Tell us about yourself
My name is Pedro Richard. I’m originally from Port au Prince, Haiti. I’ve been doing art all my life. An interesting fact about myself is that I worked for Kern Studios Mardi Gras World, painting floats.
What kind of art do you do?
I don’t like to categorize my art. I feel that the art I create doesn’t fit in a box or genre. I create all varieties of art over a spectrum.
How did you get started & how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been doing art all my life, there was never a certain starting point.
What or who inspired you?
I’m inspired by Malcolm X, Nina Simone, and Jackson Pollock.
How do you work?
I like to listen to music while painting, I also like to meditate before painting my pieces to set the mood. The mood I’m in or around me will be display in the piece I’m working on.
How has your practice changed over time?
My practice has changed lately because I have learned and gained experience in different perspectives, styles and from fellow artist.
Do you pursue themes?
I will pursue a theme if its relevant to my style or mood at the time, as an artist I look within my own creative mind. I don’t look to social media trends as guideline to my art.
Do you have a series you would like to highlight & tell us about?
In my paintings, there isn’t a particular series because most of my paintings are about self-love, expression, and women.
Is your life expressed in your art or vice versa?
Yes. In a certain way depending on what I’m going through at the time certain events or emotions will be displayed.
What’s integral to your work as an artist?
Individualism is essential and important to me, putting my own spin on my artwork and being seen by the world as my own individual artist.
What has been a seminal experience in your career?
Selling my first piece of art about 5 years ago. I was happy the client was happy. I just felt so good inside. That was a seminal moment in art for me.
What’s your favorite piece from your collection?
My all-time favorite and meaningful piece, is a piece called Protection - it’s a painting of a black woman in which you can see the pain, passion, hurt and strength in her eyes. She’s a strong protector and she’s what my guardian angel would be in my opinion.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
To not give up, grow with your work.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
My dream goal is to sell a painting over 1 million dollars and have a ground shaking impact on the art world and to change the art spectrum as we speak
What message would you like to convey through your art?
"Don’t give up, be strong, and have courage, self-love, and compassion" -are all messages I would like to illustrate through my art.
What obstacles have you faced as an artist?
Getting your work out there and getting people to recognize you as an artist.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
Stay positive, if you’re an artist I know it’s hard being an artist in the 21st century, stay true to yourself and your art, always remember to have individualism. It’s okay be different!!