Hello dear friends, today we will continue to talk to pop surreal artist Raúl Guerra, enjoy reading:) If you have missed the part 1 of this interview, please, find it here.
What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career?
Mmmm,....finding what I want to say is always difficult. I don´t want to send out to the world the wrong message. So it is always hard to find my truth and what I want to represent. During the past years I’ve wandered here and there, looking for a banner to hold, I think I´m closer and closer every day. To be an independent artist is very liberating...but also it is a lonely path sometimes.
What’s your background? Are you self-taught artist or did you study art?
I studied art at the University in Granada, Spain. I graduated in graphic design. But to be honest little or nothing of what I learnt there helped much me during these years. On the other hand I have learned a lot from other fellow artists. I love to investigate and experiment, so I´m always trying new pencils, papers, brushes, mediums, etc...
What issues do you see with today’s art schools? How can they be improved? Do you think an art education is important or imperitive for anybody wishing to be an artist?
Not sure how Art School works on another countries...but the situation in Spain concerning art schools and education is terrible in general. Due to the situation, the global crisis, etc...people are more frustrated than ever...and this reflects on the matter of education. There’s no desire to teach properly, to form new professionals. Art education, under my point of view is very important but not essencial. It really depends on how you want to focus your career. A profound knowledge of the tools and techniques is a must for any art teacher.
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
I can’t really remember...I haven't been given too many advices and I don’t feel comfortable giving them. I prefer to follow my instincts and what my heart tells me. I don’t think there’s anyone who knows better than oneself what's better...but to answer the question...most of the advices I receive have to do with materials and tools, what to use, what’s best, what brand is more suitable, etc...and for myself, I tend to do the same...my best advice always would be: do what makes you happy. The rest would only confuse the others...
What do you dislike about the art world? What is the hardest thing on being an artist? Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
Elitism...I think this word resumes what I sometimes feel about the art world. One of the hardest things for me is the belief that our work is effortless, sometimes. Not sure how it is for others, but in my case, I spend hours and hours trying to improve...there is a lot of work involved in the process. And yes, it is a lonely path, at least for me. Nowadays, thanks to the digital platforms, we have the fortune to share our work and interact with people that follows our work and enjoy together the process and the direct meaning of our work. This helps a lot, or at least this is my opinion, to be able to contact with fans and people without any intermediaries and so, share the art, the words, the sketches, the meanings...
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Oils. Definately. I love this medium, but it takes longer to prepare/dry, etc...Meantime, acrylics and watercolours are my choice.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there?
Never cease to follow your dreams. If you fail, try again, and again...we all can learn. Try always to get as close as possible to your idea of happiness.
Your favorite quote is ...
No rest for the Wicked!!
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I love swimming and I love collecting toys. Those two consume most of my free time. I also love spending quality time with my friends and family.
Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
Indeed...✿ Website ✿
Although, I´m more active on ✿ Facebook ✿
Is there anything else you’d like to say? Is there any project you are working on right now or any ongoing event or exhibition you would like to share with our readers?
At the moment I´m working on a book with artist Ignis Fatuus about faery Lore and also on my own projects. Im trying to put together all my ideas about Mermaids for an upcoming artist sketch book. Then, a couple of exhibitions for next autumn. Last words but most importants: Never cease to create/ share /evaluate and transform all that surrounds you into wonders! That’s the secure path to mastery!Thank you dear Raúl, it was a honor to interview you, I wish you only the best for you and your art and I am (and I am sure the world too) already looking forward to see your new visions and works :)