“I started painting bananas to exoticize myself; it started as a joke and developed into a commentary on belonging.’ Gonzalo Fuenmayor is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in painting and photography, but is best known for his charcoal drawings which, in their precision, resemble black-and-white photographs. He is also a 2014 CHF Grant Finalist. His comments on the role of the artist in an emigre environment (and in general) are fascinating.
- Artist as foreigner/diaspora: exoticizing oneself & belonging to a place
- Artist as historicist: the banana trade between West & Central/South America
- Artist as commentator: the role of the artist in politics and art as vicarious subversion
- Artist as tease: playfulness and deconstructing the phallic image
- Marketing yourself in an environment of creative misunderstanding
- A public internal conversation vs. dialogue with your audience
- The fear of prostituting oneself by entering the marketplace
- Discipline and Ambition – the habits of consistency
For more info on Gonzalo and his work, visit gonzalofuenmayor.com
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