LD: Have you found that social media has introduced new collectors to your work and art collecting in general?
JT: I think social media has done great things for artists in general. It absolutely has introduced new collectors to the work. In addition it has made the artists artwork more visible than ever before and accessible to people from all over the world.
LD: Do you have any advice for new art collectors or individuals who are contemplating entering the hobby?
JT: My advice would be to invest in the artists you love. Regardless of how famous they are. Buy the art you believe in.
LD: You’ve painted several endangered species over the years. How did you become interested in animal and environmental conservation?
JT: I became interested in endangered species when I was an undergrad in California. They had just announced that we were entering a mass extinction that was occurring at a much faster rate, than ever before. The subject really interested me and I decided to challenge myself to pursue it. I think I’ve painted 1000+ paintings since. I’m really invested in it.
LD: As someone with an MSc in Primate Conservation, I am in love with ‘Expiring #2’. When you reflect on your progress as an artist, are there any particular pieces that you hold in high regard?
JT: I love the first ‘Endangered Bird’ painting I ever made. It belongs to my wife. Sure, there are pieces that have a longer lasting effect on you. I love everything I make, as they are extensions of myself. But there are special ones.
LD: You grew up in Cuba but now live in the United States. What do you miss most about living there?
JT: What I miss the most, is knowing everyone on the block, and the energy of the people.
LD: You recently released ‘Expiring #4’ with the People’s Print Shop. Do you have any plans to release additional prints in the future? Would you consider hand-finishing or hand-embellishing an edition?
JT: I definitely plan on releasing more prints in the near future. I have already done two sets of prints with Cass Gallery in Tampa. They were hand-embellished and it was great reworking previously finished pieces.
LD: Do you trade with or collect the works of other artists?
JT: I do and it’s a great thing because it shows mutual admiration between colleagues, regardless of the pricing and politics involved in the art world.
LD: What can we expect from Juan Travieso, in the future?
JT: I have a huge project in the works coming out late September, in multiple countries. I am collaborating with a brand. I also have multiple shows coming up with Thinkspace Gallery. Be on the lookout for those shows!
I wanted to thank Juan for taking the time to sit down with us. Juan and his print release 'Expiring #4' were previously featured here. During the interview, Juan mentioned prints at Cass Gallery. They can be purchased at Cass Gallery, by clicking on the image below.