We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariangel Dupré and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariangel, how do you define success?
I believe success is a subjective concept. For many people, success could be described as amassing a fortune, having a high ranking job, or even finding love. To me, success represents so much more. I would define success as the ability to sleep at night. Why? You might ask, as sleeping is only a body function. Well, for me, having that ability means that you are at peace with yourself. Because when you go home from work, separate from all the daily fuss, and lie your head on the pillow, that’s when the hard work starts. Money, love or the perfect job will not be a reflection of success if your biggest fear is waiting for you at home. Facing up to our mind and being alone with our thoughts, fears, and responsibilities can be one of the hardest things one could do. So, I know I have achieved success when I can sleep at night, when I do good deeds while no one is watching, when I keep my integrity and head up high while someone tries to wrong me, and when I am at peace knowing that I have done everything in power to help others around me.
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.
I am a fine art photographer. My art is focused on the use of color and cultural subjects such as identity and consumerism. I have been recognized for my use of grids and color to tell a story, using artist influences from different art periods and mediums, I have been able to create a unique body of work that carries a special signature easy to recognize by the audience. I am very excited to see what unfolds for the future of art. With so many cultural changes happening this year, new concepts have been developing in the art world and in the way we make art as a society. I have many backgrounds, but the one that inspired me the most to keep going is being an immigrant. Moving to Miami and then to London has allowed me to appreciate the culture from an outsider point of view. By suppot¡rting and collaborating with local artists, I was able to get where I am today. It has never been easy for any immigrant to overcome the barriers of language, culture, and customs. But being open-minded and accepting that I can’t change them, but I can adapt to new traditions while keeping my own, was the best way for me to overcome those challenges. Being considerate of others will take you far. Helping others even when you are drowning in your own problems will show you a new face of happiness you never knew before.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were to come to Miami, I would definitely take them to all of my favorite museums and private collections such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Rubell Museum, the Pérez Art Museum, The Margulies Collection and the Bakehouse Art Complex. These are great spots to appreciate the ever-changing contemporary art, with the latter being the best opportunity to know support local artists. And of course, I would give them a little tour of my favorite eating spots in Miami which are located in the popular area known as Wynwood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shoutout to my beloved group of friends and artists from Miami. They have been in one way or another part of my journey since the beginning and are always giving me support, encouragement and love.