We had the good fortune of connecting with Cesar Santos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cesar, how have you been keeping yourself busy during quarantine?
After the Covid19 crisis, social gatherings seem less likely to take place, specially for recreational events. The gallery system and the artist found themselves in need of re-imagining their business model. Even though my favorite thing to do was to create a body of work to be exhibited to the public at one of my galleries, it became a wishlist for the future. A new “favorite thing” in this situation emerged. I created a website with great content for aspiring artists wanting to understand and perfect their skills in traditional drawing and oil painting. It has kept me very busy and it has already shown great results, as people are enjoying the videos and information I am sharing with them. As artists, our nature is to communicate one way or the other, and no “pandemic” will stop us.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To be a visual artist is to respond to the environment with a personally developed visual language that expresses our feelings about the subject. Its a lifelong journey. If we are to be successful with our art, is because we spend our days thinking about it and working towards its expression. The big lesson for me was realizing the importance of developing the Art over the business side. The Art that touches people will be in business, while the business that lacks the Art, will suffer. If there is something clear for me now, is that all my existence will be dedicated to the pursuit of my artistic expression.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve created an environment in my house and studio that keeps me entertained and inspired. Even before the current crisis, I hardly went out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Lately, I’ve been inspired by Tolstoy’s book, What Is Art?
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