We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Gordillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Stepping out of my comfort zone is an essential part of my career, If I am in my comfort zone for too long, I know that most likely I’m not learning and that I have probably reached a plateau. I always make my biggest artistic strides forward when I’ve stepped into unfamiliar territory where I run the risk of failure. Without taking these risks often, it would become near impossible to improve.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart from other artists is my drive to constantly reevaluate how I think about painting. Every time I think I have found a good method that works for me, I try to see how a different artist would think about approaching a piece. I’m constantly changing how I approach my work and I don’t expect my work a year from now to look anything like what it looks like today. I am trying to collect a library of experiences from other people whose work I think is successful. This helps me while I paint because when something isn’t working I can pause and think “How would X artist handle this situation”. Usually after that, I’m able to overcome most road blocks that are presented to me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them outdoor climbing! I love rock climbing and I love sharing that passion with people who don’t have any experience with it. It is a great reason to go outside, and because of climbing I have been able to find the some of the most beautiful places around. After a long day of getting dirty and tired outside, I used to love taking friends to my favorite ramen place in Santa Monica called Tatsu. After that, we’d all drive down to this resort in my hometown and hop in a jacuzzi. Those days were some of my favorite memories before the pandemic started. In my opinion, there is no greater feeling in life than being exhausted with a full belly, relaxing in a jacuzzi by the ocean.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the summer after COVID I decided to try an online tutorial from an artist I admired on Instagram. This artist’s name was Zac Retz. When I finished the lesson I thought of art in a completely different way and immediately the quality of my work began to soar. I was so excited about my improvement that I became hungry for more lessons from more artists. I looked through social media for knowledge wherever I could until one day when I came across an online platform called Schoolism. I began taking courses in digital painting and practiced my craft every single day. I was having fun and I was curious about art. I wouldn’t be where I am without these people and resources that I discovered online.