We had the good fortune of connecting with Jean-Pierre Cuestas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jean-Pierre, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued art and creativity because it’s been with me all my life. As far back as I could remember, I had a crayon, a pencil or a paint brush in my hand, endlessly doodling and drawing on any paper. Going into artistic school’s growing up: Bak MSOA and Dreyfoos School of the Arts, just furthered my love for creation. I saw different mediums of expression such as dance, writing, filming, music etc. It was truly an aspect of life that I am obsessed with and I cannot see myself in any other line of work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art ranges in mediums, I love to tackle multiple forms of art and learn new ways of implementing diversity in each piece. I’m excited for adding more pieces to my portfolio in different forms of art.
Making it to where I am now wasn’t easy, getting art to reach the people and making art that appeals to my followers and gains the recognition is a feat in it of itself, the key was to not get discouraged and to remain consistent with my work. I learned to just create what I want and to really put effort in the work I made, and then the views, likes, follows would eventually show up.
I want the world to know that a person of color with a background of work and determination can overcome any hurdle with the right amount of effort, there’s no limit to what I can create and what I can use to make my creations, that applies to me and applies to anyone with the will and courage to follow their dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For a week long trip, I’d hang out around Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach, it has nice walkways, restaurants, bars and some fun events if on the right nights.
Dixie highway is also a fun spot, with spots ranging from hole-in-the-wall style food joints, Mom and Pop stores, sometimes creative studios rented for art shows and performances. It’s a very quick and versatile street where anything could be happening artistically.
The restaurants and spots to lounge at are too many to name, so it’s probably best to go out on a whim and let the night proceed on its own.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family of course deserve a shout out, my mother, father and sister for believing in my path and supporting me throughout the years, keeping me from discouragement and lifting me up every step of the way.
My elementary school art teacher, Ms. Barrera, I owe so much to, she saw my talent as a child and channeled my creativity and energy into skills I have now, introducing me to the schools I went to for my work and launching me into the creative I am today, without her I don’t know what would’ve become of me or where I would be now.
Last but not least, my friends and peers that I grew up around, too many to count. Those that supported my work and pushed me past my limits, challenging and working with me on my creative endeavors. Keeping my work dynamic and always moving forward.