We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Georgio Sabino III a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Georgio , appreciate you joining us today. When did you first know you wanted to pursue a creative/artistic path professionally?
I remember when I was in 7th grade art class, I painted a M.C. Esther dragon. That moment was a turning point in my life as I decided on my life goal. I took on the responsibility and pursued my dream. Over the years, I have taken many classes in high school, undergraduate and graduate levels to prove that I can make my dream a reality.
My success in artistic practice is subjective and can vary depending on conquering my aspirations. Some may define success as achieving recognition or fame, while I measure it by the impact of their work on society or by their personal fulfillment and satisfaction. Ultimately, my success in art is defined by the own standards and goals, and it has evolved throughout my career.
As I was growing up, I heard many people express doubts about the potential for financial success in the art field, but I refused to let that discourage me. For me, art knows no boundaries, and I was particularly inspired by the works of Giorgio Armani, who was a prominent fashion designer during my formative years.
I began to identify my goals and aspirations early on and think carefully about my future. While my family was always supportive of me, they also instilled in me the belief that I could be anything I wanted to be “as long as I put my mind to it”. This gave me the confidence to pursue my passion for art and never give up on my dreams.
As I entered high school and continued to hone my craft, I learned about the famous artist Francisco Goya and how he was able to paint for wealthy clients while still capturing the stories of society, such as his paintings about war. This gave me further inspiration to pursue my passion for art while also finding ways to make a living from it.
Over the years, I have worked hard to develop my skills and build my reputation as an artist. I have faced challenges and setbacks along the way, but I have remained committed to my craft and my vision. And as I look back on my journey so far, I am proud of what I have accomplished and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
My work is focused on bringing nature indoors, exploring the interplay between traditional and digital art and how we can interact with nature inside our homes, offices, and art galleries. From a social perspective, I am intrigued by the intricate ways in which nature intertwines in our lives, and my series “Artistic Jungle” offers an interactive experience. Through the use of vibrant colors, dynamic shapes, and imagination, my works of art explore the theme of life and death, with a particular emphasis on the vibrancy of life.
My artistic process involves starting with painting a canvas, selecting the palette, and then digitizing it into a splash of color or simply adding it as an original painted image onto one main canvas. I then add my photographs of hummingbirds, dragonflies, and butterflies to the main canvas, while searching for the right composition. Sometimes, I choose not to add the birds and insects, as I see the beauty without them, but I also know that with AR, I can add them later into the canvas virtually.
I pay close attention to symmetry and balance, searching for dramatic lines and tracing vibrant colors to create strong contrasts that enrich my artwork. The addition of Augmented Reality in these works of art stimulates the imagination and challenges the intellect, propelling the viewer towards celestial heights where they can explore, discover, and uncover their polyrhythmic nature’s identities through my work, immersing the viewer in a rich biodiversity.
In the “Artistic Jungle” series, I explore the identity of one of the most incredible environments on earth, showcasing the magnificent ecosystem. Through my art, I aim to inspire a greater appreciation for the natural world and encourage viewers to reflect on our relationship with nature.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
As an artist in today’s world, I find creating life through art to be the most rewarding aspect of my work. From expressing my imagination, co-creating with fellow artists, to sharing my body of work online and in galleries, every step of this journey has been incredibly fulfilling.
As a painter, I have had the privilege of having one-man art shows and selling my works of art. Seeing my creations in galleries, homes, or corporate offices has been a truly fulfilling experience. Additionally, teaching art to K-12 or college students has been a source of joy for me, as I am able to inspire creativity and provide valuable information to the next generation of artists. As an educator, I have been fortunate enough to see my students’ work grace the auction house of Christie’s in New York City or watch my college students win competitions in the city.
Moreover, these experiences keep driving me into spaces that feel completely surreal. I have also found reward in the technological aspect of art. Being patent-pending for a tech innovation and making it into the MIT Solve Tech accelerator program that I created has been a unique accomplishment. It has allowed me to push the boundaries of traditional art and create immersive experiences for viewers (coming soon). I find it extremely satisfying to think about the inner workings of an idea and bring it to life.
As a photographer, I have had the opportunity to photograph major events and people, including The White House twice. It’s wild to be seen or known as a professional photographer as an artist who never thought of themselves as a photographer. But I have covered Annie Leibowitz, Synthia St James, LeBron James, and many more.
Furthermore, as a fashion designer, seeing gorgeous models wearing my clothing on runways and being photographed in the streets of Paris has been so thrilling and mind-blowing. Listening to myself say that these are my fabric designs and garments, and I am photographing my own work in Paris, is a dream come true. Accomplishments are so rewarding when you set out to do something and finish it. It’s been a long journey, but being an artist in today’s world has allowed me to pursue my passions and achieve my goals, and I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have come my way.
How did you build your audience on social media?
I’ve been a working artist for over four decades because I knew when I as little what I wanted to do. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my career, it’s that success in the art world requires more than just talent. It also demands passion, determination, and a strong body of work. Each work of art, article or accolades you can add to your social media.In today’s society, there are countless opportunities for artists to showcase their work, from galleries to social media. However, with so much competition, it’s crucial to stay hungry and driven. Don’t settle for mediocrity or allow yourself to become complacent. Always strive to improve your skills, experiment with new mediums and techniques, and challenge yourself to create something unique and meaningful. As you might have read without it expressed, I love working. I love creating art. I love breathing it every day. I only imagine if I live as long as my grandfather Sabino (108) what will my art look like then.To make a life in the art world, you need to be passionate about your craft. This means immersing yourself in your art, studying the work of other artists, and never losing your curiosity or sense of wonder. Passion is what drives you to create, to push boundaries, and to take risks that others might shy away from. In my case, while in NYC, my fashion show was photographed by Andres Aquino, a well-known fashion photographer (Icon), who inspired me to pick up a camera. I never thought I would be a professional photographer, but after returning home from NYC, I knew that I needed to learn how to use a camera because I was spending too much money on photographers.But passion alone is not enough. You also need to be prepared with a body of work that showcases your talent and creativity. This means building a portfolio that demonstrates your skills across different mediums and styles. It means being versatile, open to feedback, and willing to collaborate with others to create something truly special. So my advice to all artists out there is this: be hungry, be passionate, and be ready with your work. And never forget that success is defined by you.Contact Info:
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Image Credits Adam Fasnacht