Artist Spotlight on Cuban Artist Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez was born in Havana, Cuba on October 16, 1972. His love and passion for art influenced his life as a young child. Anthony was fascinated by works of artists from his birthplace including Amelia Peláez, Mario Carreño and Rene’ Portocarrero.  At the age of 12 he immigrated to Chicago and now resides in Florida.
His work is predominantly in the medium of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, and has recently incorporated murals.
Anthony is a firm believer that everything is somehow connected:
“Our actions and our intentions, whether good or bad, create a chain reaction. Each work or piece in any medium I use will carry that message of connection. I always emphasize that art and life go hand in hand; it is about decisions not conditions.
1. Who are you as an artist?
As an artist… Just me!
2. What is makes your art worth it? To the world? To your fans?
An artist hoping that I leave a legacy to my family, friends and fans an unsurpassed body of work and inspiration.
Hope that makes it all worth it.
3. What makes you different from all the artists out there?
The ability to produce and achieve a constant balance of the everyday juggle act of  dealing with the busines , family, social life and still make time to fall in love with all I do.
4. How did you get into your art?
 As long as I can remember drawing, painting was and still today the only thing that keeps me calm..
5. What is the notorious thing you can say about your art that you never knew before getting into the industry?
There is several things I didn’t know about the art world before I went full time on my career…
Specially the business side of it… It’s a business and unfortunately like every business ‘’it takes money to make money'’.
6. What’s your Poison?
My poison or Aquiles heel is definitely the abuse and stressful beatings and doubts of when to consider a piece ‘’complete'’.
7. How is art your religion?
I used to have a studio, now I work at home. Home is my church My family and loved ones my religion My work …. my faith.
8. What are you truly creating with your art that changes the world, changes society?
 I'm always hopeful that my work inspires people, that it brings a message of connection.
9. What is the message of your art?
 I try to appeal to everyone's youthful memories. To bring your thoughts to a certain song, time and to embrace, people, places where we’ve been or long to be.
10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the arts so far? 
I don't think I'm lucky I think I've been blessed with the ability to comunícate onto canvas or wall, a feeling, an emotion, a memory, an idea. No luck... I'm a relentless worker. The gift or inspiration comes while working.
11. What do you think it takes to make it in the art industry!
Surround yourself with people who work more than you… Keep constant visualization of your goals challenge yourself daily to admire what’s around you and let your imagination create without criticism. Work and network with other artists is key to share ideas to maintain ones relevancy.
12. What do you regret the most in your art?
The one thing I regret most as far as my art is finding is place and recognition… In an art world filled with ‘’what’s trendy'’ .
My style is constantly evolving… it may not be trendy… But trends come and go, staying true to yourself and your work with always the hope the it will surpass all trends and become…
13. Where do you see your career going in five years?
I cannot tell you exactly where my career will be in 5 years... I'm working on it right now... Referring back to always pursuing my work to defeat all trends and stay relevant and timeless.
14. Who is the perfect artist you would love to perform with? 
My favorite artist (Salvador Dali) I will not be able to perform or do anything with him ... would be creepy (deceased January 23rd 1989) but I read a lot about him and get lots of inspiration from his masterpieces and life. We will meet one day Maestro!!! I’m truly also inspired by Evoca, a muralist which I really dig his work. If he reads this, Blessings man… Great work!!!
15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your art?
My legacy would be for those who care, support and are inspired by my work. I would love nothing more than to leave an understanding of how much capital, strength and passion it takes to pursue your dreams and do what you love... And for those who believe in me to be sure I have and will continue to give it my all.
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