Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Farradaz.
Nicholas, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Hialeah, Florida, to Cuban parents. Much of my work is inspired by my upbringing in a household full of Cuban traditions.
I drew my first “drawing” at the age of six and painted my first painting at 15; I knew immediately what I was destined to do. At the age of 18, I went into the cigar industry, which is befitting to my current career choice being that cigars is an art form on its own.
I created “The Pop Palette Studio” to bring to life, in my opinion, one of the most expressive forms of art. My inspiration lies in the lessons I’ve learned and the ones I will learn, the beauty I’ve seen and will see.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I paint original works of art on canvas and offer a selection of fine art digital prints and fine art digital poster prints. I work mostly in the Pop Art genre. I’m inspired by several things, one being my upbringing in a Cuban household and the traditions and values that were instilled in me; I consider myself a bit of a history buff, and I am inspired by many great people who have come before me. I am also inspired by my hometown of Hialeah in Miami Dade County, a place I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Most of my favorite artists are centered around the same genre, and I’ve always been enthralled by pieces with bright colors and those pieces that tell a story through color; stories past or present.
My message is simple… smile. There is nothing I enjoy more than when I catch myself smiling while staring at an art piece. And therefore, to give people, the same reaction is my message. If one person smiles while looking at my work, I know my message has been transmitted.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
A part of me would tell you don’t quit your day job; however, my advice is this. We have a saying in Spanish that says “de los cobardes no se escrito nada” which translates to “nothing has ever been written about a coward.”
In the end, you have to live with yourself and the decisions you make. If you love it, do it, if money is an issue, then do it as a hobby and forget about making a paycheck out of it.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can find my work at thepoppalettestudio.com.
People can follow and keep up with new pieces and collections on Instagram at nicholasfarradaz_artist.
- Website: thepoppalettestudio.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/nicholasfarradaz_artist