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He is Jose Cacho


Jose Cacho is a natural born artistic genius. He has literally lived and breathed art all of his life and he will tell you openly that for himself there is no living without it. I completely adore Jose’s freedom of expression within his artwork, his ability to pick and choose any medium at will, to experiment without inhibition or constraint and to wholly commit himself to his practise.

And to top it off, Jose gives an exceptional interview with such a brilliantly wide open window into what makes Jose Cacho, Jose Cacho. A must read!



First and Foremost





Tell us a little about your background. When were you born? Where did you grow up? Did art play a significant role in your childhood?

I was born and raised in the chaotic and wonderful Mexico City, I have lived in other cities but always returning to my hometown, a place full of culture and art in all its expressions, the city that Andre Breton described as the most surreal place of the world ... and it still is.


From a very young age, around 6 years old, I showed interest in aesthetic expression through drawing, which gradually evolved towards painting and other techniques that I have been learning and developing throughout my life. Art has always been a fundamental part of my life, in fact I never saw it as a profession or a job, but as a necessity to make my life a happier one, and that is how it continues to be.



Did you delve straight into the world of art after high school or did you come to it later in your life? In either case, what exactly inspired you to pursue art as a career?

Practically all my life I have made art, however I have never gone to an art school or taken formal courses, I am totally self-taught and most of my learning as an artist is the result of experimentation, informal talks with other artists, visits to galleries, museums and art fairs and of course some googling.


The evolution of my artistic career has been evolutionary, without realizing it my work began to be sold and many people in many parts of the world have shown interest in it, largely thanks to the promotion on social networks and the work of some galleries and fairs of art in different places My life and art are inextricably linked, not by a rational intention, but by a natural instinct, I simply cannot be happy without making art.





The Nitty-Gritty


Which tools and mediums do you use and or prefer? Do you have a set process for creating your work?

Although I use traditional techniques and materials such as oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastels, inks and many others, what excites me the most is the development of techniques through non-traditional materials, such as industrial resins, cement, oxidizing materials, oxidized metal. , glass, metal, mirror among others. I am passionate about experimentation and the surprise that I find in the results with these experiments motivates me to continue exploring and innovating artistically.


I don't really have a clear technique in relation to the creative process, but I can share some things that I do, for example: I work directly on the work, I don't make sketches, I just let the ideas flow and I apply the materials more or less spontaneously. : every night I read a book when I go to bed, after turning off the light I let go of my imagination thinking about associations of substrates, materials and techniques, many of the new ideas arrive when I wake up. When I travel or am away from my studio I always carry my iPad, which is full of written ideas and even finished works.


In my opinion, the best creative process arises from working, working, and working ... as in all activities, some things turn out very well and others not so well, that's how life is and art is part of it.



What is your art in relation to your heart? Tell us your why. What does it all mean to you?

Art has a permanent relationship with emotions, the feeling of creating and enjoying art is impossible to describe from my point of view, because each person reacts differently to the same stimulus. Waking up every morning with the emotion of starting a new process or maturing one that is on its way is the best sign that you are doing the right thing as an artist, the energy that I feel when I see how each piece progresses and surprise me by the result of use new techniques and materials prompts me to continue experimenting and creating.


What are your thoughts on where your art began, to what it has now become?

When I began to make art in a formal way, my great inspiration were the surrealist artists, such as Dalí, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Rene Magritte and Max Ernst among others, my first works have a great influence from them.


Some years ago I started working on an aesthetic based on women, on the intensive use of mosaics inspired by Klimt, the application of stencils based on the work of Banksy and the deteriorated backgrounds influenced by Rafael Cauduro. The evolution of my art has evolved from curiosity and experimentation, the use of each new material and each idea motivates me to continue transforming my work.


I think one of the reasons I'm always looking for something new is because I easily get bored of always doing the same thing.





Five For Fun


If you could only wear one colour ever again, what what you be? Why?

The color that I would use would be black, it is the one that allows the greatest contrasts to be achieved, it can be used in drawing and painting and the shades of gray that can be achieved are endless; used on different substrates allows for fantastic images.



What is something which you possess that you would never sell or give away, ever? Why?

I only have one work that is mine and nobody else's, the one that I wouldn't give to anyone, although I love sharing it with everyone, it is installed at the entrance of my house. The work is made in collage and mixed technique on wooden panel, it is called "The Blue Unicorn" and I did it when my mother died, it is inspired by the song of the same name that was her favorite and the background is composed of images blurry and faded of my mom and my family, the unicorn is painted with acrylics.



In a garden of all of the flowers, which one would you choose? Why?

The flower that I would choose is the sunflower, in addition to its physical beauty I love to think that it always knows where it wants to see, always looking for the light, always turning towards the sun.



If you were a paint brush, how would you describe yourself?

I like the idea of being a used brush, which has gone through all possible experiences but always has something new to contribute; With each use the bristles wear out differently and as a consequence the next stroke is different from the previous one, it is the result of the innovation generated by the accumulation of time.



What is one talent you have outside of being an artist?

In addition to my life as an artist, I have lived incredible experiences: I studied veterinary medicine, business administration, marketing and business development, I have managed companies, I have participated in a foundation for the benefit of children with disabilities, in organizations focused on the development of agriculture and healthy eating, I love running, I have done some marathons and I spend an hour a day exercising. The diversity of activities is what enriches me the most as a person





Before You Go...


Anything you would like to add? What is up next for you that we should look out for?

The most important thing in my life is my family, the influence it has had on my life is the best thing that has happened to me, its support and guidance is the foundation of my happiness. What I am looking for in the future is to simply keep doing new and different things, I love evolution.



Where can we find you?


What is one pro-tip lesson you have learned from your past as an artist?

If I could make any recommendation it would be the following: do not wait for inspiration to come to you, work hard and with discipline daily, as Picasso once said "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working"



What is your one top-tip on how to champion the women in your life?

We have to work to understand that women are the center of society, they are strength, courage, empathy, guidance, intelligence and possess the transforming capacity of society that we have to recognize, appreciate and enjoy, the challenge is that we all believe it and act accordingly.







She is Art.

Be Bold. Be Sexy. Be Fierce.

Tanya x Marie

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