We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlos Grasso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carlos, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
The amount of practice/work it takes to create and understand meaningful artwork (traditional, modern or contemporary). On this day and age of fast and cheap the art world descended into the “whatever” without a solid structured foundation of understanding how things work. Money, ignorance and critical thinking rule the art world these days.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets you apart from others: Within the past couple of years I have been developing some very innovative series, like my “Canvas Deconstruction” series, where I hand slash/cut/shred the canvas and use it as sculptural material, I liberate it from the flat 2D surface it is supposed to be, creating a textural and visual new form of perception of the artwork. I am very proud and excited to continue exploring deeper this direction of this series. How did you get to where you are today professionally Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way: I worked very hard since I started studying how to create art, networking, improving and polishing the trade in order not only to have an understanding about what contributes to good art but also knowing the materials and tools enough so they become “natural” and don’t hinder my creativity flow. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t difficult either… only work; and one overcome challenges sustaining one’s practice by the joy and love of creating it. What I learned from all this is that everything is possible with the right attitude and hard work. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? I consider myself an explorer of the world and of my own experience in it. I try to translate that exploration into artistic forms to communicate with others the joy inherent in the art creation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in a very beautiful place called Ojai, some hour and a half from Los Angeles, with perfect weather year around, many trails in nature, and close to the ocean. Right now because of the pandemic there aren’t many activities as it used to be, but still the california coast is beautiful.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor and best friend for many years, master representational artists David Leffel who taught me everything I know about the basic principles that makes a work of art. Also the love and support of my family who encouraged me throughout my journey as an artist knowing that financially is not easy to be one…
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