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“A JACK OF ALL TRADES” IN THE ART
“A JACK OF ALL TRADES” IN THE ART WORLD @KEVIN_BANOS
August 17, 2020
MEET THE ARTIST BEHIND A LOT STUDIO
In conversation with Kevin Baños, we explored the issues of being a creative talent in today’s world.
By: Jaadi Fonseca
Since our first collection, we have been inspired, we have discovered new talents and we have learned A Lot. From engaging with the upcoming voices of the creative industry to creating products that support the new generation of artists, we noticed that we need to work together and support each other more than ever before. That is why we are so excited to share with you the story of Kevin Baños.
Kevin is a born and raised New Yorker, who has A LOT to share with us about his inspirations, work, and relationships with art. Kevin lives and breathes for the creative pursuit, finding himself constantly experimenting and testing ideas that come from both the subconscious and conscious mind. He is passionate about playing with that thin line between reality and our own perception.
We started by asking what brought him to Fine Arts and specifically product design/illustration?
He told us that while he does have many interests, drawing and sketching have always been what brings them all together. Even as young as 4 years old the moment his dad saw he could draw he put him on art programs and took him on trips to Pearl Paint and getting his hands on art supplies.
While his dad offered great support and motivated him to pursue his creative talents, it was not until he graduated from college that he began to get more in tune with his creativity and understanding that “now I can add my design skills and practice back to my whole ethos and personal work”. Since then he developed a firm grasp of which career he wanted to pursue. “Industrial Design was the perfect combination of sketching, exploring my interests, and solving problems at hand.” “literally that guy who walks around with a sketchbook and is constantly sketching and questioning my environment. It’s fuel to my existence.” To pursue a creative career, we need to be passionate about what we do, and Kevin is an example of that. He is “literally that guy who walks around with a sketchbook and is constantly sketching and questioning my environment. It’s fuel to my existence.”
As we can all see, Kevin is truly passionate about his work, so we asked “What do you like the most about your art career?”
He told us that “there is a certain feeling that people get when I show them something they were not able to flesh out. It’s a certain unexplained moment of pure inspiration and euphoria that comes from that. I suppose it comes from the fact that I have been actively practicing sketching and drawing for well over 10 years now (professionally about 3-4), but it always completely reassures me about why I do what I do. Besides, I’m a huge advocate for capturing small ‘happenings’ as soon and as quickly as possible. We’re constantly surrounded by moments and actions caused by life and I personally find it to be one of my biggest inspirations. It’s almost as if the most mundane and subtle moments are what I find intriguing and then translating that on paper”.
Although we all want to live in the unexplained moment of pure inspiration and euphoria, we also grow A Lot when we learn from our challenges. So we asked Kevin what are the biggest challenges he has faced.
One of the negatives of being a “jack of all trades” in my case is that unfortunately, I’m not comfortable nor specifically great at any single thing. So I guess one of my highest difficulties is understanding how to monitor my skills and interests, to benefit what it is that I want exactly.
Also in the art world, I have always struggled with how the value is heavily based on its financial prosperity. I just find it odd how some works are valued more than others knowing obviously much fewer years of work and thought has been put into it. Personally, my creativity is by far the most important thing to me, and so even if it’s $1 I try my best to live off of my creative means.
That said, I have had many points where I had to do retail work or moving boxes, picking up trash. It’s just a part of it and I have to learn to accept that.
We have all been through and will still go through jobs that do not fully reflect who we want to become, so to end on an inspirational note we asked Kevin to share with us what’s his endgame.
“I simply want to be able to create any/all of my ideas without having any controllable variables in the way. So if I want to go to Singapore and paint a certain location to use that for inspiration of a product or environment I want to create – Just knowing that I could – that is definitely a goal.
In a way, having the creative freedom to work on the projects that I want to but also inspiring the coming generations and providing value to not only creatives but people who can use creative means as a way to get by – helping others through the joy of viewing and experiencing art or through design to better their circumstances.”