We had the good fortune of connecting with lilo (aka lilo on paper) bergqvist and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi lilo (aka lilo on paper), what role has risk played in your life or career?

Very early on I knew that I didn’t want to sit in my rocking chair, holding on to a lot of missed opportunities and thinking back on a life I didn’t live. So when I was a teenager I promised myself that I would never live a “what if” life.

I quickly learned that if you are lucky enough that an opportunity comes knocking on your door, you can’t grab it without taking some sort of risk. You HAVE to get out of your comfort zone.

There is always the risk of failing of course. But if you give it your best, something will always come out of it. The outcome might not be exactly like you had planned out in your head, but maybe the result will be even wilder than what you had planned and was able to imagine. And to me that is always worth taking a risk on.

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 am a Danish artist and muralist living and working in LA. I do signature black and white oneline drawings on paper and canvas. I always paint people, not as portraits, but more as abstract bundles of emotions.

I had never thought about becoming a full-time artist, until a (pretty big) art collector from NY reached out to me on Instagram and wanted to buy one of my pieces. That is when I knew it was time to leave my successful career in television and dedicate myself full-time to art.

Since then, my art career has been full of ups and downs: One day I feel like the queen of the world, the next day I think everything I make is useless and meaningless. It really is an emotional rollercoaster, but I have learned not to take the downs too seriously.

In the beginning I panicked whenever I would have a bad day, but now I know they will come. So when they do, I save my creativity for the good days and work on practical stuff like getting materials, talking to clients, updating my website and answering emails, instead.

When I started out I had a really hard time talking about my art to strangers. (Which is kind of crucial if you want to sell your art… Duh!) Everything I do has a personal story behind it, so in the beginning I felt like I had to reveal EVERYTHING about myself to people to talk about a piece I made.

The very first art show I did in LA was an emotional disaster/surprise for me. I felt like somebody had thrown me naked into the middle of the room for everybody to look at. Discuss my flaws and failures while they were giggling and sipping their drinks. That is how private I felt it was to show my art to the world for the first time. It was like I was shouting my inner thoughts and desires to random strangers. And in some way that is exactly what I do.

All my works are personal and the inspiration comes from a very private place. So they are my inner thoughts in a way. But now I know that if a buyer relates to a piece, most likely they can relate and appreciate the story behind it as well. And that way I end up having some awesome conversations with total strangers.

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?

When family and friends visit me in LA I always let them do the touristy stuff on their own first. Once they have done that, I try to get them to love what I love about LA: Get some much needed vitamin Sea, while having brunch in Malibu, sneak into a fancy hotel pool to sunbathe and sip cocktails, go to the Row downtown and get some serious shopping done, have dinner at SoHo House (and spend too much time in the photo booth there) – and end up in random people houses for late night drinks.

That is the perfect LA day for me.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gudrun from Rays of LA @raysofla

Website: www.liloonpaper.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liloonpaper

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