We had the good fortune of connecting with Diego Cappella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diego, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I come from an immigrant family so hard work was a matter of survival. But that priority didn’t allow much time for family. My parents were good examples to me, and I threw myself into work, believing that was the only path to achievement. But as I got older and eventually became a parent myself, I began to redefine what success meant to me and, more and more, that included my family relationships. Though finding a balance between work and family is sometimes challenging, it’s an essential part of what success and achievement now mean to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In terms of style, my art isn’t easy to pin down. My creativity flows from different sources. Any piece is unique with its own origins and sensibilities. However, one consistent influence is the transient nature of time. My art strives to capture a singular moment, whether that is as literal as an animal in motion or as fleeting as my mood when being creative. I admit that – while I feel satisfied when a piece succeeds in that way – I am most fulfilled when it is exhibited, whether that’s as art in a collector’s home or as a piece meant to convey something more specific, as when Mercedes-Benz chose to use my photographs to reflect their brand at the Argentinian Polo Open. I’ve found that creativity has its own flow, that the intensity that leads to a piece of art comes and goes – and you can’t always predict that flow. I’ve been able to work around that by building an industrial and commercial photography business (check it out at www.cappellaphotography.com). By having another outlet for my work, I’m able to keep the momentum going even when my more passionate creative expression may be lagging. Overall, I’d say the most important element of everything I do is attitude. As an artist, you face a lot of challenges and roadblocks as you build a body of work. But if you are truly determined to succeed, you have to keep smiling and believe your goals will be achieved. Attitude and belief may seem like secondary things but they in fact make a significant difference.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We often have friends stay with us and I have a few things I rely on to entertain them. When they arrive, we’ll catch up over some Cabernet and an afternoon Asado (Argentinian BBQ). In the evening, I like to take people to Clematis for some cheese and wine at Blind Monk (https://theblindmonk.com/). The next day we’ll most likely go to the Palm Beach Polo School in Wellington (https://pb-polo.com) for a few lessons and some stick and ball. Later, we’ll head to the beach to relax. Then it’s Voltaire (https://sub-culture.org/voltaire/) for dinner and some live music. Of course, there’s no such thing as too much polo so we’ll head to the International Polo Club to watch the professional players’ incredible skill. My guests might then be heading home – but not without an Asado Despedida (a traditional farewell feast).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without hesitation, I would say my family deserves the most credit. In particular, my wife, Dolores Obregon, had so much faith in my potential that I began to have more belief in my own abilities. That sort of support allowed me to move forward with confidence, investing in my ideas and taking the next steps to implement them as actual projects.