Today we’d like to introduce you to Joey Serricchio.
Joey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in the small town of La Canada Flintridge right outside Los Angeles, California in 1998. Throughout my childhood, I painted and drew whenever I could. Since I was a very quiet child my parents would often reach out and ask how I was feeling. Instead of saying I was happy or sad I would draw a picture and show it to them.
After graduating high school I went straight into a Film program at a Hollywood art school. This taught me so much about visual language and storytelling that started to influence the way I looked at the world. After two years my interest drifted away from film and I decided to leave the school.
This was one of the best decisions I made because the second I transferred I started rediscovering drawing and graphic design which gave way to the artistic style I hold so dear today. I see my figures as somewhere in-between abstract emotion and physical action. What I create represents the best and worst of humanity which are most often present at the same time. I create my work with a combination of physical techniques, like ink and stretched canvas, and digital techniques, like vector manipulation. The goal for my work is to offer an unfiltered perspective on both the negatives and positives of action and emotion.
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?
Throughout my life, my biggest enemy and ally has always been myself. Throughout high school, I would more often than not compromise who I was to stay under the radar. I’d draw happy people standing in beautiful landscapes or well-rendered horses or quiet flowers. I didn’t let myself take risks and that made me feel little. I was comfortable not knowing people and not letting them know me. This all changed two weeks before graduation however, when my whole senior class was in an assembly in the cafeteria. The principal had finished speaking and told us we could now sign yearbooks. All the kids jumped at the opportunity to talk and laugh together while I continued to be invisible sitting in the corner.
But something felt different. I would usually be happy lost in the safety of my head but this time my head was hideous. I was telling myself I would always be in the corner, there was nothing I could do this was who I was, a quiet kid with no voice, no future, and no yearbook. Then I laughed. What if they signed me. Usually, I would ignore my weird thought’s but I realized this stopped me from bullying myself. So instead of giving up, I sprang up and talked to hundreds of people I vaguely knew and asked them all to sign my arms. This sparked amazing conversations that I will remember for my entire life and let me make new friends with people I never expected. The sharpie also ruined a dress shirt but I didn’t care I didn’t want to go back, I realized that I was letting fear become my personality instead of letting my personality be fearless.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an artist who mixes traditional and digital art techniques to make a hybrid of the two. I’ve always been split between the world of design and the world of fine art and it wasn’t till I found my current style that I realized I could mix the two. I like to explore humanity at its best and worst, which is often blurred ironically together, in my artwork. The figures don’t look completely human they gesture and reference humanity but have a traumatic, turbulent and animalistic tone. I think that can mirror people in times of extreme emotional strain. We don’t think clearly when we’re upset, or in love, or envious, or even hungry and this can lead to horrific actions against ourselves and others.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel that passion is the most important part of success. Knowing that what you’re doing makes you happy and matters give you the confidence to reach for your dreams. I really believe that anything is possible with dedication which lasts as long as your passion. “Don’t apologize for what you create,” is a quote that has stuck with me because it’s true that you should drive your success not the influence of anyone else, just you.
- Website: Joeyserricchio.com
- Email: Joeyserricchio@yahoo.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joeyfolio/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/JSerricchio