Interview with pop surreal artist Juan José Surace - 2.part

Hello dear friends, today we will continue to talk to pop surreal artist Juan José Surace, enjoy reading:) If you have missed the part 1 of this interview, please, find it here.
 
What is your training? Are you self-taught or did you study in Art College?
 
I’m self-taught.
 
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you have encountered throughout your career without the formal training of the Art Academy?
 
One advantage is the creative liberty I have in terms of the use of materials and their possible combinations. Also the fact of making an inner exploration – not being surrounded by the work of others has favoured the individual character of my work.
Some inconveniences are: the number of pieces I have had to abandon because of technical errors and the lack of contact with other artists with whom I would be able to exchange ideas and experiences.
 
 
 
What is the best advice you have ever received in your artistic career, and what’s the worst?
 
The best advice I’ve been given was “Take no notice of other people’s opinions about your work, just keep producing”. The worst was “If you want to get into the gallery circuit, don’t paint knobs”.
 
What do you like about the art world? What’s the hardest thing about being an artist? Is the artistic life a lonely one? What can you do to counteract it?

I like the liberty I gain from making a living from something I enjoy and that inspires me, the fact that at 36 years old I can still be playing with my art and enjoying the art of others. The hardest thing about being an artist is the lack of any stable income. I don’t think I’m a solitary person, but intellectual solitude is a fact. Something about your work implies that it’s hard to share with others. There are times when you feel that, while you are painting or working up an idea, something important has happened inside you and you are not able to explain it because no-one would understand.
 
What creative medium would you like to explore that you haven’t so far?
 
I have a full length film project called “The gospel according Saduj” which I would like to make before departing this world.
 
 
 
Do you have any advice or words of inspiration for others – maybe advice for artists out there, just starting out?
 
That they keep turning out work; that they are not afraid of being accepted or judged by others.
 
Your favourite quote?...

I think it must be one I heard from my father once when I was putting off doing some tedious task I had to do, saying that I would leave it until tomorrow. The phrase is: “Tomorrow is the never of those who just give up”. I never knew whether he just made it up.

 
When you’re not creating what else do you do? What other interests do you have?
 
When I’m not painting or working on an animation I really enjoy music, whether it be playing the guitar or listening to a good record. I also enjoy nature, cinema, TV series or passing a nice time with friends.
 
Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
 
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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?

Currently I’m working on a new series of acrylics called “That strange company”.  A little reflection on death.
 
Thank you dear Juan, 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 :)