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Meet Juan Perednik

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juan Perednik.

Juan, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started drawing when I was a kid. This was my way of scaping reality creating my own world (it still is). I believe I stopped drawing at the age of 12 when we become teenagers right? I started skateboarding and playing guitar. Drawing was a kid’s thing…

When I entered University for my Bachelor of industrial design at University of Buenos Aires (UBA) I was drawing again but this time, objects.

After University, I worked in several design companies and then started my own electric guitar brand. I was doing really well but something was missing.

Finally, I started a caricature course and that was how I got back into what I do now which is basically draw people. Faces, bodies, hands and more.

I am completely in love with the human body in general. Each person, each shape is different and expresses something new each time.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Well, if someone tells you everything in life will be smooth he or she is lying. Specially this type of career right? Art is never easy BUT I wake up everyday and I know I’m doing the right thing, that is the best feeling ever, period. In my case, I never thought I would be making a living as an artist. So as I said, each day is a dream that came true.

If there’s something you are passionate about and you would like to do that everyday, the best advice I can give is GO DO IT!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m an artist, I also teach and motivate people to draw and do art! I specialize in drawing and painting in different mediums such as graphite, charcoal, digital, oils and more.

I’m known for drawing and painting the figure, the human body in all of its forms. I work with different perspectives and I try to break the shapes sometimes in order to contrast the figure vs the abstraction.

When it comes to teaching, I teach groups of people all over the world via Zoom and I also give individual personalized lessons for those who need them.

I am proud of how many people I helped to start (or get back) drawing.

Everybody is different and unique, that’s for sure. I would say what sets me apart from others is the love, the dedication I put into my own pieces AND into helping people to draw. I do talk A LOT about feelings in my classes, about frustration, anxiety and everyone loves hearing the truth behind each piece and the true process of an artist!

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Hmm… the big question right? Success is different for everyone.

In my case, success is: waking up each day, making a coffee and start my morning drawing. Then working out and then going back to my studio to keep working giving lessons for groups of people who love art too, laughing and analyzing each student’s work.

Also, having quality time with friends and family that’s very important and a big part of my life.

Yeah, that is success for me.

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