“To me, paintings take on a life of their own. When you lose a connection with a painting, it becomes nothing, but a mere mess.” Ryan Donato is a self-taught artist living and working in New York. He successfully served as a fantastic editor for the Art tag here this past year. He is inspired by vibrant colors, the firm desire to capture them, and the subconscious mind. Heavily influenced by Dada, Ryan’s work is also a mix between two lines of abstraction. He emphasizes on the creative process, rhythmic drips, splatters, dribbles that envelop the viewer into a lacy spider web design. Leslie Seuffert interviewed the Artist for Artchipel’s Art Writer’s Wednesday #3.
Leslie Seuffert for Artchipel: Why haven’t you chosen to share your art on Tumblr until just recently?
Ryan Donato: The biggest factor in not sharing my work until now was that I was unhappy with it and therefore felt it didn’t belong on Tumblr. Sometimes, like many artists, I am much too critical which is perhaps a blessing in disguise. My own critique inspires me to strive to do better and to view my work from every angle possible until I am satisfied with it. Recently I decided to post my work just to see how it might influence me.
LS: When did you first pick up a paintbrush and what prompted you to use this creative outlet over another?
R: I first picked up a paintbrush when I was about 17, but didn’t really think about pursuing in painting seriously until last year. I wish I could explain why I picked this over another outlet, but I can’t. It just feels right. It definitely helps me through the worst of times, tremendously so. I think that’s why I continued with it.
LS: I feel a sense of anger, frustration and even chaos sometimes when looking at your paintings. Does any of this ring true?
R: When I am painting, I am not aware of what I’m doing. I don’t try and give the painting an emotion; I let it have its own emotion. So, yes and no, frustration and anger could be what is perceived but it is all up to the viewer.
LS: What is your inspiration of the moment?
R: I find myself mainly inspired by the works of Ernst, Magritte, Pollock, Picasso, Dalí, de Kooning, Gorky, and Rothko.
LS: What has been your biggest challenge or greatest achievement to date as an Artist?
R: Painting is helping me slowly discover who I am and what I want in life. Finding the time to paint and coming up with ideas that inspire me is also very difficult for me at this time.