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Name: Andrew Mariano
Occupation: Visual Artist

Andrew's work

 

Q. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

A: For as long as I can remember. Even as a child I spent most of my time creating.  With Some paper and something to write with I was set in my own world for hours. How little things change.

Q. What are some of the sacrifices that you made to get were you are at? 

A: A lot of meals...

 Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Everything is so crazy and up in the air right now it's hard to make a prediction for next week much less five years. I hope I'll be creating full time.

 Q. What is it like representing yourself?

A: Difficult. Creating comes to me as naturally as walking, but marketing is something alien to my nature. I'm just not a business person at heart.

Q.  Where do you see the future of visual arts going?

A: I see a large change coming about with the advancement of technology. Visual art/animation, Music/sound, and written word will grow together. An art piece will eventually be a maneuverable virtual reality in which the viewer and the art can interact.

Q. What advice do you have for other aspiring visual artists?

A: Be yourself. Do what comes naturally.

Q. What are some of the biggest mistakes that aspiring visual artists make?

A: Conforming to the cookie cutter molds and becoming just another clone in a vast sea of plastic Xerox copies.

Q. Whether we recognize it or not somewhere and at some point in our life somebody set an example for us, whether good or bad. It is those example that usually push to accomplish more and go farther with our ideas than we may have originally expected. Who is your role model and why?

A: I don't know if it would be fair to pick just one. There are so many people who have inspired me and what I do. As far as visual artists go, Keith Haring is my personal favorite. I enjoy his natural style, courage and philosophy. Other role models are Timothy Leary, Alex Grey, Aleister Crowley... the list goes on and on...

Q. How do you manage your time social vs. work. Do you have trouble balancing that?

A: I'm not sure you could really use the term "manage" for what I do, but whatever it is I try. No, not really.

Q. What is the most important thing you hope to gain out of your career?

A: Self realization, Helping others gain enlightenment from my own experiences.

Q. What inspires you? 

A: Life and all it's chaotic possibilities.

 

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