Meet the Artist: Manuel Taure

Colleague and close friend, Manuel Taure. The print maker.

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I don’t call myself an artist. I am simply a filter of my life.”

Artist Manuel Taure in his studio ©Alison Wattie Artist Manuel Taure in his studio ©Alison Wattie

When artist Manuel Taure shared those words with me, I knew this interview was going to be intruiging, just like the man himself.
Manuel, or Manu as his friends call him, has been making art since he was a child in Barcelona. After graduating from art school, he freelanced for many companies as a graphic designer, always dreaming that one day he would create for himself. At age 31, Manu bought a plane ticket to Brazil where he hoped to discover his own voice as an artist. The rest, as they say, is history.
Why did you decide to go to Brazil and how did you survive once you got there?

©Manuel Taure ©Manuel Taure

Going to Brazil was a life coincidence (laughs). My dad had just returned from there…

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Meet the Artist: Viviana Hinojosa

Interview by Alison Wattie.

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“My friends think I’m crazy because I live alone with six cats”, laughs Viviana as she scoots them from my feet. “What will they say when I tell them I just rescued two kittens, only days old, that were dumped in a box on the sidewalk? Am I just to step over them? Now I am their mama and that is the way it is.”

Viviana in her studio ©Ric Kokotovich Viviana in her studio ©Ric Kokotovich

This is how Viviana Hinojosa is—direct, strong, convicted, clearly compassionate, and as evidenced by the room I am standing in, a very talented painter.

We are at her home/studio for an interview and she immediately apologizes for the mess. All I see are canvasses—propped on chairs, the floor, on an easel. Next to her easel in the dining room is a giant square high top table literally covered in drawings. Viviana has been busy.

©Viviana Hinojosa ©Viviana Hinojosa

What do you…

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