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I had an epic conversation with American artist Vincent Desiderio. Vincent has been painting for 40+ years – and it shows. He paints big pictures of recognisable things like people and places and things. His work is complex, nuanced and packs an emotional punch. His paintings have been widely exhibited around the world and are part of many museum collections, like the Guggenheim and the metropolitan museum of art, to name just two.
He has won numerous awards including being the first American artist to receive the International Contemporary Art Prize from the Prince Ranier Foundation of Monaco.
Here are the main points of what we talk about:
- 2017 workshop in Italy,
- Italian heritage,
- Chinese residency,
- Yue Minjun,
- Visual reference,
- Studies with paint,
- Technique and skill,
- Mark making,
- Honest work,
- Staying sane,
- Sustaining enthusiasm,
- Kanye West,
- Formative influences,
- Self enlightenment,
- Film making,
- Most moving paintings to make,
- Artistic challenges,
To find out more about Vincent and his work
Vincent’s Instagram feed
Vincent’s facebook page
Most moving paintings to make . . .
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This was such an excellent interview to listen to. Vincent’s many experiences are such good lessons for artists.
Total inspiration and role model,I hope one day to be able to afford one of he’s workshops in Orvieto
What a brilliant interview. I didn’t want it to end.
Thanks Andy, I’m glad you enjoyed it.