We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazzamoart Vazquez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazzamoart, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
At first, in my childhood, I was inspired to piant by what I saw in Guanajuato, the people, the streets, the landscapes … later in Mexico City and in San Carlos Arts Academy, everything changed, the search for a deepper language of my own led me to discover jazz as my great inspiration for my art. But not only jazz, canteens, gastronomy, family, bullfighting, cigars, the pleasures of man, the great artists of the past, art are also a font of creation. That’s why my pseudonym is Jazzamoart, which in spanish means jazz, love and art.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Taking risks is fundamental, since childhood I involuntarily took that risk, my father was also a painter, the artist’s life is a permanent high-risk career and within it there are determining moments, in my case the greatest risk was the moment when I decided to stop teaching and do other commercial painting jobs, to dedicate myself exclusively to my grotesque characters, fortunately I took the risk when I was young and it was worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On a whirlwind trip through Mexico City, it is essential to visit cantinas such as La Opera in the historic center, some of the thousands of taquerías, my favorite is El Huequito, one of the hundreds of museums in Mexico, such as the Museum of Anthropology, I would take him to the Plaza de Toros México, to Garibaldi to sing with the Mariachis and from there to Jazzatlán to listen to Mexican jazz, see Diego Rivera’s murals, go to Ciudad Universitaria and ride the trajineras of Xochimilco.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?