Today we’d like to introduce you to MBG.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m originally from Cleveland Ohio, born and raised. Raised by both parents, my mother was an artist as well. I’ve been creating for most of my life. The urge to create, sketching and drawing was always there. In between my real estate investments and odd-jobs, art remained. I sold my first painting at the age of 24. I ran the gauntlet of art shows, galleries, etc… in Cleveland. However, I did not become serious about pursuing the life of a creator, being a professional artist, until I lost everything. The 2008 housing and Wallstreet crash had an impact on a lot of people, me included. I made poor decisions, had to sleep in my car or one of the few remaining properties I had left. Sleeping in an empty home/building with no heat or electricity in the dead of winter in Northeast Ohio is no joke! It was not until I lost everything, struggled through depression and anxiety, until I realized the path laid before me, the path that was always there, my calling. I moved out to California shortly after.
Please tell us about your art.
My exploration of the craft varies… The human condition, duality and social constructs. Society has evolved into a narcissistic state. In other forms of art, such as film and music, the special effects, or the rhythm captures the audience, yet the words sink into the subconscious. I hope to achieve the same effect with my work. I use spray paint and acrylic paints majority of the time. My process takes a little longer than most pop artists, everything is hand drawn onto the canvas or whatever surface I use. My pursuit is to be as original and authentic as possible. I stray away from the more popular iconic figures and brands in my pop-art and incorporate personal favorites or rarely used brands such as Givenchy and Mega Man to help deliver a message. I’m obsessed with the mysteries of the universe, maybe that’s where I draw my inspiration from. The quest for knowledge and wisdom of the infinite consumes me. Messages I hope people can take away from viewing my work. Self-reflecting, what it truly means to be a free thinker. Find the balance between technology via social media, mass media etc… and being human.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Having an impact on society for the greater good. For me, personally, that is what defines being a successful artist. If I can spark the mind or minds of the masses, wake people up, then I’m honoring the gift I have within me. Persistence, patience, sacrifice and dedication. a continues work ethic on perfecting your craft is needed.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’m in various galleries, Santa Barbara, New York, Hudson, Miami, Art Basel, Tokyo, VH Gallery in the French Riviera, And I’ll be in Washington D.C this summer at the MuseumDC Gallery as well.
My website is Mbgart.com
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