It is always a pleasure for us to discover artists from anywhere in the globe and today, we are proud to share with you another artist coming from the East coast. His name is Albertus Joseph and he is here to represent New Jersey. We were blown away by his work from doing murals, canvas paintings to sculpting.
There is something sophisticated about his art that even his portraits of known artists like Nas has more character and depth than a simple photograph would show. You'll see what we're talking about here, as you scroll down our interview with this amazing artist. He has been creating awesome art pieces for 45 years now (and counting). Without further ado, we give you Albertus Joseph, the man who will inspire you and look at art differently as if it has a soul.
An Interview With Albertus Joseph
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Albertus: My mother was my very first influential person as an artist... she was an artist herself and taught all her kids at a very young age (around 1 or 2 years old) how to draw and make things from found objects.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Albertus: As a young boy my influences where comic books and movies... later on in college i learned a out Duchamp and Kandinsky... currently i am inspired by life.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Albertus: I don’t worry about legacy. My plan is to paint and sculpt till i drop. I paint or draw everyday and don’t see that ever changing, God forbid.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Albertus: What i hope the viewer to grasp about my work is a connection... my goal is to show the beauty in the process of living our lives... there is beauty in almost everything and everywhere. As we share this planet and the gift of life my work speaks towards the greater goal of being present and engaged... my hope.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Albertus: Is to broaden universal consciousness.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Albertus: My purpose is to be as productive as possible while enjoying the process of being creative.
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Albertus: I eat and breathe this stuff... even when I’m not actually painting... i am composing and looking at life in hopes to find inspiration.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Albertus: My opinion of Art? I think more people should do it... as far as the industry goes? We have to accept the current fashions or trends... or not... stay true to yourself i believe and screw the rest... like i said I’m gonna paint regardless... so i just do what i do and hope to sell my work... and if not? I’ll give it away...
APA: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?
Albertus: My advice to other artist? Fall in love with the process... pay attention to yourself and the life around you... paint from there.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Albertus: My goals for the next ten years... To grow as a person and continue to paint from my life experiences... and that those experiences produce ever better and more relevant artworks.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Albertus: Biggest mistake? Giving up
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Albertus: What i do to stay motivated is a desire to do better work... i do have lows... but it is very rare... and what gets me out of these funks is a conscious choice.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Albertus: I really don’t know any one artist that influences my work... I’d say them all... i love to see work from other artist living and dead
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Albertus: I really pay attention... I’m a people watcher... and most of my close friends give me inspiration... aside from that life
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Albertus: The biggest challenges to be an artist is figuring out what to do... not how to do it... second? Learning to price your work correctly and to the price points that your work demands.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Albertus: Best part to being an artist? Is the process, the pursuit of inspiration, and the people you touch.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
Albertus: As far as the business goes? I only wish i got into it much earlier
APA: What is your creative process like?
Albertus: My process is kinda simple... i talk with the people i paint (not the famous or dead ones) and i work it like a collaboration... we talk about things that are important to them... and i add to the images and paint from there.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Albertus: Drawing from your own life experiences... extrapolate from life and breath it into your work. The power comes from your convictions and understanding the world around you.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Albertus: I would have loved to hang out with two artist... Frida Khalo and Basquiat
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
Albertus: I don’t know who I’d like to meet for the first time... ?
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Albertus: I would love to learn how to play the guitar.
APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?
Albertus: 10 years ago i was painting abstracts and dating a woman from Holland.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
Albertus: Well since I’ve produced 100’s of pieces of work i think I’d opt for the ground breaking piece... digging deep and getting to be named with the likes of Francis Bacon or Trova or Basquiat or Pablo etc etc etc... would be truly rewarding ... but to back track... all my work is important to me and it’s not for the fame or fortune that i do this... it’s merely because i don’t know any better... Art has saved my life and brought meaning and purpose to an otherwise mundane existence.
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
Albertus: Salvador Dali...he was a character.
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