A while back I mentioned creating a section here titled "Fellow Artists", in which hoped to feature the work of... well, fellow artists. This has evolved into an interview type format to share with you a little more than just the visual. I want to share the wisdom and art spirit of my peers, which I find so enriching when picking their brains at openings or other events upon meeting them. I hope you find these Q&As as insightful and motivational as I do.
We kick the series off with Vicky Barranguet, a brilliant artist from Uruguay living and working in NYC. I've been following her work for years and finally met her and her work in person last week. I think it's very appropriate to start with this powerful force of creativity on International Women's Day.
Vicky in her studio
How do you describe your body of work?
Ever changing. An expression of the moment that we live in and that we go through. What I go through and what affects me. Each painting is different, and I try to respect whatever the moment inspires, new emotions and energy from different sources. I hardly repeat myself.
Who are your influences?
My kids, Lola and Simone, my husband Gustavo, through his music, and every artist, it always inspires me to see what other people have to say through their work. My teachers, Larry Poons, Frank O'Cain and especially William Scharf. Kandinsky, de Kooning, Kline, Mitchell, Motherwell, Rothko, Twombly, Rauschenberg, Basquiat, El Anatsui, Cecily Brown, are some of my favorite artists.
"Smilie", acrylic on canvas, 36x48 inches, 2016
How did you arrive at the work you paint now?
I have been painting for 20 years, now. My painting went through many cycles, figure and abstract, monochromatic and full color, and it keeps changing.
When did you decide this was a career path for you?
Suddenly, I found myself doing more painting than anything else. I started getting involved with galleries, artists, curators, and exhibitions and trying to promote my art in a more professional way. Today I am very happy to be a full-time artist. This is possible because of the recognition and support of many people, professionals, friends and family, that believe in my work and made me trust more in what I do.
Your worst art exhibit experience ever?
I got invited to a one-day exhibit, they told me that the exhibit was up for four hours or so, and it seems like not too many people came, so they left early, other artists had picked up their paintings and when I got there 2 hours before it would close, only my painting was there. It was sad!
"True Love", acrylic on canvas, 77x112 inches, 2015
What is the biggest misconception people have of female artists?
Let's ask the Guerrilla Girls...
What is the meaning of success for you?
To be able to work from love and passion, to keep creativity alive and be able to express your point of view and show your voice, in a sincere way, to be able to follow your intuition. To be able to stay focused, while having a family and being a parent. And of course to make a living from what you love to do, would be and is great!
If you weren't an artist what profession or path would you have chosen?
For sure something creative, also I would love to do something related to helping people in need... which I try to do through my art whenever I find the opportunity.
What is the role of the artist in today's world?
The same as always.
What's next for you / what are you working on?
Getting ready for my next exhibit in London, end of March, at The Other Art Fair.
Vicky's website: http://www.vickybarranguet.com