ARTY GRAS: Antonio Rubalcava Q&A...
What do you write? Are you in a crew?
In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
I started writing in El Paso, TX. AKA Chucco and in Miami about 7 years ago. I don't feel that the Graf and street art has had much influence on the community at all. I self proclaim my handstyle the ugliest most respected handstyle in Miami. Although my influence, love and passion for abstract work which has been my real true love since it came into my life 2 years ago is yet to be determined.
Did you go to school or are you self taught?
I am self taught in the arts.
How did you get started in the arts and why?
I picked up CLUE out of respect. Someone found a friend of mine dead in the desert. I decided to keep his name alive ever since. I just started painting abstract art about two years ago after an experience I had where I was shown my true self. Through this I've received a gift and for this I am forever grateful.
How long have you been working in the streets?
Since I was 12 years old.
Who or What inspires you the most?
THE PAINT! The paint inspires me the most. I am also influenced by shamanistic perspectives.
What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
I think the general public should know that what they see is a passion of self expression and love for what the individual artist wants to convey to an extreme that we risk jail time and hella fines to get a message out. The message of that individual putting it up and out. The stereo types are probably true!
Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
Right now I am painting full time and I have a job. I am fortunate to have a job and support from friends and collectors that allow me to paint when the paint calls. For me the creativity is always there, always present.
What are you working on now?
Painting, painting and painting...
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
I hope that people see the underlying meaning in certain works and the passion behind it.
Check out more of Antonio's work... https://instagram.com/antoniorubalcava/