Interview with pop surreal artist Ron English

Hello dear Ron, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?
 
With an X Ray.
 
Forever, well, as long as I can remember.
 
Not really. When I realized no one had ever painted The Thinker on the John, I knew I had had the calling.


 
 
What was / is your major influences? Other artists, books, movies, music or any other media....What inspires you to create your artworks?
 
Every artist ever.

My over active imagination.


 
 
How does "a normal day of artist" in your life look like?
 
Colorful.
 
What’s your background? Are you self-taught artist or did you study art?
 
Both.
 
Do you think an art education is important or imperitive for anybody wishing to be an artist?
 
Both.


 
 
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you have encountered throughout your career with/without the formal training of the Art Academy?
 
Every little thing you can learn about art is helpful. Art school doesn’t really teach you how to be an artist though. It teaches you how to be a student or maybe a teacher. If you want to learn how to be an artist, work for an artist.
 
What fascinates you the most about surrealism / pop surrealism / contemporary art / lowbrow art?
 
I like art without borders or prejudice. Greatness comes from the artist, not the genre.


 
 
How would you describe your style?
 
Very personal with the veil of pop culture.
 
What themes do you pursue, what surrealism mean to you and what do you hope the viewer will take away from your art?
 
I believe my art expresses what it is actually like to be human today.
 
I use some surrealism because it is the art of dreams and dreams are the safe place we all make sense of the insanity.


 
 
What do you love most about creating and being an artist? What does “being creative” mean to you?
 
Having new ideas.
 
Can you describe your typical workflow when you’re working on your art?
 
Magic.
 
What are your tools of trade? What medium do you most often use and why?
 
My most important tool is my brain. My medium is your brain.
 
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
 
Mindreading.


 
 
Tell us more about your workspace.
 
It’s too small.
 
What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career?
 
Making money.
 
What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far?
 
You have to make money.
 
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
 
Be yourself.
 
What do you dislike about the art world?
 
That it’s only a world not a universe.
 
What is the hardest thing on being an artist?
 
Focus.
 
Is the artistic life lonely? If so, what do you do to counteract it?
 
Not really.
 
Street Art.
 
Where do you see yourself in the future? Professionally, what’s your goal?
 
Hopefully here.

Professionally my goal is to have everything I think become reality.
 
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there?
 
Work hard, work fast, work smart, tell everyone they are great, don’t talk too much about yourself, ask for help, surround yourself with smart people and question anyone with free advice.
 
Your favorite art or life quote is ...
 
If you believe, it doesn’t have to be true.
That’s mine and I don’t believe it.
 
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
 
Thinking about creating or sleeping.


 
 
Do you have an online portfolio, blog or social medias where we can view your work?
 
Popaganda.com and @ronenglishart.
 
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?
 
Everything is a secret until it’s not.

Thank you dear Ron, it was a honor to interview you, I wish you only the best for you and your art and already looking forward to see your new art works :)
 
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