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Interview with a Native American Artist Guadulesa Rivera


The following is Part 2 of an Exclusive Interview with Guadulesa Rivera by Bruce Edwin

Hollywood Sentinel: Does one need to know color theory and perspective in order to be a great artist? Why or why not?

Guadulesa Rivera: In order to be a great artist, one has to approach the craft with every serious intention of presenting the best work possible. Studying the technical aspects of one's craft is essential to developing a fluid language for the expression of ideas and feelings.

The Value of Art

Hollywood Sentinel: What gives art its value?


Guadulesa Rivera: Essentially the value of art represents the time and materials that go into creating and developing a work of quality, as well as the artist's experience and reputation. In other words, the public's perception of the artist may increase the market value of the work.

Hollywood Sentinel: Why do so many artists have such great trouble with coping with the difficulties in life they may face, and how can they overcome this?

Living A Balanced Life

Guadulesa Rivera: In order to produce art that truly comes from the soul, the artist must be willing to delve into the inner self and open that up to the public. This does not happen easily, nor frivolously. The intensity that leads to great works of art inspires us all, but it can leave the creative artist drained. When life's normal challenges and struggles add to the emotional drain, it can be overwhelming. I suggest a balanced life including fresh air, time with friends and family, and other diversions. I know some artists feel that their angst is what helps them to achieve their stronger pieces, but a balanced individual usually produces a more balanced body of art. Our work usually reflects the state of being.

Hollywood Sentinel: Can art ever be 'wrong?' Why or why not?

Guadulesa Rivera: Fine art is an expression of self. I would consider personal art, not commercial art, wrong only if it did not truly reflect the artist. Many artists experiment with different mediums and styles, as they expand their artistic language. So I am not saying that is wrong. What I mean is that a work of art should touch the soul, from the artist to the viewer. That relationship is very subjective, so the artist must be in control.

Hollywood Sentinel: What do you consider the most important art movement, and why?

Guadulesa Rivera: For me, I greatly admire the early 20th century, when artists dared to bring a new approach to the work. That opened up new avenues and a greater appreciation of some of the older ethnic cultures that contributed to the expression of human life.

Hollywood Sentinel: What responsibility does the artist have to society?

Guadulesa Rivera: As any human on the planet, the artist has a responsibility to grow and mature as a person and member of the society. The artist is in a special position, however, because we are expected to reflect various aspects of the society with insightful commentary.

The Responsibility of Society to Artists

Hollywood Sentinel: What responsibility does society have to the artist?

Guadulesa Rivera: Society should value creativity in all its forms. The creative mind of the artist encourages others to search for creative answers to their own lives and to value ideas and imagination. Society needs to value the cultural mirror that the artist presents. There are many artists among us.

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Bruce Edwin is editor of The Hollywood Sentinel and President of Starpower Management, the celebrity model and talent firm. Contact Bruce at Read more stories by Bruce Edwin.

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