Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Angelo David Russo. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Angelo David, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. How did you learn to do what you do? Knowing what you know now, what could you have done to speed up your learning process? What skills do you think were most essential? What obstacles stood in the way of learning more?
My shift from being a painter to a mixed media artist happened in university where I was encouraged to experiment with materials and techniques in an innovative way. Many of my techniques are the result of a playful approach to experimenting with materials combined with thorough research of pre-existing techniques used by other mixed media artists. The most significant skill in my arsenal has been the tape-resist technique which gives my layered work their signature look.
The challenge that comes with experimenting is that sometimes things don’t work out as planned, and materials can easily go to waste if the artwork isn’t salvageable. This was especially true in the process of learning fluid art techniques. In cases like these, thorough research becomes crucial as it can be disheartening to deal with the expenses associated with those failures.
I could have sped up the learning process by doing more research ahead of time, however I still believe the importance of the process is keeping a playful and experimental approach.
Angelo David, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
I create mixed media paintings and abstract fluid art influenced by surrealism, cubism, and geometric abstraction.
I think of my works as an ever-evolving journey of exploration through materials/techniques, as well as an artistic conceptualization of the psyche. My body of works branches out into various directions, as a means of maintaining balance between traditional, experimental and digital art.
I accept requests for commissions for fluid art while continuing to work on my conceptual series based on humans and psychology.
My work is about storytelling and connecting with one another through a visual language. Some of my series focus on the stories of strangers, while others are based on my own personal experiences in dealing with the trials & tribulations of life.
What do you find most rewarding about being creative?
The most rewarding aspect of being a creative is knowing that you made something which others connect with on a deeper level, enough so to be compelled to purchase the artwork, hang it on their wall, and make it a part of their daily lives. As a creative, it is so rewarding to know that your artwork contributes to the daily lives of many in a positive way. Artists are also healers, and realizing this is so rewarding.
In your view, what can society to do to best support artists, creatives and a thriving creative ecosystem?
In my opinion, the best way for society to support artists is to purchase art from artists directly through their social media channels. There is so much talent out there, and many artists struggle, needing to work a second job for financial stability. Purchasing from the artists will always make their day without them needing to cut in a 3rd party.
- Website: Www.russoart.ca
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