artwork.

 

7. DO YOU HAVE ANY ARTISTS YOU LOOK UP TO, OR THAT YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED TO COLLABORATE WITH (PAST OR PRESENT)?

Growing up I was a huge Keith Haring fan. He was my introduction to Art as I saw his work all over NYC. I love his use of color, motion, and lines, and even the words in his work. As I grew older and did my research, I thought it was amazing how he used his art to help generate awareness for causes that he felt strongly about. For him, it was all about the message. There are tons of artists that I’ve worked with, collaborating in different forms (consultant work, merchandise etc). I just want to keep on working with those who are all about inspiring others.

 

8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU?

I try not to think that way (I know it’s odd). If you were to ask me 3 years ago if I would be where I am now, I’d think that you were crazy. I’m just working hard to inspire as many as I can, and whatever opportunites come from that will come.

9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?

I think it’s a tie between opening my own showroom and becoming the Director of Contemporary Art for Harlem Hospital. My studio space is something that I thought was so far from reality at one point, and just a big part of my life now.

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Working with Harlem Hospital to curate the art experience for the entire campus is HUGE. I was born there, and I relish in the opportunity to help other artists by introducing their work to a new base. I believe that Hospitals should be the agents of truth, especially truth through art. Art has the underestimated ability to heal, so it’s important to have it present in spaces, and not that stuff that hospitals order online, im talking art of the people.

Oh yea, those two and my 20ft installation in the hospital.

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

Keep working. Don’t stop. There will be those who don’t acknowledge your greatness. That’s not your problem, that’s theirs. Know that you have amazing things to come, even if you’re the only one that knows it. Don’t work to prove them wrong, work to prove yourself RIGHT. and always work like there is someone working 24hrs a day to take it all from you.

Hope you enjoyed Ronald’s story, you can learn more about him and what he stands for here and  on his website.

Ciao for now,

Be art!

Aby

 

Shameless plug!

Sunday I am having my second solo show in Houston, and I have been excited, busy, tired, creative and sleepless.

As I sit here and look at my living room/studio space, I am questioning my mental sanity, and why is this worth it, but then after each new piece of work I make, I remember…I just love how I feel when I create, and I can’t wait to share it with anyone who cares.

While prepping for this show, with a little bit of arm twisting by a few friends, I decided to not share on social media, progress shots of the latest pieces I’ve created…OH EM GEE….the social media addiction and need of approval it’s so real. Who would have thought that not posting a simple picture of my work would actually require discipline?

It’s safe to say that I made a couple of image hostages, and they were receiving the pictures I would have otherwise posted online.

REMIXING (IM)POSSIBILITIES…I went on google trying to find the perfect name for my show, and I found this cool “show naming app”. When I saw this title…I knew it was it. Remixing  (Im)possibilities has been my life for the past 4 months.

As a recently retired basketball player trying to find her identity and life path off the court, the impossible and the possible have collided plenty of times.

Art is the one constant, so until everything else starts making sense, I know I can always count on it.

Ok well, that was enough of me for today, if you are in Houston come on out Sunday, and enjoy an afternoon of art, live music and good vibes!

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Ciao for now,

Be Art

Aby