A Talk With Macsorro

Joan Johnson: What do you say when someone asks you what your painting means?

Macsorro: I say that they don’t have an exact meaning. It’s usually a broad concept that can be interpreted in many different ways, like love or hate. I can envision the concept of love in a totally different visual representation than the next person. Although I have an idea of what I intended to do; sometimes the combination of concepts morph into other possible explanations.

JJ: Who or what influenced you the most to become an artist?

M: As a child I learned from watching my father draw cartoons for me, but it was never a serious hobby. You could say I had no inspiration and had nothing to say. When I became a father suddenly I saw the world differently. I could see the world’s true colors and they where grim, full of injustice, prejudice and hate. So I dove right in and began expressing myself through my art. It was therapeutic to say the least.

JJ: Name some of your favorite art.

M: My favorite type and the one I can relate to most is Baroque. Some of the artists I love are Pieter Breughel, Anthony Van Dyck, Agnolo Bronzino, Agostino Carracci, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Dali, Mark Ryden and Chet Zar.

JJ: When did you first know you where destined to live your life painting?

M: In 2007 I showed my art for the first time in a friend’s frame shop. Two of my pieces sold during that show and I felt so proud and accomplished that I knew I had to continue.

JJ: What do you think is the best place to study art today?

M: Personally I don’t have any formal training in the arts, I taught my self. I think the perfect place would be somewhere where you feel inspired. For me it would have to be a place where there’s tons of art to see, maybe Santa Fe, New Mexico or Italy.

JJ: Is there anything you would like to say that is not in these questions?

M:Don’t panic!

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