Meet the Artist: Joshua Rios – Art San Diego 2022

Abstract artist, Joshua Rios will be exhibiting at Art San Diego 2022. Carry on reading through to understand a lot more about Joshua and his do the job.

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

A: I am Joshua Rios, 33 yrs old, a California native now residing in San Diego. I am an oil painter in abstract, expressionism, realism, and allover designs. When I’m not painting, I perform as a k-12 going to trainer for San Diego Unified. I also engage in guitar, make frames, and write novels and small tales.

Q: What is your history?

A: Commencing in significant university I took artwork and ceramic lessons for electives. I did not know then how crucial art would be in my lifetime, so I merely liked them with out expectation. Whilst going to neighborhood school I started out painting on my very own to beautify my bedroom walls, and at some point took a number of artwork lessons, from common sketching to innovative painting. Though earning my bachelor’s diploma at San Jose Condition University I ongoing portray in my spare time and started generating electronic artwork. Throughout my a long time in San Jose, I was accepted into the Kaleid art gallery downtown for area artists and was a vendor for several art fairs in San Jose’s Sofa district, this kind of as to start with Fridays and their multi-day subZERO art competition.  

Q: How do you function?

A: When portray at residence I place absent all interruptions, often working in entire silence or actively playing instrumental audio in the background. Working with oil needs persistence it usually takes a when for the paint to established. But because I really don’t have any, I am usually functioning on multiple paintings at a time involving classes. Regardless of whether portray on internet site or in my house I soak up myself fully and do the job as swiftly as I can. I will paint until finally a topic is completed or the canvas is entirely soaked and I can no extended increase levels. I check out to be productive and program out the quantity of time and sessions I will get the job done on a one portray. Having said that, this is rarely the situation and I acknowledge my process should be totally free to keep on as extended as it usually takes. The method is a journey. I can only control it so much in advance of I obtain myself working with a painting as substantially as on it. 

Q: What artwork and artist do you most detect with? How have they influenced you?

A: For no matter what purpose I have usually found that summary paintings resonate the most with me. I remember very first learning about Jackson Pollock in higher college through artwork course when our art instructor confirmed us a single of his most well-known will work (selection 31). I was so happy to know that his design of artwork was valued in the world. This was just before I experienced at any time painted a picture in my daily life, however I realized at the time I had the flexibility I would make the exact same design and style of portray. I think artists are inherently intuitive.

Mastering about Van Gogh’s artwork was a very similar expertise for me. Viewing his sketch, The Postman, was the initial time I regarded an artist’s type with out observing their signature. The professor confirmed the sketch and I quickly knew it was Van Gogh. It is like his signature is embedded inside the artwork by itself, that is how distinct his model is. And that is a thing I strive for as an artist. Each time I paint scenes and subjects, I am normally thinking of Van Gogh’s inventive viewpoint and lively creativity.   

I also ought to mention Pablo Picasso, who I love for his entertaining, and straightforward however complex subjects. His paintings blossom in the creativeness and choose the edge off the seriousness of everyday living. He is another artist who would make me assured in pursuing my very own style with no anticipations but my personal. 

Q: What has been your favorite experience so considerably as an artist?

A:  I begun painting to experiment with color and structure and beautify my walls. I was hooked when I understood how a great deal artwork can positively adjust a living room and incorporate to our life. The a lot more I painted the a lot more strategies I experienced, and I fell in like with the prospects. I glance ahead to bringing much more exclusive artworks into the entire world for myself and other people to appreciate. My preferred encounter has been rediscovering a decades-outdated portray and remaining motivated and reassured by it. It’s like getting a information from your younger self hoping to inform you how proficient you were being yesterday, are now, and will be tomorrow. 

Q: What is the finest suggestions you have been given?

A: I realized lots of yrs ago that superior tips can appear from any where. One working day when painting outside the house my condominium, my neighbor, an more mature gentleman who arrives from a household of musicians, was going for walks out of his house and noticed me operating. He approached my station and asked what I was up to. I advised him I was just experimenting with some paintings. He examined my perform and then reported, “you know, inevitably it just arrives down to proficiency. How proficient are you at what you do? Mainly because not everybody’s likely to like the identical stuff. But if you can be proficient at what you do, then you are carrying out alright, gentleman.” That may have been the to start with time I thought of myself as getting a distinct style of portray and recognizing it doesn’t have to be sure to every person. 

Q: When you are not functioning, where by can we locate you?

A: When I am not operating I am functioning. My working day career as an educator retains me chaotic all through the week. When I occur house, I rest, take in, and then start off painting, working towards tunes, or functioning on a creating challenge. But apart from perform and house, I delight in exercising, possibly at the gym, the park or just about my neighborhood. I like to get out in character and consider hikes or just stroll close to the city and find a new restaurant to try to eat at. Sometimes I go out and listen to live new music on the weekends at a several unique venues. You can discover me at Balboa Park, going for walks by way of the museums, experiencing the landscapes, or just passing via. I also go to Mission Bay or any of the beach locations in San Diego when I want to swim or just rest exterior. 

Q: How has your vocation as an artist shifted during the earlier two yrs? And did the pandemic have an influence on your artwork?

A: Two decades in the past I was not engaged with developing my profession as an artist. I painted on a whim, hesitant to share my new operate with some others just nevertheless. I experienced only just begun painting once more in 2018 when I moved into my have apartment in San Diego after not portray for 6 months. Around the pandemic, I finished many functions that broke me through to a complete new amount of expectation for myself. I realized it was time to start advertising my paintings in San Diego when the pandemic was above. The most major matter I did was create my site, which is now my most beneficial tool as both of those a storefront and portfolio.

I painted only two pandemic-affected paintings. 1 was at the beginning of the lockdown and the other was correct in advance of I caught covid-19, which ironically portrayed how it felt staying unwell. It is a portray called The Blues on my website. Apart from the pleasant downtime, the pandemic delivered me, I are inclined to maintain it effectively in the rearview mirror and do not bear in mind it normally.

Attending Art San Diego 2022? Make certain to prevent by booth #324 to meet Joshua and see additional of his items!