Art Talk - Ten Questions

Jose Higuera

 A glimpse behind the scenes into the artists studios and a look at the creative workings from artists across the world. A fascinating insight and privileged look into what makes them tick and why they do what they do…

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1. How long have you been an artist?

Since 1986.

2. What is your preferred medium and roughly what is the process for creating your work?

Oil on canvas

3. Describe your life as an artist in 3 words?

Reality as a source of creativity.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration from and how does it affect your creative process?

I believe that it is the process of artistic creation that gives the real sense to my life. It is not easy, but when one is alone in the room with the art work, there is total abstraction of the being and nothing else in this world matters, nor makes sense – no problems nor memories. It is in these moments when I feel being fully myself. In every instance the artistic creation starts with an initial idea that one wants to transmit; in general that initial idea evolves and becomes what one wants to achieve. To clearly transmit a message or a feeling through an image is not easy. The inspiration is something complex to explain – is a moment of imaginative clarity linked to a state of mind that should be appropriate not only for the work itself, but also to the specific art work one is creating. If all these conditions are met and the idea is good, the artistic ability will do the rest.

5. Who or what has had the greatest influence on your art and career so far?

Throughout my career I have had several people as mentors on both the personal and the professional field. I could not describe one as more important than any other because each period of my life has made me learn professionally and personally from different people.

6. What is the one piece of advice you would give to a new artist?

Advice is easy to give … maybe the best one is that hard work and dedication is paramount to get results.

7. What is the one item in the studio you couldn’t live without?

My working place is a small studio that I built myself on a garden behind my house. It is made of wood which makes it warm in the winter and cool in the summer – its interior is filled with rolled canvasses, other material and some unfinished paintings – it has a glass roof and receives an acceptable amount of light, I can’t live without this.

8. Do you listen to music when working in the studio, if so what?

No, I love silence when I’m working.

9. What are the best and worst things about being an artist?

Money is important to live, not to paint but you need money to live.

10. Technology is a growing presence in the life of an artist, what are your favourite apps or software to assist your work and promotion?

The new information technologies do have an impact in this profession as much as in many other activities. The promotion, advertising and the facility to contact galleries in foreign countries has improved significantly. On the way the artist faces his work there is no influence of the new technologies.

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