We had the good fortune of connecting with “GusColors” Gustavo Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi “GusColors”, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t feel I chose an artistic career, art has simply always been a part of my life. Ever since I was young I loved to create and be creative. It all started with drawings, and with time developed into paintings and then sculptures. Since then I’ve been painting and haven’t stopped evolving my style. Art is beautiful – it’s an integral part of our existence and it’s the earliest way that we as humans began to record our own history. Art is a connection to our past, present and future.
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.
First off, I left a third world country with no opportunities in art to pursue my career in the United States. As a young innocent kid without the support of my parents I had no idea the challenges I would face. I realized you just have to work hard, keep going and not worry about what other people are doing. All you have to worry about is what you have in front of you.
Risk is in any career you choose. You just have to keep going until you get to where you want to be and then keep on evolving. I will say that art is a complicated path, because art is volatile and worldwide it is considered a business that is generally poorly paid as labor, not as talent.
Nothing is easy in life, especially when you work for yourself. I think what sets everyone apart is that each has their own mind which creates their own ideas; we all paint what we think and feel which is a very personal thing. In reality I don’t know what I’m painting until I sit in front of the canvas. When I see the canvas I sense an emotion inside of me and from there I can see a picture of what I want to paint. I paint from the heart. If I don’t feel it then it just won’t come out through the paint brush.
It’s really hard to send a message through paintings because everyone is going to perceive them differently and probably think you were trying to say something else. That’s why art is very controversial. Sometimes people want to see something that is not there. What I really want for my paintings and sculptures is for people to connect with them and feel an emotion, maybe an idea or thought that will make a positive change in that moment or in their lives.
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?
What’s great about Miami is the multicultural diversity especially when it comes to dining. I love eating out and tasting new cuisines and of course something with an ocean view is a plus. There are a lot of things to do here. I don’t usually plan an intinerary rather I start off somewhere and I go with the flow of the moment, and see how everyone is feeling after their meal. People change emotionally and “motionally” after being full! It’s always good to visit the landmarks we have available like Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Art Deco District in South Beach and of course Coconut Grove. If they would like to go to the beach we have many options and could even drive out Sunny Isles and make a stop at Bal Harbour Shops along the way.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t say I have anyone specifically . I want to thank all artists that have contributed to recording a bit of history whether it is through books or actual canvasas. I started liking very simple art such as Keith Haring and eventually Andy Warhol and then it evolved into something more complex like Salvador Dalí.
As Keith Haring used to say, “Nothing is important, so everything is important.” Everything is a source of inspiration. Different things are important to different people. Everything requires your attention, because you don’t know what is actually going to make a difference in your life. That’s why you handle every situation with intelligence.