In her studio in Berlin we discussed: The gypsy lifestyle, Untrained artists, whether you need an academic training to be an artist, self sabotage, ’Commercial art’ as a dirty word, German Artist visa, the BBK, the european artists perspective vs the rest of the world, Capitalism vs grants, elitism, The psychology of artists, Being obsessive, Fear of rejection, Printmaking / etching, Learning techniques on youtube vs teachers, how sometimes you need to game the system, The power of knowing just one person, exclusivity for artists, the many definitions of success, the need to contradict the system that we are part of, the perceived competition between artists, the fact that a good partner is easier to find than a good gallery, the need to turn negatives into positives, that as an artist your best market is not necessarily where you live, the need to build relationships with curators, Curators earning percentage of sales, That it is good to have someone else write your artist statements or grant applications, An artistic career is not solitary, you need people to collaborate with and work with you.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Beatriz Morales (*1981) developed her skills auto-didactically from an early age. The artist left her native country Mexico in 2001 to pursue formal studies in painting, pottery and fashion design. Morales combines an investigative, abstract-expressionist approach with figurative and illustrative components. Morales exhibits internationally, recent highlights include a multi-exhibition collaboration with star curator Michel Blancsubé, participation at the Mexican Painting Biennial at Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, Oaxaca and 6 other Mexican cities, her major Art Fair debut at Zona Maco 2018 in collaboration with Galeria Obra Negra and an artist talk at Sursok Museum in Beirut, Lebanon. Beatriz Morales lives and works in Berlin.
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