We had the good fortune of connecting with Frida Cano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frida, what makes you happy? Why?
Being in sync with the rhythms of the Universe makes me happy. I believe that when you allow yourself to freely flow in life –just like water flows all over the planet– then everything makes sense, fear is gone, and insecurities vanish. Then one can really start enjoying the present time, whatever it is.
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.
I’m an artist who likes to work with other artists, sometimes as a curator and sometimes as an artist. Being with like-minded people triggers my inspiration.
I’m proud that I haven’t gotten caught up in the art market, because that probably would have limited my inspiration and actions into a very small fraction of the world. I like to see the big picture and act accordingly as the cultural producer that I am. It is not easy because the temptation to produce materialistic art to feed the ego is always there. Like I said, being surrounded or in conversation with other people, other creators who inspire me, is the way in which I keep my feet grounded and frees me to ask challenging questions through art.
The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is that I can create my own definition of success, follow it, defend it, and share it. This definition comes from the constant dialog with others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My neighborhood: Echo Park. A trip to the lake, Elysian Park, the stores on Sunset. Perhaps to other great locations such as Hollywood, the Observatory, and the Santa Monica Pier. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Xociartek, Gestión e Investigación Tecnológica, Educativa y Cultural Arttextum, Tejido de agentes culturales inspirados en Latinoamérica
18th Street Arts Center
Mick Lorusso, Wendy Cano