We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephania Gambaroff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephania, why did you pursue a creative career?
Artists put a mirror to themselves and society; they help people to question reality and provide a place to think away from the busy race. Where everyone gets to be exactly who they are and be loved and accepted. Where we can hear each other’s voices. This is why art has always been on the outskirts of society, and that appealed to me. I didn’t want to be contained by the norms and the games. I always wanted to play by my own rules. As an artist, I like to create my own reality: full of colors, sounds, textures, and excitement; to create my own universes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel like my art works in a new paradigm that I call Tech Urban. Tech Urban examines the cultural and interpersonal implications of new technologies, questioning the technocratic boundaries with a visionary perspective. Information is becoming more disembodied in this age of artificial intelligence and even with frequently-reoccurring injustices and systemic violence. There is an incongruity that exposes the urgent need for society to undergo a radical shift and to create a new framework for impactful actions, ideas and social relations. This is how a real revolution can occur, and why I choose a specific medium for this body of work. Spray paint and Street Art have historically played a key role in starting revolutions. Street art is like a self-replicating algorithm. It appears on the wall encoding a message and then more and more appears around it and people communicate and carry the message with them.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
When people come visit me, I always take them first to the Figueroa Staircase, an architectural landmark brimming with history and secret street art, and for some fresh street art, 7272 Melrose and the Broad. I also do a lot of hikes around the Hollywood Hills. My favorite Ramen place is Tatsu Ramen. I discovered Stout has a nice terrace and those cheezy fries, yum! On a Saturday night, never miss the openings at Corey Helford, Gabba, The Hive, and Thinkspace. And the great dinner and cocktail at Misfit (Santa Monica). Stop nearby at Blick for canvas and paint supplies. When you suffer as an artist, I recommend you sing the pain away at SoopSok Karaoke in K-Town. When you’re and artist and worst comes to worst, I recommend Huntington Hospital. You’ve never been to LA until you spend the night in the ER, lol.
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?
I want to shoutout to the street art community @thepostman_art and @trustyscribe for the great collabs. Also huge thank you to all my collectors, who continuously help and support my practice. Huge thanks to Micheal Reeder who is a friend and a mentor. On the subject of books I want to mention The War of Art by Steven Pressfield as it really helped me to just focus on the work, keep grinding, and persevere. To friends in the cities I lived in LA, New York, SF, Montreal and Saint-Petersburg. want to thank my parents. Both of them are artists and I got the unbreakable spirit from them and the work ethic. And to my partner David, who is my partner in crime. He’s just the best.
Photos by Dave Thomas