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Colombian tattoo artist Andres Flu reinvents himself

Colombian tattoo artist and shop owner of Fluink Studio. Andres Flu ambitiously opened up his own business in order to set his own standards and create a space that was…

Colombian tattoo artist and shop owner of Fluink Studio. Andres Flu ambitiously opened up his own business in order to set his own standards and create a space that was important to him and his team.

We were intrigued by his drive to not only be a tattoo artist but also to open up his own shop in Medellin after being fairly new to the industry. He gave us a great interview of the challenges that came with that decision but also how it helped create the environment that is the healthiest and most motivating for him. Enjoy Episode 17!

 


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Stained glass art; a disappearing form with Sylvia Laks

Internationally recognized for her restoration work in Stained Glass art, Costa Rican artist Sylvia Laks describes the intricate work that she does along with balancing other interests of hers such…

Internationally recognized for her restoration work in Stained Glass art, Costa Rican artist Sylvia Laks describes the intricate work that she does along with balancing other interests of hers such as oil painting. 

Located in a small town (Heredia) about 30min outside of San Jose in Costa Rica is Sylvia Laks gallery and workshop. Known for her great technique in stained glass painting we fell in love with her personal work as well as her oil paintings. It was such an experience seeing how much technical work and preparation is required for this type of work and we very much enjoyed learning a bit about the process of such a complex art craft. Sylvia, full of humor and wit, opened up to us about the difficulties of being a stained glass artist, and how oil painting allows her to express her creativity. 

 


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Costa Rican tattoo artist explains the growing popularity of his profession

Costa Rican tattoo artist Moises Kampos describes the responsibilities of his profession along with the changing culture in his country. While traveling to Costa Rica we were researching for artists…

Costa Rican tattoo artist Moises Kampos describes the responsibilities of his profession along with the changing culture in his country.

While traveling to Costa Rica we were researching for artists to interview. Though there seemed to be an influx of tattoo artists, Moises Kampos work stood out amongst a sea of artists. I think what really drew us in was the mixture of his tattoo work and personal paintings showcased on his social media account, showing us a greater range to his creativity and technique. While we also required a translator for his interview his kindness and good nature was shown beyond words and we immediately gravitated towards him. Moises has been in the industry for awhile and has seen the transition and growth of the tattoo community within Costa Rica change over time, learn more about him and get insight to the life of a Costa Rican artist! 

 


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Painter Paulina Jaimes: exploring mediums and being a portrait artist

Paulina Jaimes is a fantastic painter working with various mediums. While painting comes easily to her, she still finds new ways to enhance her skills as an artist and to…

Paulina Jaimes is a fantastic painter working with various mediums. While painting comes easily to her, she still finds new ways to enhance her skills as an artist and to always evolve and learn. Paulina lives in the heart of Mexico City and is more widely known for her oil and watercolor paintings. 

In the center of Mexico City is Paulina Jaimes Pintora’s art studio/home surrounded by a collection of her artwork. Texture and light are what she loves to highlight in her work, being the daughter of two painters she grew up learning how to work the materials naturally. She opened up to us about how she experiments with various techniques (some of which are considered very ancient), so naturally we wanted to know more. We figured for the artists community it was important to encourage others to always continually explore and be a student in something new. Paulina opened up about how exploration helped her specifically better achieve her vision and the various benefits of having multiple mediums to work with.


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Photographer Floria Gonzalez: the inside look behind her photo shoots

Floria Gonzalez is a photographer and videographer based in Mexico City. Her photographs require a lot of time, preparation, and experience. Here we were able to go behind the scenes…

Floria Gonzalez is a photographer and videographer based in Mexico City. Her photographs require a lot of time, preparation, and experience. Here we were able to go behind the scenes with her and witness the amount of work that goes into putting together a photo shoot. 

When looking at Floria Gonzalez’s work we not only fell in love with the creativity within her work but also the mystery of everything behind it, we were told she didn’t use photoshop very much which made us question how she managed to accomplish certain aspects, we couldn’t wait to interview her! 

During our time with Floria we not only had the amazing opportunity to watch and film one of her photoshoots, giving us huge insight to how one image becomes a full production. Watch her episode to learn more! 


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Art duo Escoto + Carrara collaborating together as both artists and couple

Escoto + Carrara collaborate and bring together stunning photographs and oil paintings. They consider themselves as one artist but each bring their own individual talents to produce a look that…

Escoto + Carrara collaborate and bring together stunning photographs and oil paintings. They consider themselves as one artist but each bring their own individual talents to produce a look that is uniquely both of them. Check out their interview below and see how they manage to balance their personal relationship with one another while also making art together. 

Federico Escoto and Roberto Carrara live a little outside of the main city, we arrived at their house decorated with colorful walls and a kitchen surrounded by large windows overlooking a luscious green backyard. They rent their home from an architect so art surrounds them providing a quiet and inspirational place to work, Roberto is the photographer while Federico paints in oil. They found many years ago that they not only collaborated well as artists, but also as partners in life. We had not thought about interviewing a couple that worked together on the same piece as well as have a romantic relationship, the subject alone in itself was interesting enough and we enjoyed learning how they manage to balance work and life with one another.


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Interview with oil painter Abraham Jimenez describes his connection to his art and the importance of being a teacher

Oil painter Abraham Jimenez is a perfectionist who is deeply connected to each of his art pieces. In his interview he describes the importance of being an art teacher and…

Oil painter Abraham Jimenez is a perfectionist who is deeply connected to each of his art pieces. In his interview he describes the importance of being an art teacher and passing on knowledge while also giving us insight to how most artists can feel when producing and letting go of their work. 

Neither of us had heard of Abraham Jimenez, but after meeting Horacio (Episode 4),  we became good friends and he pointed us in the direction of several incredible artists in Mexico, one of them, being Abraham. In Xochomilico, just south of the city, we were greeted warmly by his family and friends. We enjoyed getting to know one another and taking the time to look at his incredible work. His most recent work had us floored in the amount of detail and work that went into each piece. His canvases are huge and look like photographs but are instead all oil paintings. Though there was a language barrier, Abraham has a warm and humorous personality and so easy to connect with. What was most special was feeling so close to someone without having to exchange many words. 

 

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