Brooklyn, KS STUDIO, 05.01.2013, 13:00
When, where and why did you start? Or just how long have you been painting, creating collages and making films?
I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and been drawing basically since my childhood, always driven by a vivid imagination. So in some capacity I have always been an artist, and I've been on that trajectory ever since. I started painting seriously in the early nineties; motion has always been a focal point for me and it became easier through technology.
Where did you study?
I didn't go to art school, but I was very fortunate to be in the close proximity of great mentors, who gave me guidance and knowledge. A lot of good work happened through trial and error and lots of practice. I consider myself studying and learning every moment, and for that I am grateful. William Blake once said that "The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of convention." This is my school bag.
What is your favorite piece of work that you have created? Or which of your artwork pieces is your favorite?
Lets put it like this: I have favorite situations, involving my art, my perception of the art and my practice. Every creation is an introduction to the next things I am doing.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am enjoying this interview.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am greek from the waist down.
What inspires your work?
Everything can be an inspiration, positive or negative. I draw most of it from my inner states, and then I may apply metaphors to better express my vision. The fact that I have the capacity to create whatever I imagine is an inspiriation by itself, because there is no resistance.
Is there an artist you relate to?
There are too many to mention, that I am grateful for. But here are a few: Pablo Picasso, David Bowie, Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, Vivienne Westwood, Sigmar Polke, Jean Michel Basquiat, Ronnie Cutrone, Jimi Hendrix, Leonardo Da Vinci, George Condo, Walt Disney and the RAMMELLZEE.
What would you call your style?
Positive, negative, neutral.
Did you ever feel like giving up?
What is best thing about to being an artist?
What's the worst thing about being an artist?
What's the best advise you ever had about how to be more creative? Or what advise do you have for aspiring artist? Or do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
"Trust yourself, break the rules, don't be afraid to fail, avoid the nay-sayers, work like hell, and give something back" (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
If you had the opportunity to change something about the art industry what would it be?
I am not even paying attention to industry, so I can't answer this.
When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive?
I am an optimist, and I see light where others see darkness. There is no problem because there is no solution.
As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?
Having the tools and the means to manifest more work and feeling enchanted about moving forward every moment.
How do you think you would like to to be remembered by everyone if something were to happen to you suddenly?
As Kostas the beautiful, the stunning and amazing (hahahah).
Photo: Niko Tavernise
Interview and text: Arsen Markaryan