Black Visual Artist Chat – Isaia Magarelli

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Isaia Magarelli is an exceptional painter, poet, and musician. As a visual artist, Isaia creates vibrant portraits depicting iconic musicians, friends, and himself as well. Get an in-depth look at Isaia’s background, his artistry, and his creative journey.

Me: Can you speak on the significance of using art as a form of activism?

Isaia: Art changes the way people perceive things. I feel like someone can go to Brazil and paint a graffiti of Tupac and people who have never heard of him in Brazil, once they see his graffiti on the wall, they’ll be like “wow, who is that guy?” Then you’ll have those people listening to him and starting a revolution. The same thing can be said in regards to politics, using art to speak out against oppression and things that are going on within the Black community like the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. I feel like it can get in tune with people’s souls and make them feel a certain way. Art can send off a vibe and make you want to get out and protest or speak about change or start a revolution.

“Art can send off a vibe and make you want to get out and protest or speak about change or start a revolution.”

Me: Definitely! You mentioned some great points right there, especially in regards to using art as a way to spark those types of dialogues and getting people to be able to create some type of social impact.

Isaia: Right, and as an example, I did a painting of a little girl. The name of it is called, Little One. Being from Miami, I dedicated the painting to little kids who are getting shot and killed here as well as other places such as Chicago. These kids haven’t even gotten a chance to live out their life. I feel the responsibility as an artist to create the vibes for people to feel a certain way about these issues. It is important to try to use your talent to do what’s right for our communities. If we want to change what’s going on, we have to start within ourselves first. Art can spark that vibe within you to make you want to get up and change what’s going on around you.

 

Me: That’s really powerful bro, just being able to use art as a sounding board to move people to action and provoke thoughts of shifting people’s perspectives. Would you like to give more details on the Little One piece?

Isaia: It’s more of a graffiti type of painting. I painted the background red which represents the bloodshed of the little children who are dying from gunshot wounds. It’s just me getting in tune and seeing what I see going on in my neighborhood and other areas in this nation. No parent should have to bury their child. I wanted to create the awareness and bring this issue to light in this painting.

Me: Yea, I feel you on all of those aspects, that’s excellent man praises to you!

Isaia: Thank you.

Me: Describe your upbringing, where you’re originally from – when you started painting, family background, and education.

Isaia: I’m from Miami, Florida. My parents are not from the best neighborhoods. My Dad is a reverend and my Mom is a very spiritual women as well. They taught me a lot as far as being my own man, holding my own responsibilities and being strong in the faith. I first started falling in love with painting around fifth grade. I felt like it was an outlet for me to express myself as a different person. When you’re around the same reality 24/7 that’s the person you become. When I was in middle and high school I wasn’t as in tune with it as I am now though. Around that time I was in a gang and I was doing other things like playing Football. Once I realized what I was missing in life from what I started as a little kid, I gave up all of those things just to paint again. I’ve been told that my family is mixed with Bahamian and Indian descent.

“Once I realized what I was missing in life what I started as a little kid, I gave up all of those things just to paint again.”

Isaia: I’m in college right now and I’m majoring in Computer Engineering. I do love computers but not as much as I love to paint. I also believe in self-educating myself. School is cool and all to get a degree, but I feel like you should also improve your way of thinking as well. There can be some things in history books that can give you a false perception of what’s really going, you can be misinformed about a lot of issues. Self-education is limitless, you can go to any source to receive information. This generation has so much technology at it’s hands that there’s no excuse for you to not educate yourself.

 

Me: I agree! Self-education is just as important as getting a formal education in my opinion. If you’re not learning, then you’re not growing. Where do you go to school?

Isaia: I go to school at Miami Dade College. I’m in my second semester right now but I plan on transferring to a different college probably an HBCU like Howard University or Morehouse College.

Me: That’s excellent man! Many people don’t make the connection between art and engineering so I wanted to know if you’ve found any type of relationship between the two? 

Isaia: Yea, there is a connection because as an engineer you have to create things even though they might not be painting or poetry. You could be the engineer as far as music production goes. Everything is basically ran by computer now so you can create computer hardware to make a specific music format to use in the studio. The only thing I feel that’s different about computer engineering is that you have to go to school but I feel like you could self-educate more with art. You can go to a museum to find inspiration to paint something or read a book that can spark your visual interpretations. I didn’t go to art school, I’m just self-taught. I’m just speaking from my own perspective though because I need that education on how to build computer hardware. Art just comes natural to me.

“Art just comes natural to me.”

Me: Yea, that’s awesome! Those pieces that you create are exceptional, when I was looking at them, I was like ‘wow, this dude’s the truth!’

Isaia: Thank you!

Me: No problem. Once you get out of school, what type of engineering would you like to go into?

Isaia: I would like to either create computer hardware or I would like to be involved with making cars. I do like how cars function.

 

Me: That’s great man! I was originally a Computer Science major but I found out shortly that I couldn’t handle the math so I switched it (laughing).

Isaia: Yea, math is crucial in this field especially. If you’re not in tune with it then it’s not for you. I feel like a lot of people get a false impression of going to school just trying to get a good job but not knowing what you have to put into it in order to get there. I just hope people are more aware of knowing what they’re getting out of their education.

Me: Yea, I had to learn the hard way in that regard too. That’s why many people switch because they go into one major thinking that it’s going to be a certain way and it ends up being something totally different. It can be a tough decision to make.

Isaia: Yea, I feel like you should have self-reflection of what satisfies your curiosity. Curiosity goes a long way. If you want to know why a computer or a tv works a certain way or why when you put a shot in someone’s arm and they have certain reaction to it – if you have a curiosity and find an interest in doing those things, then I feel like you should pursue it. Usually when you get a Bachelor’s degree, it’s hard to find a job now in that major. So, I would say you should really be careful in what you take an interest in because it’s crucial now. As far as trying to find what’s your purpose in life and trying to make money at the same time – it’s very excruciating for some people. So, it’s all about self-exploration and assessing your interests.

“I feel like you should have self-reflection of what satisfies your curiosity.”

Me: That’s excellent advice, especially for upcoming students who may be unsure of what they want to major in. Definitely have that self-reflection session and figure out what your passions are while also exploring those career paths you could pursue as well.

Isaia: Exactly.

Me:  You mentioned that your father was a preacher earlier. What was that lifestyle like for you, and has that spiritual foundation played a role in your art?

Isaia: Well, before my Dad became a preacher he had a life himself (laughing). I feel like everybody does before they get saved. I have a different approach to the church. I have my own beliefs on going to church. As I mentioned before, I was involved with a gang. The reason why I joined a gang was because of my Dad. I felt like he never accepted me for who I am. That’s why art is very important to me as well because it allowed me to express myself deeply in a manner that I wanted to do for a very long time. I’m not throwing any shame on his name or anything like that because he did make sure we had clothes on our backs and food in our mouth. But, there’s a difference between giving actual love and just doing things for your kids.

 

Isaia: My older brother was more involved with the church than I was. We have two way different lives. My brother grew up in the church more than I did, I was more in and out of the church. My Dad was more strict with my older brother when it came to going to church. As I started getting older, I started seeing things within the church in a different way. Now, I’m not too much up on the church anymore. I just rather read the Bible for myself and worship another way. I feel like the church doesn’t go out and approach people who really need this faith. People in different churches will tell you to ‘come as you are’. Ok, but if a homeless man came in with a smell and horrible clothes yet he gets kicked out – how can you be that hypocritical? That’s just my belief. I’m not trying to judge or bring shame on church but at that same time, I feel like reaching out to people who have been turned away by the people who go to church daily are those who need it most. I feel like teaching God’s word shouldn’t only be structured in one place, you should branch out and shed the same advice to people who don’t get it often. I do believe in God and Jesus but I just call them by different terms.  

“I feel like teaching God’s word shouldn’t only be structured in one place, you should branch out and shed the same advice to people who don’t get it often.”

Me: I definitely respect your beliefs brother and those points you mentioned. It can be a level of hypocrisy associated with church-goers. I’ve seen some of them act one way within the institution and then go out and do something totally different.

Isaia: Exactly! It’s like this facade they put on. I’m not saying that everybody is like that, but the things that I’ve seen changed my mindset on how I approached spirituality. So, that’s how it is with me.

Me: The reason why I asked that question is because for some people, the way they approach their craft evolved from that spiritual foundation. I was just seeing if there’s a relationship between that and the way you do your art.

Isaia: Oh yea, I did forget to mention that I also believe in self-righteousness. Whatever good you put inside yourself is what you’ll release out. If I’m putting good knowledge, wisdom, and experiences inside of me, eventually when I get to that canvas or behind a computer, I feel like it’s going to be constructed in a certain way. So yea, I feel that spirituality and your mental focus on how you perceive things is very important to art as well. If you read a bunch of books on higher consciousness, and self-awareness; once you receive that knowledge and you have a conversation with someone – you may not realize it but everything you put into yourself is actually being released into that person that you’re talking to. It’s the same with painting.

 

Me: What books have you read or anything you’re reading currently that you would recommend that have helped you raise your level of consciousness?

Isaia: I would recommend Awakening Higher Consciousness: Guidance From Ancient Egypt and Sumer by Lloyd M. Dickie, and Man’s Higher Consciousness by Professor Hilton Hotema. I feel that higher consciousness has a big influence on the way I paint and how I construct things. Not only do I paint, I write poetry and I create music as well. Those are two other ways that I can release not only what I learned, but things I have experienced combined with that.

“I feel that higher consciousness has a big influence on the way I paint and how I construct things.”

Me: Wow, you’re just multi-talented all across the spectrum, that’s great man! Did you start creating poetry, music, and art all at the same time?

Isaia: Painting came first, then poetry. I started doing poetry in high school around my Junior year. I love how words can be constructed to bring about change. For me, poetry is real hard to write because when I write about something, I would like to research that theme so I can have background knowledge of what I’m about to write. I just don’t write anything out of the blue, I like to sit down and actually think about the poems. When I write, I have to think about the person that’s receiving it as well. My sole purpose of creating is to motivate people and create a change. As long as I can pass the torch to others coming after me and motivate them to become greater than me, then I feel like I’ve done my part. I also play the acoustic and electric guitar. I released an album on Soundcloud last year in November.

“I love how words can be constructed to bring about change.”

Me: That’s incredible man that you have this burst of creative energy that’s ever flowing! I’ll definitely listen to that album. Have you ever created paintings from poems that you wrote?

Isaia: Yes, I have this poem that I wrote awhile back. It was basically about sex between a man and woman in regards to what the man does that turns a woman on. I turned that poem into a painting and used the words to go along with the piece I created. That’s the only one I’ve done though since then (laughing).

 

Me: (Laughing) Cool. I’m also an artist myself which is one of the reasons why this blog project came about out of that passion.

Isaia: We need platforms like this because it’s a lot of artists that don’t get the recognition they deserve especially black artists to keep it 100 with you. I Applaud people like you for giving us exposure and bringing a platform to people who really need it. To come across someone like you gives us hope to keep creating.

Me: Wow, man that makes me feel so good! Essentially, that’s what the goal of this project is – to create a resource for inspiration and wisdom from phenomenal black artists. I appreciate all of those words, they keep me going.

Isaia: Yea dude keep at it.

Me: You mentioned in the beginning just being involved in a gang, how have you been able to get out of that lifestyle and stay on the right path?

Isaia: The way I was able to keep myself out of the streets is by doing art and having a strong will of what’s good for me and what’s not good for me. 99 percent of the time, the reason why a person joins a gang is for comfort. They want appreciation for their actions whether good or bad. Since my father didn’t accept me for who I am, I joined the gang to feel like I was a part of something. It was because of lack of self-love and awareness. I found out later on that I had my share of depression from trying to gain acceptance. When I was going through that depression at the time, and I had no other way of releasing it, art was the reason why I was able to keep a clear head and keep from going insane. I felt like not a lot of people could understand or would try to understand me at least. Gang life is bad, I’m not going to front with you. No one should resort to violence or use guns for every measure in life. But, I would say it did taught me how to be my own man and make things happen on my own terms. The streets taught me how to be tough in a dangerous world and how to survive. It’s a part of me. Do I regret it, no because I feel that everything is a learning experience for you to grow and learn as a person. I joined a gang when I was in 7th grade.

“When I was going through that depression at the time, and I had no other way of releasing it, art was the reason why I was able to keep a clear head and keep from going insane.”

Isaia: Around 9th grade, I suffered from manic depressive illness also known as bipolar disorder. I looked up the symptoms and every symptom that was on that list was basically what I was going through. I still have my episodes at times when I feel down but I feel like it’s more of a will thing. I preach about self-awareness so much because if you don’t have that foundation for yourself on what you’re trying to achieve then you’re bound to fall. As far as the negative things about joining a gang like the violence, the drugs, and disrespecting women – I would never give credit to any of those things. I realize how wrong it was and eventually I paid some consequences for that. Now, I just focus on creating and trying to inspire people, go to school, and read. I could have been sent to the cemetery early so I am glad that I made the changes in my life.

 

Me: First of all I want to thank you for being so honest and open with your experience just dealing with the gang life and how you were able to make the transition out of that lifestyle. I feel that as a young black man living in America, it’s so many different roadblocks that are there and can get us involved in troublesome situations. Being able to have these authentic conversations with each other provides a means for us to be able to solve a lot of these issues.

Isaia: A lot of these poisons and pressures within our community are put there on purpose to keep us restricted from achieving a certain level of self-awareness. Imagine if every black person in America was aware of who they really are, you know how powerful that would be? What many people fail to realize is that this police system was created around the same time the KKK was created. It was not implemented to protect people of color. I’m not saying every cop is bad now because it has evolved. However, I feel like if you’re a good cop then you should call out the bad cops. We have to bring up these issues but we also need to actually deal with them and practice how to assassinate the pains within our community.

“Imagine if every black person in America was aware of who they really are, you know how powerful that would be?”

Me: Drop the mic! You’re dropping knowledge bombs all over the place man!

Isaia: (Laughing) I’m just speaking what comes to mind bro!

Me: I’m also thankful that you shared your story about dealing with depression and bipolar disorder. Even though we’re talking about it more, it’s still taboo within the black community.

Isaia: Yea. People look at the black man as someone who doesn’t have feelings. The reason why I think a lot of brothers don’t open up about this is because of pride. They think if they talk about this around the homies, or around their girl, then they’ll be seen as weak but that’s not the case. It’s really about utilizing your spirit and trying to open up as a person. One of my cousins also dealt with it and he committed suicide. That’s one of the issues that we definitely need to talk about and deal with. Apart of the reason why I was also depressed at the time was because I was playing football and I felt like people only saw me as this football player. I only played to keep myself out of trouble and because the people who I was cool with were playing too. I didn’t really love it though. By the time I got to my senior year, I wasn’t playing at all, I was focused on art. Depression is very real within the black community.

“Apart of the reason why I was also depressed at the time was because I was playing football and I felt like people only saw me as this football player.”

Me: Exactly. It’s been periods in my life when I’ve dealt with depression, it wasn’t severe to the point where I wanted to commit suicide though. However, there’s definitely been moments where I had a lack of self-worth and confidence especially being a black male and not being very athletic. That just goes back to people’s perceptions of black men and who we’re supposed to be versus who we actually are; reflecting the full spectrum of our humanity. There isn’t just one type of black man.  

Isaia: I understand you 100 percent. I actually wrote this poem on the black male a while back. It’s part of a mini-series which I’m still in the process of writing called Moderate Views Idealistic Daily. I wrote 2 poems so far – one is about the black male and one is about the black woman.

 

Me: That’s dope man! Describe how you approach your creative process; what’s your ideal environment to bring out your full range creativity?

Isaia: I usually sit in my room alone and I have music on when I paint. Whatever music I’m listening to, I have to feel it so when I do paint, the melody within the music can construct the way the painting comes out. I actually have Synesthesia which means that I can see and feel colors when I listen to music. I can paint without music, but it’s more comfortable for me to do it with music because it makes it easier for me to release out the creativity. I had Synesthesia since I was a little kid. So, if you see a color in a painting of mine it usually comes from the music I was listening to at the time. It’s basically two artists working together (laughing) in a sense because it’s me then it’s the music as an artform helping me construct the work.

“I actually have Synesthesia which means that I can see and feel colors when I listen to music.”

Me: Wow, I never heard of that word before in my life (laughing) and I’ve never met anybody who has that!

Isaia: It’s hard for me to really describe in words because it’s coming from me (laughing). Synesthesia also has a major influence in the music that I play too because I can see how I want a certain note to sound when I’m creating it. I guess it has its perks.

 

Me: Yea, it definitely shows within your artwork! (laughing)

Isaia: I found out that celebrities like Mary J. Blige, Kendrick, and Frank Ocean have it. Michael Jackson had it as well.

Me: Wow, drop another mic on that one! That’s so dope!

Isaia: I can also get crazy with it because I’ll put on a whole album of instrumentals and I’ll come up with a whole bunch of different colors (laughing)! I don’t want my mind to go crazy though so I try to not overdo it so it doesn’t oversaturate the colors.

 

Me: Speaking of music (laughing) what types of music do you like to listen to?

Isaia: I love funk, soul, disco, rock and roll, and rap but I can listen to pretty much anything so I couldn’t just give you one specific genre I prefer. One day I could be listening to electronic then the next day it’ll be gangsta rap. My favorite artist is Tupac though.

 

Me: Cool, I understand. If you could collaborate with any artist on an upcoming piece, who would it be and why?

Isaia: There’s this Russian-Israeli painter named Leonid Afremov (IG: @afremov). When I first saw his work I was just amazed like ‘wow this guy is one of the greatest artists I’ve ever seen.’ Once you see his work you’ll understand why I want to collaborate with him. His work is so beautiful, he uses vibrant colors like I do, but I feel like his is more diverse. You have to see it for yourself. He’s still creating art till this day.

 

Me: That’s great man! What types of mediums do you use?

Isaia: I like to experiment a lot. I can go from oil to watercolor paint to acrylic. I can combine watercolor and oil paint together. I feel like painting is it’s own universe that you can explore for yourself whether it’d be traditional or digital. So, I’m all over the place (laughing)! My favorite medium would probably be oil paint though because it’s more engaging psychologically. I also see acrylic as being more spiritual and watercolor as being more spontaneous. I approach each medium differently depending on how I’m feeling at the time or the type of music I’m listening to.

“My favorite medium would probably be oil paint though because it’s more engaging psychologically.”

Isaia: Sometimes when I’m using a certain medium I have to stop and ask myself, ‘what was the purpose of creating this piece,’ because I can get lost in the process sometimes. I’m not organized with a specific medium. I do digital as well. I feel like the more you explore, the more tools you have in your inventory to use. Why not try to be versatile with what you do? For example, if a person wanted a particular piece done and they love your work, but you can’t do it because you don’t have the skillset that they want to create it. They’re going to go to somebody else who can do the work that they want. So, the more versatile you are, the more you can unravel and bring to life art that people have never seen before. I feel like it’s healthy for me to be versatile. If I live to be 100 years old and I was still painting the same way I’m painting now, I would be unhappy. I want to explore things that haven’t been brought to life yet in the painting universe. When someone tells me that they look up to me, I always tell them to explore as much as you can in art because there’s so much out there that we don’t know that we can do yet. Be a scientist as an artist and try to bring something different each day if you can.

 

Me: Wow that was a phenomenal response man! I’m trying to embrace my curiosity a bit more and explore different mediums as well. For a long time I’ve been using graphite and colored pencils and that’s it (laughing). Just doing these interviews though I’m learning that it’s crucial to your growth as an artist to actually try something different.

Isaia: Yea. I remember when I first started painting I was just using oil. For some reason that didn’t sit well with me, I wanted to see what else I could use to create beautiful pieces. I feel like when you just use one medium, it becomes redundant in your work. Versatility does help you grow, but it also helps you unravel things you didn’t know about yourself. It changes the way you perceive things. Without it you can’t be self-aware of how your soul works. As I discussed earlier everything you put into your soul is what you release. If you’re only putting one thing into your soul then I feel like it’s being malnourished.

“Versatility does help you grow, but it also helps you unravel things you didn’t know about yourself.”

Me: Add some water to your soul to make it grow! (laughing)

Isaia: Yea man (laughing) like a plant! Water it and feed your soul everyday as much as you can until the day you’re gone.

Me: Excellent! This is actually a great segway into the next question. In your opinion, what do you think young black visual artists can do to create more opportunities for themselves?

Isaia: I think black artists can create studio labs and visual groups. Every black artist should encourage each other and collaborate. Just getting together and feeding off of each other’s energy and starting things like painting associations can be essential to the black art community. I’ve seen so many talented black artists that I wish I would’ve of knew sooner. If we combine our talents then eventually we’d have to get recognized by higher authorities. That togetherness can lead to future opportunities. If one artist can create a beautiful piece of art, imagine what more artists can do together to create a piece. If people see how beautiful that work is and it touches their soul a certain way; and that person happens to be a big name, then that can lead to an opportunity right there. There’s power in togetherness.

 

Me: I definitely agree! That unity is key to strengthen us and it’s vital to our success within the art world. So, I feel you brother!

Isaia: (Laughing) Thank you man!

Me: What’s your favorite piece you created?

Isaia: My favorite piece would have to be A Princess or More. It’s portrait of a black girl who’s holding a rose in her hand. In the background I painted this barren-like landscape. It’s almost like a black Mona Lisa. The reason why it’s called A Princess or More is because it’s showing the black woman’s worth and her beauty. It really came from my soul. I was really in my feelings when I was working on it. The music really gave me this explosive energy to come up with that piece. I think I executed it well, I like the way it turned out.

 

Me: That definitely sounds like a beautiful piece! When did you start selling your art?

Isaia: I started selling my work when I was in high school around my Junior year. That’s when I really started taking my art seriously. From that point on I told myself, ‘I wouldn’t work for free again unless it’s a special circumstance like a charitable cause.’

Me: That’s what’s up man! Yea, I feel you, especially with your talent and going to school.

Isaia: Yea, those books ain’t cheap bro (laughing)!

Me: I definitely remember those days (laughing)! So, what have you learned so far from selling your art?

Isaia: I learned how to work efficiently and not take like a month on a piece. When I’m painting I usually do a painting overnight because it gives me more time to create. I have so much work that I’ve created that I haven’t even posted either because I didn’t have time to or I just forgot to. I’m constantly thinking about the next piece I can create. I have so much work that I destroyed too because I wasn’t happy with it. I’ll also have my days when I’m not feeling it and take a break. Then, I’ll just come back inspired by something and get back to it. It’s like a scale – sometimes you’re balanced then your unbalanced.

 

Isaia: I feel as a professional artist, working as creatively and efficiently as possible is a skillset that you should acquire. If people are paying you a lot of money for a piece, and they expect it done at a certain time and you’re not done yet, then they might want their money back. They also might go to another artist who may be able to get it done more quickly. You have to be able to win at both sides. Life as an artist is hard man, because you have other things to worry about too. I love art; it’s who I am, but I have to also make time for family, and school. I remember at one time I was just consumed with my art and I didn’t make time for nothing else. As a result, my grades took a dip and it strained my relationship with my family. You can get so in tune with art that you can neglect other things that are important in your life. That’s another thing I learned – how to balance my art with my life.

“I feel as a professional artist, working as creatively and efficiently as possible is a skillset that you should acquire.”

Me: Those are some excellent points that you mentioned especially with the balancing aspect. It’s definitely a hard concept to get right. Even with me, working full-time, doing the interviews, and also trying to develop further within my own artistry definitely causes me to be unbalanced in certain areas.

Isaia: I feel you! I try to balance it out as much as I can.

Me: Are there any other artists in your family?

Isaia: Yea, my little sister’s an artist, but I don’t think she’s as serious as much as she should be. She’s drawn some wonderful things, but I don’t think she recognizes how much talent she has. I’ve always told her she should take it seriously, but she’s also involved in school as well. My older sister is also a poet and a model. My older brother is trying to create his own clothing line too. So, I would say all of my siblings are respective artists in their own way. My mom always had a very bright and flaring imagination as well so, we get our creative aspect from her. I was also told that my grandfather (my mother’s father) was a musician in his younger days.

 

Me: Wow, those creative roots run deep man! What was the most challenging piece you’ve done?

Isaia: There’s this piece I created called Submerge. It was challenging because I combined so many different things within it. It’s a side-portrait and her face is connected to a waterfall in the background, it’s very diverse. It’s hard to describe, once you look at it you’ll see why.

 

Me: Wow, it does sound like it was a challenge though. Describe a time when you experienced a creative block, and how did you overcome it?

Isaia: When it comes to painting, I don’t think I’ve ever had a creative block at all because of the music and I feel like my mind constantly thinks of things 24/7. Whenever I think of something and I feel like I’m going to forget it, then I’ll write it down quickly before the thought disappears. With poetry, there’s been plenty of times when I’ve had a creative block. The way I fix those creative blocks is by doing more research on the things that I’m writing about and see what I’m missing. I’ve also had plenty of creative blocks with music. You can combine so many different genres together and I would get overwhelmed and not know what type of style to do. There’s times when I would know what type of tone I’d want, but I wouldn’t know how it would sound. It might not be as cohesive as you’ve may have thought it to be in your head.

 

Me: Wow, these answers man (laughing)!

Isaia: (Laughing)

Me: How has your artwork shaped you as a person?

Isaia: Art made me be more honest with myself. It made me realize who I am and why I’m growing. It gave me a sense of peace in which I can make mistakes and know that it’s part of what my life consists of. It’s made me more aware and more in tune with my soul. It’s made me more aware of what’s healthy for me and what’s not healthy for me.

“Art made me be more honest with myself.”

Me: Wonderful answer! What is your most proud achievement so far as an artist?

Isaia: My most proud achievement would be when I was a senior in High School and I won an award for outstanding community service and my artistic ability. It made me proud because people were actually seeing what I expressed and it actually motivated and inspired them to express themselves even more. In that regard, I felt like I’ve done my job as an artist.

 

Me: Congrats man!

Isaia: Thank you!

Me: Would you like to share any upcoming projects/exhibitions?

Isaia: Right now I’m in the process of creating this piece but I’m not sure how it’s going to come out or what to name it (laughing). I also plan on creating my own anime, I think I have the ideas and tools needed. I’m a big fan of anime too, it’s also played a role in my creative process as well in regards to the storytelling aspect. I grew up on Dragon Ball Z and I’ve always loved it’s vivid storytelling. I don’t have any art exhibitions right now but I do plan on looking for some great galleries I can go to in Miami.

 

Me: Yea, I know there’s a lot of art galleries out there.

Isaia: Yea, but I got to do my research so I can I find the right ones because I don’t want to just go with any gallery. I want to find one that I can become connected with. So, I’m just looking right now.

Me: That’s cool man, looking forward to seeing your anime! What’s your vision for the future in terms of your artistry?

Isaia: I see myself either changing the world or being changed by the world. Hopefully, I can inspire people from across the globe with what I’m expressing through my work. What I mean by being changed by the world is, what new style is going to be implemented within the next 5 to 10 years from now. You had different periods in painting like the Renaissance with artists like Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo, and the Harlem Renaissance with black artists expressing themselves with beautiful black art that was ahead of its time. I feel like it’ll be another period again. If I’m changed by it then I’ll just have to adjust but at the same time without losing my self-worth and forgetting who I am. My plan from here on out is to keep growing with my art and help other people grow within themselves.

“My plan from here on out is to keep growing with my art and help other people grow within themselves.”

Me: That’s great man! I know you’re going to do some incredible things and take your work to another level that we have yet to see. You definitely have a bright future ahead.

Isaia: Thank you! This is the dopest interview I ever did, this was awesome!

Me: Forreal? Awww man, thank you! I appreciate your time and just being so open about your experiences.

Isaia: Thank you for giving me the opportunity!

To purchase and inquire about Isaia’s artwork please contact him via email: jeremiahsmith43@gmail.com  and his IG @isaiamagarelli.

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