Posts Tagged ‘Charcoal on Paper’

Interview with Rupesh Patric – Artist from India

Rupesh Patric is a self taught artist and a technology consultant for Microsoft from Bangalore, India. He works mainly with charcoal and one of his many accomplishments include presenting Bill Gates with a charcoal portrait that he had made of him.

You can connect with Rupesh on facebook or you can also visit his blog to find out more about him and to purchase his art.

View Rupesh Patric’s art portfolio. You can also view his artwork after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

Rupesh Patric: Where do I begin? Let’s see. I was born in this beautiful city called Cochin in South India. I knew from a very early age that art was going to be a strong influence in my life. I wanted to study Fine Arts but had to give in to my parent’s wish and joined an engineering college. I did keep the art alive even during those 4 years of engineering, contributing immensely to the college magazines and also the Arts Committee. Was campus recruited in the final year and that landed me on my first job as a Software Engineer. 8 years later, here I am, a Technology Consultant in Microsoft. Lately my art has started to define who I am – I never thought I would be able to dedicate so much time for art, being in the Software Industry. Generally happy, looking for the good things in life, I try to enjoy every moment of it.

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Interview with Alicia Besada – Artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alicia Besada-Artist from ArgentinaAlicia Besada is a 44 year old artist living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She attended art schools at New York, Singapore and Buenos Aires. She has been a painter and sculptor for 25 years. Her main interest is the human figure with the focus on expression.

You can connect with Alicia on Facebook or you can visit her blog to find out more about her and to purchase her artwork.

View Alicia Besada’s portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: We have Alicia Besada with us today. Alicia, please tell us a little about yourself and your art.

Alicia Besada: I think I realized I wanted to paint when I was 14 and I won an art contest in my school district. Even though I graduated as a Systems Analyst and worked with computers for about 20 years, after high school I started going to learn drawing and painting. When I moved to New York I entered the Art Students League. Afterwards I lived in Singapore where I attended the Fine Arts School in the University there. Back in Buenos Aires I completed my art theory education at the university and kept going to different art studios, to learn sketching, drawing and painting human figure live with models. Human figure is my main interest. I focus on expression, on emotion, on telling a story about whoever I’m painting and there is always some identification and connection with the subject I choose to portray or paint. I usually paint nude bodies or portraits because I am attracted to skin, that border between a person and everything around. Part of what is inside transpires through the skin, a battleground between what you want to keep for yourself and what comes to the surface anyway. Restraint and pleasure. The body and its language. What could be more interesting!

alicia-besada-couple-in-love-oil-on-canvas-100cmx120cm-2009I am currently working on a project called “A couple in love: getting together and growing apart”. This is how it started. I called two models who are actually a couple, and asked my husband, who is a photographer, to help me take pictures of them. I already had a clear idea of the poses and situations I was interested in, and that was the starting point. Then I asked them to start moving and acting these scenes meanwhile my husband kept taking pictures. The photo session was three hours long, we got more than 600 photos. Then came sketching, painting and finally selecting what to show. It took me over a year to finish this work. Love, not an easy subject. I tried to convey some feelings, emotions and sensations that associated with love such as desire, tenderness, posession, joy, passion but also jelousy, pain, fear, anguish…

I am in the process of finding an art gallery to exhibit this work, I have not posted these latest paintings on Facebook or my blog for the moment.

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