We had the good fortune of connecting with Francisco Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Francisco, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
The option of giving up is to not try anymore, if your dream is a big giant star and you want it to be bigger than the universe, then the only option is to keep going and reach your goal, otherwise, all the work and effort mean nothing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart from other artists, is that I don’t paint to please a certain crowd or cater to anyone but myself, though this may sound very self-centered, it is not who I am, but my opinion on what a lion fish looks like, is my own interpretation, and I will paint it as such as my imagination and creativity sees it, not how I am told it looks. I am most excited for the things to come, selling artwork and being recognized for it has been extremely gratifying and I only strive to continue to grow. One thing during this, was to explain how I felt about giving up or continue to seek your goals, I am professionally where I am today because I have been told “No” but I used that as armor and proved the wrongs to be a “Yes” thanks to my perseverance and consistency of success. I have learned that I have to be unique and bold, it is part of my personality and I like to channel it into the art works I make, and I have to continue to do so in order to get to where I want to be, which is a to be a big influence in art and pop culture, I want one day to have my name spoken and have everyone know who I was and what my art made them feel, just like Picasso or Dalí. I want the world to know that my art is just more than a painting that could be “shocking” or “different”, I want people to look at my art and know that it’s ok to be free and to think whatever you want to think, art is never correct, art is what we create and what we envision, there should be no boundaries, our imagination is boundless and infinite, and art should be the same, so I am here as a rebel, to tell everyone that what you painted is beautiful as long as you love it, and present it to the world with no expectations but with the satisfaction you got from getting red, blue or yellow paint on your hands.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Dallas, TX. There are many things to do here, personally I would go to the museums, love going to the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Contemporary or the Perot Museum. For food and sightseeing, I would definitely visit the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge which offers a great view of Downtown Dallas, along with amazing restaurants like one of my favorites, Saint Rocco’s, and for dessert, Cake Bar. For fun, I definitely would check out the Dallas Arboretum, Deep Ellum has amazing places to visit such as Emporium Pies and for an interesting evening out, the Deep Ellum Arts Company which features open mic on Mondays for up and coming artists.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate the credit and recognition to any and all individuals who support small beginnings and dreams like me, if I wasn’t lucky enough to have people who liked and appreciated my art, I would be nothing, so, big shout out to my friends, family, and anyone out there who supports artists and arts.