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Check out Clara Gargano’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Clara Gargano.

Clara, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always love drawing. My first memory is of me in preschool, at two years old, drawing a character from Biker Mice from Mars, favorite cartoon ever.

When I was a young we moved around a lot with my family, Mexico, Venezuela, Australia, Qatar, Italy, and being a very shy kid, pencil on paper was always the quickest way to make friends and to communicate when words in my language were not enough.

I think this is what shaped my personality and still affects my art the most. After graduating in Graphics (2013) and getting an MSc in Communication Design (2016), when everybody expected me to work with computer and programs, I decided to spin the bottle and try a slightly different path, going back to simple drawing.

Since then I published two kids’ books, and I’m now happily working as a tattoo artist.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art always starts with a doodle. I guess you could call me a “doodleist” more than an artist. Whether it is about tattoos, illustrations or paintings, it all starts with a quick sketch on paper.

I get inspired daily by what’s around me, by interacting with people, by my trips around the world and by reading books.

Everything I draw is about this, about the things in my reality, it’s a trip through my imagination.

Thus the artistic outcome doesn’t have a particular message; it’s more of a representation of a moment, which wants to take you away from your world and bring you into mine.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
The biggest advice I can give is also the biggest lesson I’ve come to learn in the past three years: if you want to make it, you’ve got to stick with it and don’t be afraid of failure.

It is very difficult out there; the competition has reached extraordinary standards in the artistic world, as well as in many other fields.

If you really believe this is your path, then don’t give up when it gets hard, cause it will be hard for a while before it gets better.

Always shoot for the stars BUT, “making it” -at the beginning is not about being at the top, rather being able to make a living out of what you love doing.

This might seem a simple concept, but sometimes we lose focus of the most simple things, which at the end of the day are those that really affect life. This is another important lesson I wish I had learned earlier.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work on my website, claragargano.com or on social network (@cloroxarttattoo).

At the moment I’m working on lots of new projects, some of my paintings will be featured in an art show in Milan, and hopefully in New York in the near future.

I’m also working on my third book, which will come out next fall. You can check out my other publications on my website.

Contact Info:

  • Website: claragargano.com
  • Email: cloroxarttattoo@gmail.com
  • Instagram: cloroxarttattoo
  • Facebook: claracloro


Image Credit:

Jasmine Davis

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