Art, // February 1, 2015
Randy Drako – ARTIST
Interview with artist Randy Drako —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
Hi my name is Randy Drako. Who I am and what I do must be credited to what I have been through. I only recently discovered my passion for art while locked away in a prison cell. I’m 30 years old and I’ve been locked up for close to a decade now. Four years ago I picked up a pencil and for the first time found freedom through imagination. Shortly after I got my first acrylic paint set. I haven’t been able to put the brushes down since. I love the freedom I get from painting. There are no walls or locked doors when it comes to art. Even though I still remain in prison, I have found solace thru artwork.
2. Why art?
I chose art as my way to escape.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
I have always enjoyed all forms of art but I never expected I would become an artist. It all just came together for me in a series of events.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
I have many favorite subjects but I really enjoy painting strong females. I love the
story that can be told through a look of strength and beauty.
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I just start throwing colors and shapes down till I see something I like. I usually go in with a concept in mind but it changes several times as I bring the painting to life.
6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
As for inspiration, I love Salvador Dali for his imagination and his ability to be creative in so many forms of art. I enjoy his paintings like ascension, that approach an image from an extraordinary point of view. And the optical illusions he created. Another artist that truly inspires me is Leonardo da Vinci. I am captivated by Autodidacts and there thirst for knowledge. I have thought myself to draw and paint with no real help or teachers. It can be extremely frustrating but also very rewarding. Every day you work you advance and expand your knowledge. Leonardo took his thirst for knowledge to the extremes and it shows in his work.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
I have been getting many great responses and have been working with dealers to sale my work.
8. What do you like about your work?
I love that I have been able to create some beautiful pieces from such a dark place.
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
My advice to anyone is do what you love at any cost.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In 5-10 years I see myself somewhere sunny.