1. Give us a personal background on yourself? (Where are you from, where do
you reside, what’s your preferred medium? Are you a cat or dog person? We
want to know!)
I’m from a small agricultural town named Acarigua in Venezuela, where I was very much connected to nature my whole childhood. I believe moving from Venezuela to different countries and cities inside the USA have influenced my work in different ways creating the connection from nature to my work. Specifically in Miami, I have noticed my work leading closer to my Latin roots since I live here. Living near the ocean helped me to connect with mediums in a different way and change the narrative of my work.
2. How did you first start your journey towards becoming an artist?
I think my creative side has always been with me. Ever since I was little, I would be interested in painting and as a teenager I had a strong fascination for photography. Through that branch and living a year in France after high school, helped me get to know different cultures and more about art overall. This made me realize that I wanted to explore deeper and get more involved, hence I got a BFA in Studio Art and a BA Graphic Design.
3. When was the first time you really saw yourself as an artist?
That will be my last semester in school. I went to Lindenwood University, in St Charles Missouri. When I had my first solo exhibition called Infinite Present. For me, going through the creative process, production, logistics, budgeting and installing made me realize the good and the ugly of this career and I loved every second of it. The first day of my solo show, when I walked into the gallery and I saw all the work ready (6 big gestural abstract paintings, 52 small wood tiles and one video art), I just couldn’t believe it was all me. It was like opening the doors of my soul to the world.
4. What do you think new artists struggle with the most nowadays?
I feel what we struggle the most is getting new opportunities in galleries as an emerging artist, it’s hard to get the first step on the door, I feel once someone believes in you and gives you the opportunity, the rest comes easier. Also, keeping people engaging in social media.
5. How did you learn how to set a price on your art/craft?
I think this is the hardest question and followed by this one: how much is your art actually worth?. It’s just not as simple as to put a number to your pieces, I think it loses a little bit of the poetry of your work, but we gotta sell to live. For starters, it will be good to do a math of how much you spend on materials and an hour rate with all the hours that took you to complete the piece.
6. What has been your favorite piece that you’ve created?
I don’t have one favorite piece, but I do have a favorite body of work, which will be my latest and most experimental work. Plantae Dialogue, which it was my first art installation, about plants, sustainability and recycling.
7. Who’s one of your biggest sources of inspiration right now?
PLANTS. I’m obsessed with plants, their textures, colors and shapes.
8. If you could pick one of your pieces to represent you as a person, which one would it be and why?
Recapture I, it’s based on when life was created, very soft with pastel colors and
acrylics on canvas. I feel it represents me in mellow way. Its actually the softer palette I’ve ever used.
9. What has been your happiest moment as an artist?
Surprisingly, it will be now, even with all the covid19 situation and many of the shows got canceled. When I least expected it, I got a gallery representation from a gallery in NYC (Agora Gallery). This has always been my goal since I was in college; I’ve been aiming for this for more than 6 years. I’m very excited and happy to share this with my family and good friends, whom have given me support throughout my career. This helps me keep up with my painting and happy with more desire to create.
10. Have you ever made any mistakes in the industry that have taught you a valuable lesson?
Definitely. If you do commission work, have an agreement of half payment before you start the project, so if something happens you have a secure deposit.
11. If you were a dessert, what dessert would you be and why?
That will depend on my mood of the day. Today I feel like a cookie Ice cream sandwich, with layers and a soft center.
12. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you work?
I pretty much like everything, but my go to are: disco, reggae, jazz, alternative rock and R&B.
13. What’s your least favorite trend at the moment?
I think it will be the pressure of being out there, and seeking the opportunity to turn
themselves viral on social media and look perfect and likable for everybody, but not
everybody will like your work and that’s okay.
14. If you could design a home out of literally any material, what would your house be made out of?
I rather feel safe than amused, so I will pick concrete; also have many plants as
possible, and maybe a glass ceiling to watch the stars and the rain. The less noise the better to have piece of mind to create.