NICO PEREZ

OR1207130030CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

NP: If I were to categorize my work then I would be going backwards rather than forwards.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

NP: The color and light that I see before my eyes.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

NP: It generally just begins through a reflection, a crack of light, something small that could be made big.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

NP: A genuine soul to the work.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

NP: I can only talk about my life today, tomorrow I could be doing and thinking very differently. Today I see the raindrops falling on my room window, I may go outside and take some pictures or I may stay inside and keep on watching.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

NP: I think if money doesn’t play a role then impulse is my choice, if financially you’re taking a risk, then it might be wise to have a vague direction, nothing definite, just a rough idea.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

NP: To listen more.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

NP: A personal style really only comes out of an environment or space that you’re in, we’re not born with style, its something that is developed through accidents.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

NP: The hardest thing for me at the moment is making a choice of how to live a comfortable life, by balancing your ‘art’ and working for paid photography jobs.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

NP: I’m just grateful to have a desire to learn more and have a tool to express something I sometimes can’t another way.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

NP: I have always been inspired by the cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and of course sound, whether its a Pavarotti piece or some blues music, music is such an immediate form of expression.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

NP: Technology is what you make of it.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

NP: I really couldn’t answer that question, I’m not too sure sometimes how I myself see the world, let alone others!

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

NP: Yes, travelling is a wonderful experience. I live in Tokyo, so I do appreciate this city a lot. I was in Hong Kong not too long ago, a great energy there, totally different to here.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

NP: A book I really appreciate is Chroma by Derek Jarman.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

NP: Just keep on shooting and work with passionate people.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

NP: It means being me, complicated or simple.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

NP: Follow the light.

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