Today we’d like to introduce you to Mauricio Santana.
Mauricio, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Art and self expression have been in my life ever since I can remember; whether it be playing musical instruments or photography. After taking some humanities and Mesoamerican-art-history classes, I was inspired and decided to take up painting at the age of 21. My brother bought me paints and an easel and I taught myself. I knew it was my true passion. It felt natural and organic. At the age of 36, I decided to put myself out there. I got some business cards printed and started an Instagram account. I went to local businesses in my community of North Park and introduced myself. Networking and meeting people. Getting out of my bubble. Other local artists and business owners began to contact me and I began to participate in the local art scene.
Has it been a smooth road?
I started 8 months ago. My artist friend of mine described the art world as a minefield. I have no knowledge about the art world or industry. I’m not sure what road I’m on. There are areas where it’s smooth but they’ll always be potholes along the way no matter how far in the road you may be. I’m learning as I go. I had no idea where to begin. How do I even get into an event?Things like setting up your space for a event and how events function in general. Learning how to network with others and building relationships and creating opportunities. You never know if someone drops out of a event and then a spot opens up and the event organizer remembers you. There a lot of good people that make it smoother and help out in the art community. The main struggle I had is believing in myself and in my work. Having enough confidence and taking the next step. If I was really serious about it, it was not going to be a hobby anymore and it’s a lot of work.
Tell us more about your art.
I would say it’s evolving. I don’t know what’s going to come out of me next. I don’t have a thought or idea of what i’m going to paint. There is no predetermined image. It’s not scheduled. I just wait for the moment to come. My style of painting may be considered unorthodox. I don’t use easels. I try to paint on reclaimed items I find in my alley such as boards, metals panels, tables, other people’s junk. I lay whatever I’m painting on a table or on the ground. Depending on the size. I stare and pace for a couple of hours, sometimes more. I start looking at the paints and grab whichever color calls out. Once I have felt it’s good I start painting and whatever happens happens. I’m not thinking. Things are just happening. One would label my style as action painting and/or abstract expressionism. I’m using all my body and walking around the painting, painting at all angles.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I’m learning about that. Another bump in the road. I can’t really comment on that. I’m going to do me and my art. The words trends and industry make me a bit uncomfortable when it comes to art.
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