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Art & Life with Fernando Del Rosario

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fernando Del Rosario.

Fernando, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up in the Philippines, my earliest memories of my father drawing superheroes, a sister who is an amazing graphic designer and an incredibly supportive mother, my path to creativity something I knew I wanted to pursue. Living a humbled life, we as a family never took things for granted. I drew my own comic books to tell my own heroic tales. I played with just a handful action figures that didn’t belong with each other. When I was eleven, my mother brought my 3 siblings and I to America. We lived the American immigrant dream. We all worked hard and continued to not take things for granted. At the age of 12, I was able to completed my Justice League (aka Super Powers) action figure collection by delivering newspaper. Every day, I would ride my bicycle 4 miles away from my house to deliver and collect payment. Sunday’s papers were so thick and heavy, I think they all weighed heavier than me. This work ethic set the tone of my 4 years of art school, an amazing career in advertising, marketing & design, the classes I teach & lectures I’ve done with universities & colleges, and eventually to my artists journey into galleries, events and auctions.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
This collection of original composed art is in honor of the 2 things that are dear to me: superheroes and inspirational quotes by extraordinary people. Growing up as a foreigner in America, I was not popular, athletic or charismatic. As an awkward boy trying to find his place in a new country, I found solace and inspiration in the stories and characters of the superheroes I would see on television or read about in the pages of a comic book. As I developed my own identity and confidence, my interest expanded to poetry, philosophies, and quotations by amazing & inspiring people. I was drawn to movies and documentaries of struggle, adversities, and accomplishments. At that point, I realized that superheroes do exist in the real world. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Bruce Lee, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Walt Disney and Michael Jordan are just a few of the many individuals that have inspired me. Like many of the superheroes I grew up with, these people were not always perfect. They made mistakes. They struggled. They failed. But they got back up and tried and tried again. They were ordinary people like us, who gave it a little bit more “extra” to become extraordinary.

This original art collection is in honor of what has inspired me throughout the years and an expression of my creative perspective. Every one of these comic book pages is from my collection as a kid. And this is my way of sharing my story and my inspiration to the public. It is an art collection 32 year in the making.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Enjoy the process. The highs & the lows. The creative process isn’t a straight line. It’s jagged. It’s amazing, exhilarating, breathtaking, fulfilling, tough, stressful, and uncertain. But when you lose yourself in the creative process; creativity and inspiration will flow through you. But…the big “but” is that you can’t just sit and wait. The creative process requires an incredible and sometimes unbelievable amount of hard work. Sometimes you have to do something you don’t feel like doing just to jump start the process. One of my favorite quotes is “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Below are links to my artwork, synopsis, images and some video interviews I’ve done during a gallery opening. I love sharing my artwork and inspiration. If you have any open wall, a connection with an art gallery, a friend of an art dealer/art collector; please feel free to forward any of the links below. I’m believe in the ideals of networking and connectivity. We are all connected in various ways. Every opportunities I have had with my creative career is based on people knowing other people. This interview is one of many proverbial stone in the lake; I am excited how far this ripple effect takes my message, vision and creativity.

Website:
Below are links to my artwork, synopsis, images and some video interviews I’ve done during a gallery opening. I love sharing my artwork and inspiration. If you have any open wall, a connection with an art gallery, a friend of an art dealer/art collector; please feel free to forward any of the links below. I’m believe in the ideals of networking and connectivity. We are all connected in various ways. Every opportunities I have had with my creative career is based on people knowing other people. This interview is one of many proverbial stone in the lake; I am excited how far this ripple effect takes my message, vision and creativity.

Website:
https://www.conceptzombie.com/artgallery

WriteUp Link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/e8e6cdq26x0sy48/Real_Heroes_ArtShow_2017.pdf?dl=0

Video Interviews:
https://vimeo.com/158596495

https://www.facebook.com/TodayImBrave/videos/1741381642765102/

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Fernando Del Rosario
Nick Sickelton

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1 Comment

  1. paul giannini

    June 14, 2018 at 07:01

    Fernando – look forward to seeing some of your pieces soon!

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