His life was not a bed of roses. Joaquim overcame major set-backs, both physical and mental. When his initial dream to become a professional football player was crushed, he found a new dream in becoming an artist. A well-known one, that is. High time to find out how this colorful artist is doing.
Q&A with Joaquim Lourenço (Portugal)
As an artist, what is your biggest dream?
“My biggest dream is to become well-known as an artist, preferably worldwide. That people look to a work of mine and say: this is a Joaquim Lourenço!”
What do you consider to be your biggest challenge?
“First of all, my greatest challenge is to achieve my biggest dream. And I am working very hard to get there! Hoping one day, I will reach my goal. I am pushing myself every day, improving my work, and moving forward. Following my paintings, as they continue to “speak” to me.”
What’s your greatest talent?
“I believe my greatest talent is my ability to be creative. Yes, now that I think about it, my creativity is my greatest talent. I am always busy with new ideas, projects, and experiments. Whether with painting, poetry, woodworking or life in general. Creativity is part of me, it’s who I am.”
I am absolutely not good at …
“I find that difficult to answer. But what I can tell you is that I hate hypocrisy, and am absolutely not good at being fake. Honesty, that is what I like.”
I consider myself rich when…
“When I’m with my daughter and son, are the moments I feel the richest. Also when I just have some time to myself to work on a new canvas. Or to feel the sun on my face. I find happiness and feelings of being rich in the smallest of things.”
The artist I admire most is…
“I admire Egon Schiele, particularly because of his drawings: the lines and expression of the human body. I just love the rawness in those lines. Also Artur Bual, a Portuguese artist. Many years ago I went to see an exhibit of him and I fell in love with his enormous canvases. Huge blobs of color – but in a dark outcome – and the way he works the human body. The layers of strokes; so free, yet calculated.”
What do you wish for yourself in 2020?
“In artistic terms, I wish for more opportunities to show my art (and sell!). I would like to be able to continue and grow with my artwork and surprise my audience.”
More on Joaquim Lourenço
If you’d like to read more about Joaquim Lourenço, you can go to the account of our initial studio visit in November 2017 in our Meeting the Artists Blog
Alternatively, you can browse his Profile page on this site, where you’ll find more information on Joaquim, along with the works we currently have listed for him.