Hispanic Art Scene Art Blog
You have to spend Money to make Money.
That is true in all businesses including art. I have been doing very well lately with some nice art sales and lots of exhibition opportunities. My artists friends say I am very lucky and probably feel that success came easily and with very little or no cost to me. But the truth is that I work harder and longer at my art then on anything else in my life. I love every minute of it but it is not as easy as they think it is. There are art supplies to buy, art to create and exhibition opportunities to chase. And yes even the most successful artists have to pay for things like advertising, promotion, and a few hanging fees and brochure fees once in a while. A few of my artists friends feel that by creating the art they have done their part and should never have to pay for anything else. But galleries have rents to pay and electric bill, overhead etc, so in order for them to survive they might ask an artist to chip in on some advertising, or bring food to the openings, perhaps a small hanging fee etc. I do not mind paying these and helping out whenever I can as I know what it is to own a gallery and I am so glad I no longer have to own one or spend numerous hours gallery sitting. These same artists who would not pay a $20 hanging fee would think nothing of going on vacation and spend several thousand dollars to get away for a bit. As for me my number one priority is to create my art and that includes having paints, canvas and other materials in stock. I also know I need to get my art seen so I have to exhibit, promote etc. And after 7 years of me devoting myself to my work it is finally paying off. To all the artists who sacrifice the goodies in life to devote more money to creating and exhibiting their work I say stay the course as you will reap what you sow. And when you become successful and are making lots of money on your art remember to help those that supported you earlier on in your career and stay away from the fake friends that will come along after you are successful. But most important of all remember to splurge on yourself and buy that fancy car or go on that great vacation you had been wishing for, then get back to the studio and keep on creating. This article is dedicated to all artists who sacrifice so much to share their art with the world. Thank you for sharing your creations they are much appreciated and enjoyed.
Cuban American Artist Jose Acosta.