Gringo Benedicto [gringograss]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I draw, paint, and take photographs. Photographs of anything that captures me. Draw and paint anything that makes me laugh. I paint with watercolour and now more frequently with acrylic.
What is your message?
Use your talents to inspire others.
Your biography in four lines.
An artist with a culinary degree. I guess: witty, simple, relaxed, optimistic.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
You can see my works in flickr and instagram. @gringograss.
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Inspiration is a general feeling. A mood. My thought process begins with drawing eyes. And then it goes haywire from there. When I smile or smirk or laugh, I know I'm doing it right.
What is art?
Art: You know it when you feel it.
When do you get your best ideas?
When I have my materials ready. I lose interest when, for example: I can't find my eraser. Or if i have a crappy pen. I once got inspiration from coffee froth. I had my pen ready, so now, I have this bald toothless middle-age guy ready for the canvas.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
Over-thinking ruins the idea. Rushing with process ruins it too. When a piece needs explaination from the artist, the idea has not been translated properly.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
Star Wars. Molecular Gastronomy. Apple.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I started getting positive feedbacks. And more when I started to sell.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Because they don't get laid as much as they would have liked. And maybe because they don't shower. Haha! No. I don't know really.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
I think so.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
No. It just happens. Events in our lives change the way we think and the way we act. I have seen my art evolve through the years of: traveling, meeting people, media, other artists, maturity, etc. Also, we get more skillful as we try to challenge ourselves. Remeber, we all started with stick figures and crayons.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
Ugly but expensive "art" inspires me.
Is art necessary?
"The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely." -Oscar Wilde
"Art is a very important useless thing." -Tom Robbins
And I agree. More importantly, it's not the ability to create art but the ability to appreciate it.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
No. It actually inspires me to do greater things.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
It should be the art that's bought. Not the artist. There are many an artist who in my opinion, have regressed in meaning and skill just because they have their names to back them up. Also, some art collectors don't see the art anymore but more on the prestige they get from displaying big names in their living room. Buying art is the interaction with it. "Buying" the artist is novelty.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
What advice would you give to those just beginning?