We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Carlos Ardenti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juan Carlos, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that risks are part of life and are directly related to making decisions, we make decisions all the time we are always deciding something, most of the time they are irrelevant decisions or that do not represent immediate risks for us … for example What clothes we will wear, what we will eat or which way to go to work, but there are really transcendent and uncomfortable decisions that many times we do not want to face but that is the best way to move forward we have to make decisions and take risks, we must get out of our comfort zone In my case I have made very difficult decisions and where I have really put a lot at risk, for example, for most of us, economic stability is a very comfortable area where we do not want to risk ourselves but it can be the starting point for your complete personal fulfillment … Always remember to weigh if your current situation will lead you to achieve your long-term goals.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The theme of my work lies in the daily life of my environment, what surrounds me, the people in the street, their light and the color that surrounds them … the clandestine and the trivial and at the same time what is universally diffused as unique. I like to paint framed emotions in everyday faces and looks. I always had a predilection for portraits, I am enthusiastic and inspires to capture moments, feelings and emotions. I try to use a technique full of expression and rich color. color always has good stories to tell. The biggest challenge for an artist is getting his own visual language, that particular characteristic that makes the difference. I believe that to innovate it is important not to obey established formulas. Professionally, I feel that the road traveled has been short because I had a late start in the arts, but thank God it has been full of successes and good decisions, I feel that I make up for lost time. Overcoming great challenges requires overcoming the small challenges of the day to day, it is like walking towards the peak of a mountain, each step counts, you must go one day at a time with patience and when you least expect it you will be looking at everything from the top. I believe that all human beings in some way want to transcend or leave a legacy, a personal contribution and as creators we have a greater responsibility to give or show in our work some solution or solution to so many existential problems so as to be able to sensitize people with my work We need a more sensitive and less hostile world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well I think you will never have enough time to get to know a city like Houston, Houston is an immense interconnected cultural convergence, you hallucinate in this city for example with its food, you can find restaurants and cafes of any country due to the great cultural diversity that exists. I have had the blessing of knowing different cities and cultures and I believe that each city has specific places where its essence is breathed and you can relax while trying to understand it. I can recommend you to start with its Downtown, the cities are known by walking and I think the best place to walk in Houston is downtown, there you will find many great bars, restaurants and cafes such as Black Walnut Cafe, The Burguer Joint and of course Italian food in the restaurant Piada Italian Street food. If you have other plans, there are also many craft beer factories or bars where you can go as a group of friends, in particular I recommend you visit Holler Brewing Co. and the historic Houston Craft Cocktail Tour with a variety of cocktails from some of the most talented mixologists in the city. There are many options to enjoy in parks and outdoor activities such as Discovery Green and I particularly enjoy visiting museums, I love going to recharge my batteries and get inspired at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without a doubt, the road to success is full of struggles and personal sacrifices but it is not a solo career, God is always my guide and He uses key people who have facilitated the way to the achievement of my goals, for example the support of my family. has been fundamental, my mother was a cornerstone in the construction of many of my achievements, during my education in the arts I had teachers whose teaching and advice were essential and over time they became my mentors … in 2017 when I came to this city I didn’t know almost anyone, but there was a person who believed in my abilities and became a great friend and advisor at the moment that I had opportunities to advance Dr. Raul Oyuela, a great friend, experienced photographer and museum director From the Americas, I have a lot to thank for.
Jorge Ibarra Henrietta Chavez