We had the good fortune of connecting with Valeria Leczycki Goncharova Barrett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Valeria, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Numerous brilliant individuals in the history of the humanity were misunderstood and rejected by masses and were only recognized after their deaths. Among the hundreds and thousands of people, you will find only a couple of the extraordinary minds. They are just like diamonds in the ground; you can find only a few little pieces of diamonds in thousands or million grains of sand and rocks. Do not be discouraged that you are not recognized in the masses or understood by majority, maybe it is not the right time for you or the audience. But when the right time comes, your work will resurface if it was authentic and valuable for the evolution of humanity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I see myself as the citizen of the world, a cosmopolitan being who lived on two continents and have learned how to look at the world as a whole, without the land division on borders and languages. That’s what motivates me every day; when I create I think of the planet Earth and her dwellers, and how I can contribute to make it more advanced and harmonious. When I realized that our human world is a tapestry, it was easy for me to see what I can do to add some value to it. As I came from the family of artists, healers, medical workers and theologists, naturally that is where my interests and skills are. It also helped that my family came from the aristocratic background which brought some interest in education and discipline. When you fuse this all together, it becomes a unique but valuable set of knowledge that I inherited which I can use to help others and, consequently, our planet. That’s what my art is about. Whether I am painting, drawing, or when I produce my publication, FASHION Consciousness Magazine, or even when I design for or style public figures and celebrities in Hollywood or New York, now or in the past, I always approach it as my “duty to the world” to make it a better place. When you think like that about everything you do, you can’t do a bad job in anything you do. My art is about to trigger the awakening of the consciousness, to challenge the observer and begin to think beyond mundane consumerism and become conscious of your actions and choices. That’s why I created a FASHION CONSCIOUSNESS platform. Also I have a new fashion book coming out in Spring/Summer of 2021, “New Fashion Consciousness, Timeless Color Style.
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 show the visitors what “Southern California” means to me but also what most tourists want; ocean, mountains, arts and shopping, of course. First, we would go to Laguna Beach to explore some fantastic beaches and cool art community, then have a meal at The Loft at Montage, or at Broadway, or 242 Cafe Fusion. Then stop by New Port Beach for a harbor cruise to watch dolphins and whales. Of course have to stop by Disneyland to take a few rides. Then drive along the coast on highway 1 to Zuma beach in Malibu to splash in the waves, stop by Self-Realization Lake Shrine garden and visit The Getty Museum and Villa. After a quick meal at Nobu Malibu, go to a quick Rodeo Drive shopping in Beverly Hills. Take a tour at Paramount Pictures Studios. Then take a stroll in Melrose Avenue for some “cutting-edge” shopping. Go to Universal Studios for some “cinema adventure” and stop by some unique film prop thrift stores and buy a few fun souvenirs on Hollywood Boulevard (you know you have to do that). Take a one-day tour through LACMA, MOCA, The Broad, and the Hammer Museums. Then drive up to the Griffith Observatory to look at those beautiful stars. Than its time for the mountains. On our way to Sierras, stop by Huntington Library to check out their botanical gardens. On your way back from the Mount Whitney, you shall stop by Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona for some relaxation… And on, and on, and on… there are so much more to do in Southern California!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have been lucky to be born in the family of an extraordinary people; my parents who dedicated their lives to teach visual arts and my grandparents who were in the medical and homeopathic fields. Surely, every person I’ve met and every book I read in my life made an impact on me. Yet, I believe that the nest where I came from is the most important source of my ideas and inspirations. My mother, Natallia Hancharova, is not only a phenomenal, academically trained, contemporary artist, she is a philosopher, a healer and a true visionary.
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Vincent A. Chavez