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Art & Life with Althea Robotham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Althea Robotham.

Althea, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Architecture was my first love. Graphic design became my second and gradually edged into 1st, but it isn’t confined to one path. I”m drawn to the broader scheme of the art industry. The art of transferring one’s imagination to the many canvases of life is what motivates me to promote visual art of talented individuals. I’m constantly attending art events and excitedly sharing it with friends and family. One day I decided to extend it to the world instead. That’s when I created We Know City.

Somebody knows somebody is our motto and if I can share the tremendous, genuine artistry that exists from my corner of the world, it would shed light in someone’s eyes to pass it along. Art is a powerful, silent entity of its own that can move you without touch. We Know City has become a platform to spotlight artists from all walks of life, from graffiti to contemporary, to sculpture, to motion art. We Know City will become the Times Square of art exhibitions. There’s simply too much talent out there to go unnoticed.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
We promote many different styles of art such as renaissance, modern, expressionism, street, abstract, contemporary, pop, photography, sculpture, etc. Artists apply on our site to be selected and showcased on our social media. By photographing and recording art like the Mickey and Minnie piece created by Mr. Brainwash, we then insert the images into our social media templates, and some are placed into video formats for YouTube. The videos are especially unique because we create them for an approximate duration of 5 minutes and include our descriptions and feelings about each artwork. This, in turn, offers a different perspective on the pieces that the viewer might not have noticed. You will find the artists name, artwork titles, sizes, mediums, social media handles and contact information are included in each video.

Our artist roster is filled with people who we think of as family. Even after our initial posts we still support and rave about our artists when they have solo exhibitions and great milestones in their artistic journeys. Prime artists like Kelly Fitzpatrick, Glenn Hidalgo, and Uma Aslam are very hard to come by. It is a great honor to be able to showcase their masterpieces on our platform.

Other than this, we simply love to support artists that we come across in any way possible. We seek out up-and-coming artists, particularly because we have been in those shoes of trying to get your work acknowledged and promoted by reputable companies and being turned down. Your talent will speak for itself. It just needs to speak to the right person. We Know City was created to bridge that gap and be the spokesperson for these extraordinary souls. By speaking with numerous artists, we have found that the industry has in a sense turned it’s back on the people that created it in the first place. This has become a deterrent for some artists, and a good amount of them have given up on creativity. Some people just need to hear the words “wow your art is amazing. It would be a crime for you to stop.”

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success is when someone is speechless while viewing your art. When they just can’t seem to get the right words because they are emotionally being toyed with, that is success. When you see people staring and leaning and contorting themselves to try and understand your work, that is success. When someone says they heard about We Know City through someone else, that solidifies our motto of somebody knows somebody and leads us to confirm we are doing something right. When you have created something so long ago, and a person knows the title and can describe it as if it were right in front of them, that is success.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Artist’s wanting to take advantage of our catered promotional services can apply at weknowcity.com. Everyone can support our artists via Facebook (weknowcity), Instagram (weknowcity), Twitter (weknowcity), Tumblr (weknowcity.tumblr.com), and YouTube (youtube.com/weknowcity).

 In a few months, our artistic social networking site will be completed. Art buyers, collectors, curators and art lovers will be able to browse, search, connect, and support on a grandiose level.

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Image Credit:
We Know City is the photographer of the Mickey and Minnie art piece.

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