The next installment of Rumination is Sonoma, California artist, Lino Vicente. I followed Lino’s work for quite sometime now and his vision continues to evolved with each series that he paints. I had an opportunity to hang out with him this past weekend and I was able to see the newest project/series. He captured a great amount of complex patterns that featured faces of emotions and colors vibrant enough to captivate even those who has very little appreciation in art. The atmosphere of Sonoma Town Square made it very nice to have a great interview. We were surrounded with Spanish history and arts and craft everywhere we go. Other than the obvious, great wineries around Sonoma and Sonoma County, I could see why he lives there.
Mark Chua: How long have you been an artist?
Lino Vicente: Officially I would say close to ten years. I started with fine arts and even photography in school but moved into graphic design, but now I’m just concentrating on painting.
Mark Chua: It looks like you went with more on Fine Arts? What made the transition?
Lino Vicente: There was a period in my life that something personal happened and I really thought about what I really wanted to do with my art. Sometimes you need that to be push into it. That’s when I really wanted to just concentrate on painting and experiment with other medium.
Mark Chua: Would you say you feel more inspired doing what you do now?
Lino Vicente: Yes, graphic design is creatively different. I feel that I can express myself freely with painting.
Mark Chua: So what is the fuel and inspiration of all of your painting?
Lino Vicente: Anything can inspire me one way or another even the negative can be inspiring believe or not. When I’m painting I just go with the flow and just let it happen and the end product sometimes even surprises me. Emotions have a lot to do with as well.
Mark Chua: I been following your work for quite awhile and now I see a different format. What made this transition? I see a lot more complex patterns but it still feels organic.
Lino Vicente: It can be accidental or whatever you call it, in the end you go with whatever you feel or looks right. You try to work out of your comfort zone to get the best result is what I do too when I get stuck. We do get a sort of writers block as well and you have to try to get the best creativity but never force it.
Mark Chua: These progression, would you call it accidental? You found something that works and you went along with it?
Lino Vicente: I think for now I will just concentrate on putting it online, but I have other ideas, but eventually have my own working gallery again. I do try to save the people that like my work some money, I do think about that stuff too. I like it when people can give their creative criticism but it don’t really matter, but it can lead to other ideas sometimes. It’s great when you can talk to the artist to get some sense of what the artist is like or find out what the inspirations on a piece. I like talking to people about the pieces I’ve done because it’s like a memory lane.
Mark Chua: What are your plans for the new series? Gallery? Or you just keeping it just online?
Lino Vicente: I think for now I’m just going to do it online. I think a lot more artist are allowing themselves to get away from galleries and market themselves in different fashion weather it’s an open studio or a working gallery. A lot of artist in this area actually have a working gallery and they open their studio. In the long run too the buyers save a lot more. I do think about the buyers saving money as well from additional charges from the galleries. I think it’s a good feeling for them to buy something that they love and at the same time not have to pay so much money for it. There’s a lot of art lovers out there that can’t afford some of these arts but they have the love for collecting them. In addition to purchasing the art directly from the artist, you get to talk to the artist about their artwork. It gives the buyer more chance to appreciate the artwork where as if you buy it at the gallery you may or may not meet the artist.
Mark Chua: Well thank you for this opportunity.
Lino Vicente: Anytime! Thank You!
Check out Lino Vicente’s artwork at his website
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