Artist Interview: Marco Cuba-Ricsi

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Marco Cuba-Ricsi, I’m a multimedia artist, photographer, freelance graphic designer, writer & (Blessed to be) president & founder of the newly formed The Latino Art League. I’ve been an artist all my life, I was always inspire by Salvador Dali, since age 7 when I saw one of his paintings for the first time.

"The Empty Nest" by Marco Cuba-Ricsi

“The Empty Nest” by Marco Cuba-Ricsi

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work in all types of mediums, for me as an artist, life is a continue exploration of the different products we have out there, my job is to develop a technique and find their own intrinsic beauty.

What is your creative process like?
The art of creating for me, is as wonderful as falling in love, and in this process there is a unique and special blend of emotions and sensations … when the creative process is more spontaneous it is much more intense … and therefore much more beautiful…”

"A Vision of A Solitaire Dog" by Marco Cuba-Ricsi

“A Vision of A Solitaire Dog” by Marco Cuba-Ricsi

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
I was told once by a Professor: “For the world you will become an artist, a master, a professor, a great painter, but, for you, and deeply inside you, you should always consider yourself an apprentice. Never stop exploring and you’ll never stop learning”

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
For me life is a journey and a continued learning process. Art is my way to communicate myself with the world, is the vehicle to express my ideas, my visions, my thoughts, my experiences. Since I work much symbolism in my art, I leave the challenge of deciphering my work to the observer.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"Genesis" by Marco Cuba-Ricsi

“Genesis” by Marco Cuba-Ricsi

This painting is part of a series I did for an ecological theme show. Usually before I start working on a canvas I have an idea of what the outcome is going to be, but this one was a huge surprise for me. I’ve always consider myself a figurative artist, and I cannot escape that. My visions are always full of figures & forms; but this one in particular had a much more abstract approach that the other pieces I’ve had done before. This one in particular marked that transition for me. The abstraction and the forms are now part of my new work that began with this painting, therefore I titled this “Genesis”.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
Artomatic is for me more like a family reunion, being here surrounded by all these artists is like being with the family. I’ve always considered myself as part of this huge family of artists where you are not the best, nor the most talented, but simply another member of the pack. Artomatic bring us all together to share our work with the others & most important with the public. I’m impressed with the organization & the production of such a great show.

What is your website (or other method of contact):
Marco Cuba-Ricsi
www.cubaricsi.com
https://www.facebook.com/Cuba.Ricsi
http://www.thelatinoartleague.org/marco-cuba-ricsi.html

You can see more of Marco’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the fourth floor, space 7-157.