Today we’d like to introduce you to Gigi Rosa Fields.
Gigi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in NYC and NJ in the 70’s and 80’s during the era when Warhol and Basquiat were all around and the art scene was seeping in my young soul.
I went to college as most people from my generation were told to do.
I ended up getting a masters degree in Psychology because in those days you needed to be in that world if you were privileged enough to afford it. I always felt a nagging energy that made me feel different than all the souls that took office jobs and had ‘real’ careers.
I studied dance . film, and acting , great experiences came out of all of that but something was still missing.
I eventually became a therapist for teens in LA and had a summer off with nothing planned. I ended up taking a sculpture class at Santa Monica College and stumbled upon an amazing professor named Don Hartman.
We started carving stone and after my 1st piece emerged, he shouted at me “it’s a Brancusi” !
He told me I must go to Italy right away and study stone carving with some masters .
I was super excited and jumped at the chance. I ended up being awarded an artists residency in Tuscany in the town Michelangelo lived and worked in called Pietrasanta. This started my lifetime love affair with Italy.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth road for an artist? Does that exist?
Van Gogh never made a penny off his art before he died at the age of 37.
So I guess I’m doing better than that so far , but I have a hard time believing my work has value.
While in Italy I went to Rome and studied oil painting. I’ve actually been back 18 times and now I am proud to say I even speak Italian.
Everything about Italy speaks to me.I often wonder if I could have lived a life there before ,as Italians are amazed at how well I speak and how often I’ve returned.
Carving stone is not easy and you can’t do it in your home. So I started craving a way to express myself in a simpler more zen form. (Stone carving can be like beating the hell out of punching bag or jackhammering a sidewalk which often can feel great but leaves you dissolved).
I started with oil painting as I wanted to paint as the masters did. With stone as well, I was taught the ancient art of marble carving by hand. I am now more focused on oil painting, though I mix my pieces often with foreign ancient newsprint.
Since that 1st trip to Italy I have been awarded five artists residency – 2 in Italy, one in Berlin, 1 in Barcelona and 1 in NYC.
I guess I finally understand who I am now that I am an ARTIST.
There is nothing in life I enjoy more than making art and being an artist.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Growing up before technology invaded our daily lives really afforded me a sweet childhood. We played with our imaginations and the neighborhood kids.
I think this is part of why I am so drawn to be an abstract figurative artist.
I like to use my imagination and make my pieces with my hands.
I never plan anything out in advance.I just see what arrives on the canvas or in the stone.
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Gigi Rosa Fields