We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Moreno Bianchi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I guess ever since I can remember I’ve always had that urge, to create, at first drawings, but then life sort of lead me in a different direction through law school and I’ve ended up in a business career until my mid 20’s. Even though I had financial stability I was most of the time wondering what was the point of life back then. I had absolutely no fulfillment through what I was doing professionally, and it drained me. Until I got to this realization that I needed to do something creative. So after that point I gradually left my work, back then, to the pursuit of something creative, obviously restarting all of my financial life from scratch, following to that I started painting and selling small paintings and posters, that sort of grew and I became a visual artist. From there, after some 5 years working in Brazil I came to the US to further my art knowledge and to try and understand the art market here, which then lead me into photography and videography in fashion specially, but for the sake of going back to the question, the search for fulfillment, something that would bring to me somewhat the feeling of being whole with life, or maybe even a place where I could grasp the felling of belonging. That’s why I pursued an artistic creative career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So, as a painter, having in mind that I’ve came from a business background it was very clear to me that I had to treat my practice as a profession, so work ethic was always in everything I did. Which lead me into creating a practice where there was no separation between life/work and I love it. I guess in that sense having a creative career where you work for yourself or you are the main producer of what you are doing you have to really live what you do, in a way. As an artist I never tried to separate my practice from my everyday life I think you have to let both the practice and life fuel each other. Obviously at some point I’ve had tough moments at in my career, the beginning specially. Nothing is really set yet, so it was tough financially, paying rent, food and living clandestinely in a studio I shared with other artists (without their knowledge) was part of it, but I’ve always had this phrase lurking in my mind “it’s going to make you a better artist” and it sort of did. Because of that I worked harder and harder, found ways to make it work and with that and consistency it got rhythm and flow. So to my experience some elements that will always push a creative person further is blurring the line between life/work, you got to live your work so it is meaningful. Working hard having work ethic toward whatever you’re doing and having something at stake are elements that will make anyone’s life in a creative profession change but the most important element of all is having consistency you don’t have to be the best on anything as long as you have consistency keep doing it you’re going to grow and make something out of it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Miami I always take my friends to the same places, there is this incredible Israeli restaurant in which the chef is an amazing friend (Yaniv) called Jaffa. There is this Mediterranean restaurant called Mandolin. For a good Cuban food at a price I go to the Latin Café. Iburger or Kush for burgers. For an amazing Italian food Sapore Di Mare, and for an Italian bakery type of food Paolo Fontanot or Mamma Leone. A great pho place at a budget is Pho 305. Tacombi for tacos. I always try to add a museum either PAMM here in Miami or NSU in Fort Lauderdale (which I absolutely love) most of the time they have great exhibitions (NSU).
I love to take people thrifting around Miami/Fort Lauderdale areas. Take them to the place I develop film (Bellows) everyday things.
Also like every good brazilian if I’m receiving brazilian people you got to take them shopping.
Sometimes you got to go touristy spots like wynwood, south beach, ocean drive, I always try to avoid those and eating around south beach is always just for tourists.
There are a bunch of great coffee places in downtown, mid town, design district…
I am not much of a nightlife person even tho when I started photography I did do some nightlife photography, there are endless options for night clubs here but fore more unique situations I guess Space and E11even are interesting.
It’s also fun to take a day at the beach and explore some of the parks around Key Biscayne if there is time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I guess that are just some people in life that hold a special place in our paths, in my case a teacher (Nancy) I’ve had when I went back to university, she was a turning point and still is a great friend, when she said “You should be an artist” and it made me think and have the courage to start leaning in that direction with more confidence, also through the roughest paths I’ve had my partner (Sofia) with me and we have always supported each other acting based on trust and the though that “if we are together it is to go further then we would do by ourselves”. Now lately I’ve been working with a lot of people that pushes me and make me go further with my video and painting work specially my friend Diego, that is an amazing photographer and friend. Of course family is too an important source of inspiration, mostly in the day to day things when I look back and their work ethics.
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