Interview : Veronica Blanco

In a few words, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an emerging visual artist located in Mississauga. I’ve been exhibiting my artwork steadily for the past couple of years in galleries, art shows and cafes in the GTA.  

How long have you been doing art?
Honestly, I’ve been making art ever since I could hold a crayon in my hand! Since graduating in 2014 from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours degree, I’ve been exhibiting in as many gallery shows and events as often as I can.

How did you discover your gift?
I’ve always been passionate about art in school but it wasn’t until my senior years in high school when I knew I wanted to focus on it as a career. Since then I’ve been working hard at improving my skill and turning my passion into a full time job.kiss-veronicablanco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us that “ AH HA! “ moment . Where your realized “ This is the path i want to take with my art “
After finishing my “Two Lovers” painting in 2014, I knew I wanted to take a similar direction with my work. I found a subject matter that I was fascinated with—relationships, love and romance—and I felt as if I found my style. I’ve always been intrigued by the human figure and abstract painting. By merging the two together into my “Two Lovers” painting, I knew I found something special. The work I created soon after was very similar and I’ve been enjoying the journey it’s been taking me so far.

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How would you describe your style?
My style is quite loose, layered, and abstract. For the most part, I’ve given up using a paintbrush and instead use painting knives and even my fingers. I try to keep my “brushstrokes” loose and large and I work fast on the canvas. I also love the texture that I’m able to achieve with acrylic paint and modeling paste so most of my work is quite layered with paint. I rarely ever use flesh tones and instead paint with whichever colour palette matches the mood of the painting. I’ve recently been exploring using brighter colours in my watercolour paintings.

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What does  your art mean to you?
Art is a way to express myself and can also be a form of therapy as I’m able to explore any issues or ideas with my paintings. But my main goal is to be able to evoke emotion with my art. If my art raises questions, a debate or even reminds someone of a memory, then I believe I’ve done my job as an artist.

Does anything outside of “Art” influence you ?
I’m constantly influenced by the people around me or any books, TV or films I’ve seen.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by other artists, personal moments, movies, books, people around me and even by a conversation. That being said, most of my work is very personal as I paint from my own experiences.

An artist you particularly admire?
I admire Lucian Freud’s painting style and Bryan Saunders for his dedication to fully immerse himself in his work. I’ve become sort of a combination of the two: I apply the paint in a similar manner as Lucian Freud and my artwork is very personal and at times I too immerse myself in the work whether by painting with my fingers or by painting myself in a piece.

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What is happiness?
Doing what you love and surrounded by those you love.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Probably Spain or Argentina, the lifestyle there is much different and the scenery is beautiful.

Can your art be found anywhere besides online?
Besides my website, www.veronicablancoart.com, I am constantly displaying my artwork in Toronto art shows. Most recenetly, I will have three paintings on display and for sale at the Tantra Lounge on St. Clair street for their month long exhibit, “Love”. The exhibition is curated by local Toronto artist, Tanzina Amin and will run for the month of September.

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