Artist Proof Interview with Artist: Patricia Vidour
Global Location: Argentina
Patricia Vidour was born in the city of Rosario, Argentina, South America. She’s a descendent of French and Italian citizens who immigrated to Argentina during the 19th century. She is a mother of two children Eliana and Lucila – and has been working as a full time artist exhibiting locally and globally since 2002.
AP: How long have you been making art for and what lead you to start?
PV: All my life! Since I picked up a pencil between my fingers, as a child, art has been in my heart. My favorite childhood activity was ink drawing, but I have no idea ‘why’ I actually started. I guess I was taken by the romance of vintage movies, the beauty of kids trading cards and die cuts that improved my mind and my heart to draw.Painting became my best friend and company, my dreamtime, my life. At the age of 14, I decided to make art my career choice.
AP: Where do you currently live and work? And how does this influence your work?
PV: I currently live and work in my hometown of Rosario, Argentina, located on the western shore of the Paraná River. Rosario is well-known for its universities, its intense cultural activity, and also for the creativity of local artists. And in “milongas de tango” (tango parties) you will learn to dance and will enjoy great musicians playing this genre. The city develops the project Urban Museum that entails reproducing in mural-size the works of great painters from Rosario. These huge paintings transform the city into an art gallery that pays tribute to its plastic artists.
I love where I live. Inspiration truly is everywhere.
AP: Did you have formal training if so what? If your self taught can you tell us what you prefer about being a self taught artist vs having formal training?
PV: I received my BFA from Rosario National University (UNR). But creativity comes from somewhere inside oneself, no one can teach you that.
AP: Can you tell us about where you make your work is it in your house, a studio etc.. and how it effects your work?
PV: I have my own place, a small art studio located just in front of my house. All I need is to cross the street. I have equipped my studio with about everything I need to work, I’m always accumulating materials, books, magazines, brushes… My radio is always on, but I can concentrate on the creative process without interruptions for as long as I want to work. It’s a place for everything to be together, that includes all the supplies and my thoughts.
AP: What is your medium of choice ?
PV: Everything I do starts as a pencil drawing, whether it turns into acrylic painting on canvas or a watercolor painting on paper, or just an ink drawing.
AP: In what direction would you like to see your work going over the next five years?
PV: I want to create forever. The direction would be Follow Your Heart. I want to be happy, healthy and surrounded by people I love… and I would love to make a living from selling my artwork, traveling all over the world. I have also a project about designing my own ladies Tango Shoe Line.
AP: What forth coming projects and or exhibitions do you have scheduled for 2011?
PV: I will travel this year to USA. I´m pleased to have been invited to exhibit my work in Salt Lake City, UT. I am so excited about this great opportunity.
AP: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.