Do you feel that art is your heart’s calling and sets your soul ablaze, but you’re unsure what it takes to pursue your passion and turn it into a career or a way of life? If yes, then you’re in for a treat! Meet Alberto Diego, a talented artist who has been drawing and painting since he was just three years old and whose journey proves that following your heart can lead you to incredible places.
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Alberto’s Artistic Journey and Influences in His Art
For Alberto, art isn’t just a hobby but an essential part of his identity, as he knew, from an early age, that painting and drawing were his heart’s calling. “In my earliest memories, I remember the drawings I made and what I thought. I was about three years old. Drawing and painting have accompanied me all my life,” he reminisces.
His love for his home island of Mallorca is reflected in his art, which is heavily influenced by the light and landscapes of the region. But inspiration, he explains, can come from anywhere. Alberto believes that we are the product of our environment and that the people and places that surround us shape our perspective and influence our art.
”We are the environment that surrounds us: the speed of life, relationships with the people who live around you, the forests, seas, mountains, towns… Inspiration always comes from the outside (not from the inside). I only have to keep calm, observe things around me and wait for the inspiration to come”, he shares.
The creative process
Alberto is a versatile artist, using varied mediums such as watercolor, charcoal, pencil, and ballpoint pen. He believes that each medium is unique and capable of evoking different emotional states both in the painter, as well as in the viewer.
”I love all the mediums I use, each one has its own particularities that make it unique. Moreover, I feel different things depending on what material I use. For example, we do not behave the same at a party as in a high school exam, we could apply that in the work of painting”, he says.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Alberto’s work is his ability to switch with ease between a realistic approach and a more surrealistic style. He clarifies that when deciding on the aesthetic for a particular work of art, his state of mind plays a big factor.
“We are constantly changing, much more than we think. Depending on my state of mind and the situation at the moment, I choose one medium or another. I don’t need to find a balance between realism and my own imagination since we need a lot of imagination to create reality,” he shares.
Alberto’s creative process involves calling the “muses” to work and letting inspiration come to him naturally. And once he has an idea, before “putting pigment on paper”, he takes his time to think of ways he is going to bring his vision to life.
“I call the ‘muses’ working, it is the best way to start a creative process. It is also very important to know the materials you work with well, so it takes a lot of practice to master and understand them. Once I have decided what I am going to paint, I spend a lot of time thinking about how I am going to do it. Then, when I have everything clear, I start painting. We could say that putting the pigment on the paper is the last part of the process,” he explains.
By portraying in his artworks the numerous facets of reality, Alberto seeks to inspire others to look beyond their everyday or the accepted and uncover fresh and unexpected sides of the world they live in.
“There are many realities, many dimensions apart from the only one shown on television and the mass media. I’m just trying to capture and explore some of them. It is very dangerous for any society to think of a single closed and static reality”, Alberto thinks.
Challenges along Alberto’s artistic path
Becoming an artist isn’t always so easy, and Alberto has faced his share of challenges along his creative path. At some point in his life, he even experienced a crisis, feeling overwhelmed by how fast-paced today’s world is. However, Alberto didn’t allow these setbacks to intimidate him, as painting is part of who he is.
”I have had a crisis in my artistic career. It is very difficult in our Western culture not to get overwhelmed by the world of haste and speed. For me, painting is part of my life, I have always tried not to put pressure on myself and enjoy it”, he says.
Alberto shares with us a great example of how following your heart’s calling can profoundly change the direction of your life. Prior to deciding to pursue a career as an artist, he studied biology.
”I studied biology, and I have dedicated many years to biology, but 8 years ago I decided to dedicate myself professionally to painting. Once some collectors asked me if painting was a hobby since I had a degree in biology. I told them that my hobby was biology, that painting is one of the most important things I do,” he shares.
Alberto’s Advice for Young Aspiring Artists
Alberto’s advice for young artists struggling to find their own unique voice is to share their art with others, because “an isolated artist won’t be as good as an artist working with partners”. He also stresses the value of being persistent when following one’s artistic passions and vision.
”Is very important to share your art with other artists and people surrounding you. If you want to find your style you will need many people. I think it is also necessary to learn and study many artists, philosophers, poets, and anthropologists. Even they – the best – had teachers. They teach us to look beyond our routine and to discover places that were unthinkable before. Probably the common trait of all their teachers is perseverance”, he explains.
Alberto’s artistic journey teaches us that inspiration is to be found all around us if we keep ourselves calm and open to perceive and embrace it.
So, if you’re interested in pursuing art, take a cue from Alberto Diego, grab some paint or pencils, and let the ‘muses’ inspire you. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll create artwork that inspires others just like Alberto does. And don’t forget: The key to success is to enjoy the creative process and not put too much pressure on yourself!
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