October is almost gone but we are here with Monthly Interview with our next special guest, legend and very talented artist; Barruf.
Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Cédric Duarri D’Haene; but artistically I am known as Barruf. I was born in Manresa (Barcelona). I am a self-taught artist, who has begun his artistic career at late 2012, rather at early/mid 2013, in the wake of experiencing some surrealistic moments in my life, and who decided to devote himself exclusively to art in late 2014; so I am like a newborn in the art world. I consider myself a person with personal and artistic curiosities practically insatiable and who perceives art as an inner need: to express, communicate, understand myself and create.
What do you dislike about the world of art?
There are some things that displease me about the world of art: I don’t like too many people take advantage from the talent of others for their unjust enrichment, as for example, companies engaged in the sale of art or products with designs from artists, and these artists receive only symbolic or ridiculous payments while the company keep big money. I hate the people who call themselves artists and who only have copied, plagiarized, or directly have stolen artworks or designs. The world of art is sadly full of this kind of people. I hate too, the big companies who tolerates plagiarism, and the theft of designs, and who have huge benefits thanks to this illegal practices. For example: Amazon, Aliexpress, Ebay,etc. These companies earn money for every sale made on their platform by third parties; and they are full of designs and artworks sold illegally for these third parties. Since these companies earns money with this fraudulent activities they don’t implement measures, or if they do, not in an effective way to try to avoid it. So the legit owners of the intellectual rights or trademarks lose potentially lot of money. It is difficult to compete against oneself products, if other ones are selling it illegally much cheaper.
I could name many more things that I dislike from the world of art, but probably the aforementioned are the ones who outraged me more. But anyway, in general terms I am in love with art and its world.
Name something you love, and why?
The animals, the nature; since ever I’ve been attracted for the natural world, flora and fauna, this led me to study the biology career (which I left on my last year). I am a lover of life, and to be in contact with animals fills me, relax me, makes me feel that it all makes sense. The place where I feel more comfortable is in the forest, feeling the breeze between the trees, listening the songs of the birds, observing, with luck, the animals who live in, the smells, the calm; I love to feel part of it.
What are your professional goals?
My main professional goal is to continue improving day by day, and not to stagnate. I don’t know if I have a really clear vision of where I want to be in five or ten years, but I know I would love to be exhibiting habitually in “big“art galleries, and to earn enough with my artworks to focus with body and soul exclusively on creating; inasmuch as, for now I invert most of my time on promoting in social media, managing web pages, adapting my designs to different formats, ratios,etc. I mean: instead of spend all the day trying to get a return on my works or designs, I would rather invest most of the time on creating and be able to delegate these “administrative” tasks to third parties.
How do you battle insecurity?
It is difficult to combat insecurity; what it works pretty well, for me, at the moment, is simply try to ignore it, try not to listen the inner voice that pretends to refrain you from exhibit or show your work. We have to no fear ridicule, whatever you do you won’t like to everybody; so I try to focus on me instead of overthinking on what people would think or say. When you lose part of this fear, insecurity is minimized and can help you improve on your creations.
Thanks a lot for your wisdom and time Cédric / Barruf!
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