Vakseen – “Be the cure”
Vakseen's artistic signature developed along the years appears collage-based, until you look closer. It’s actually a painting style which fuses with elements of photorealism, cubism and fashion design. Everything this talented artist does is painted by his hand and it's a unique portrait of an insecure soul. Discover his story in the interview below.
What can you tell us about: "Providing the cure for art's ailments"?
It’s a way of life. It’s my company’s mission statement, but it also defines Vakseen and what I stand for as a creative mind. I think there’s a lot of BS and subpar material in the entertainment world and, simply stated, we can choose to complain or I can work to inspire and make the changes we’d like to see. Be the cure.
Can you tell us about how do you overcome your insecurities?
Determination, self-love, passion and discipline. I think you either learn to love you for you or you work hard to change the things you don’t like. Ten years ago I was 140lbs heavier than I am now. I spent my early years being insecure about my weight, until I hit that point when I was determined enough to do something about it, naturally.
What was your biggest fear as a child?
Getting old and having regrets. That’s still probably my biggest fear. That fear definitely keeps me inspired so I can honestly say there’s not much I regret.
How would you like to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as a true creative mind; a purist, yet business minded and driven for success. One that wasn’t afraid to push boundaries and stood up for what I believed in. I just hope to be remembered for producing high quality art that consistently evolved, ignited discussion, captivated the senses and, most importantly, questioned the way we allow popular culture to impact our lives.
Do you listen to music while working, what kind?
Music is a major part of my life. It depends on the mood I’m in, but I love Hip Hop and Soul. I’m currently listening to Kendrick, Bilal, J. Cole, D’Angelo & Quadron to name a few.
What’s your routine before launching yourself into a new project?
I typically start piecing new ideas together while I’m in the last stages of my current painting. From there it allows me to just jump into my sketch as soon as I complete a painting. It’s pretty factory like now that I think about it. Finish one...on to the next...over and over.
Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol?
Andy....hands down. I connect more with his style, subject matter and use of colors.
Do you get along with your neighbors?
I mean... aside from the occasional “what’s up” to the stoners across from me playing acoustic guitar at 1AM, I don’t really know my neighbors.
Where we can get the best hamburger?
The best turkey burger I’ve had was here in LA. There’s this random spot called Juicy Burger that creates custom burgers and OMG. Definitely one of the best I’ve had. The food is amazing here, period!
My favorite dessert…
Hardest question of the day. Man, I love sweets! You can’t ask a parent their favorite child! Bread pudding varieties are slowly creeping to the top, but I’d probably have to say homemade pound cake is my all-time fav. I’m from the South and it reminds me of home.
My top 3 gadgets…
Macbook Pro, S6 Galaxy Edge (even though I cracked 2 screens in a month) and my iPad. Essentials.
Absolutely a MUST! Sex is an amazing, vital experience....the best form of communication....essential for a healthy, long term, relationship.
In my wardrobe…
Is an insane shoe collection that should have its own room. I’m a big fan of classic Jordans and retro Nike. I also wear a lot of Polo, music tees and, of course, my own shirt line.
If you’d like to see more of Vakseen, check out the official website.