Apolinar Quintero is an artist most known for his work with wood, paper, acrylic, mixed media and collage.
1. Apolinar, what age would you say you first began creating art? As a teenager I was into graffiti art. I guess my first experience with it was in the form of tagging. Then I got into a little sketching of characters.
2. Did you create for the fun of it, because you simply couldn’t not create art or some other reason? It was for fun and when you are young and don’t have a lot of money, making art and listening to music was what I did most of the time until I began making music.
3. What age would you say you first began defining yourself as an artist? It came late for me. I would say the last 4 years I’ve really began to define myself as an artist. I’m 33 now. Espie Munoz and I have been collaborating for a while now. We’ve been commissioned to do some art work and sketch work together. I think we are moving away from being bedroom artists and actually getting some gigs that pay.
4. What are your opinions about being paid for art? Do you consider yourself a professional artist? I see getting paid for “art work” as a thank you for your work and service. I’m confident enough now to consider myself a professional artist. We do shows. We get paid for work; and we are still evolving. I believe a professional artist is one that evolves.
5. Have you had formal training? If so, how do you feel it has helped you as an artist? How do you feel it has hindered you? If not, what are your thoughts about formal training? I have had no formal training as far as schooling but for me that’s been the adventure of all of this. For me discovering a technique or an effect and being able to reproduce it is what really brings me joy in the process.
6. If you could create art with a different medium than the one you are most well-known for, what would it be? Probably metal using welding techniques.
7. What inspires you? Do you have some sort of “something” you do that when you do it ideas for new projects just seem to flow? Do you ever record your ideas for future use? If so, what is your favorite way? For a while now I’ve been inspired looking through vintage old children’s books. That always seems to bring up ideas that eventually flow into something.
8. What’s your favorite curse word? “Pinche Mamon”
9. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? A professional runner!
10. What’s next for you? What else is possible? I’m going to be collaborating with 3 other artists, friends of mine, on future projects. All of us have different talents and we are all very excited about creating work together.
Anything else you would love to share here about you, your life, your art, anything? Me, you and God are one.
If someone would be interested in seeing, buying art you already have created and/or commissioning you for an art project; what would be your preferred way, currently, to have them contact you? They can contact me via email: email@example.com.
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