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ALEX YANES // ARTIST

March 04, 2018
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Beachroad HQ have been big fans of Miami local Alex Yanes artwork for many years, When you first meet Alex you are struck by how laid-back and approachable he is. Born in Miami, he is the product of both the ever-evolving, fast-paced city and the burgeoning art scene. Yet, he is as real and approachable as they come. In a city filled with wild characters and over-saturated personalities, Yanes is refreshingly humble, preferring instead to let his vibrant and colourful artwork take center stage. His art is a mix of wood, ink and paint the sculpturesque pieces have an in your face attitude while being friendly and fun.

NAME? // Alex Yanes

YOUR FIRST JOB? // I was a lifeguard.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? // Miami, Florida.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? // Miami,Florida, USA.

YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // Visual Artist.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ARTIST? // I was born that way, never really made a decision to become an artist. I have always enjoyed creating things.

HOW DID YOUR STYLE OF ART DEVELOP? // I would draw and paint at a young age. I started skateboarding and building ramps at the age of 12.  Wood working and my fine art merged together and 20 years later, my current work is the outcome.

EXPLAIN THE WORK PROCESS IN CREATING A PIECE OF ART? // It all starts with an idea in my head which get spot down on paper. If I can draw it, then I can build it. Once I hand cut all of the pieces, they are individually sanded and painted then assembled to form the final piece of art.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES INVOLVED IN CREATING YOUR WORK? // The sourcing of reclaimed wood, the right pieces can be difficult to find at times.

WHICH ONE PIECE OF WORK HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? // Probably the installation I installed on an abandoned boat in the middle of the ocean.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST IN 10 YEARS TIME? // Hopefully in more museum collections.

WHERE WOULD YOUR DREAM STUDIO BE LOCATED? // On the beach in Costa Rica with my surfboards.

IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARTIST WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? // Probably fading into obscurity within my office cubicle.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE THE ART WORLD WAS FOR YOU? // When a gallery sold my first painting.

YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST? // Jasper Johns.

YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY? // Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEW ARTIST STARTING OUT? // Don't give up!

WHAT ART DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH? // The New Contemporary art movement.

ART ASIDE, WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // My kids.

IF YOU COULD OWN ANY PIECE OF ARTWORK WHAT WOULD IT BE? // Any Barry McGee piece.

IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY ARTIST ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // Eddie Vedder.

YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My wife and three daughters.

YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Death.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My Father, he's everything I want to be.

WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // My father a birthday gift.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Stay young at heart!

YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Worrying about things that never happen.

THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Selfishness.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // Shia LaBeouf.

LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Jacuzzi Boys.

THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // A gas explosion.

FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // The Florida Keys.

LEAST FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // Anywhere cold.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Stand up comedy.

WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Funerals.

YOUR MESSAGE? // If you don't believe in yourself, nobody else will.

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