Today we’d like to introduce you to Isné Bobo Nuyent.
Isné Bobo, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Being around so many diverse walks of life, I’ve always been inspired to express myself. Growing up, I had the opportunity to pick up a lot of different crafts and hobbies, with my amazing mother dedicated to raising me and my father being a painter-poet. Even through the growing pains financially, in their relationship and raising two 2nd generation Asian American kids, they always taught me different philosophies to approaching life that I take with me into my craft and how I express myself. I also need to mention that finding my identity was always a challenge growing up where I was as an Asian-American. There was a constant need to prove myself. At that time, even still nowadays, it’s pretty easy to shit on Asians and get away with it. With so many different races growing up around you in battle with one another, it really does some shit to you when you feel like you’re defenseless. Having art, charisma and finesse was the way of creating my unique persona to fight back and challenge those perspectives.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I generally have a lot of angst so I gotta express myself with whatever I can get my hands on. When I was young, I did a lot of martial arts and that discipline spread into art direction, skateboarding, BMX, martial arts tricking, music, modeling, design, acting, photography—whatever.
I find my greatest inspiration through human emotion. I hope whatever I do gives you a rush. Whether it’s intense love, excitement, pain, glory, rage, confidence, sadness.
What should you know about my artwork? My family and friends are the ones that created me. For everyone who’s been part of my journey and helped me along the way, I hope to live life to my greatest potential for the ones who couldn’t make it. I’m talking about the ones who have passed away and all the broken dreamers who were forced to give up their passion. I’m blessed with this amazing opportunity and have the ability to manifest and create amazing moments to share.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think one of the greatest and worse things nowadays is that everyone has a voice. The internet is fucking crazy. ANYTHING GOES. Any unknown artist can blow up in an instant. But with that comes a lot of bullshit. I’m not saying everyone has to be nice and shit but I think it’s easy for people doing nothing with their lives to hide behind an internet persona and completely shit on something you’ve put your heart and soul into. The respect of a voice isn’t earned anymore. I’m glad people are expressing themselves but it’s important to understand where that criticism is coming from and not to be too affected by it if it’s negative.
I think people are getting too sensitive and aren’t letting people even make jokes or create entertaining, truthful pieces that explore parts of the human mind that exist. Not that I’m for people being hateful to others. I guess the most recent thing on my mind is something like how Sebastian Maniscalco made a joke, poking fun at millennial sensitivity at the VMAs and got completely shit on for it. It’s like yo, he’s a comedian. Take a fuckin joke. Life is hard enough as it is, but it doesn’t have to be. Even though I have strong opinions about people having too many passes on the internet or whatever, I believe everyone has a right to express their art. And to me, what Sebastian said was clearly coming from a place of entertainment and happiness, which then got stirred out of context. I think the intention of why you put things out into the universe counts for a lot. With that… I hope you create with an unapologetic attitude and that you have the courage to be the truest form of you.
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?
You can see my work on various artist’s pages, in a viral meme somewhere… lol, or you can check out the timeline of work I put out via Instagram @bobo.xxndigo.
- Instagram: @bobo.xxndigo
Isné Bobo Nuyent