Warren Hoyano, The Birth of Venus, watercolour, 66 x 66 cm, $1420
1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.
My watercolour in the VAM exhibition is part of a series of abstract human torsos. The title is a reference to Botticelli’s famous painting of Venus, however, my work portrays the opposite of conventional beauty. It is about what is beneath the surface of things.
2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?
I have always been driven to make things. Art fulfills that need.
3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?
I wish there were more opportunities to show art in Peel Region and more opportunities for the public to encounter art in their everyday lives. In the next ten years both the municipalities of Mississauga and Brampton and the region in general must promote and support the arts in order to avoid being a cultural blank spot beside Toronto.
4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?
My advice to a young person would be to see all kinds of art, support art and practice continually in your chosen medium.
5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery?
At the beginning of March I will be participating in The Artist Project in Toronto and toward the end of March I will be exhibiting in Montreal.
See Warren Hoyano’s The Birth of Venus at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Art Show until February 26th.
Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26. Ballots available at Gallery Reception.