The artist of the month for July is none other than our very own Vince Dibiaso – the Essential Productions Art Director.
Combining everything from painting and metal sculpture work to installation building and more, Vince Dibiaso’s artistic abilities and talents are limitless. In just a few short years, Vince has become a well-known and respected name in the local and regional art community.
Check out the time lapse below to see his artistic talents in action, then read below for a Q&A with Vince to learn more about him and his art!
Video shot and produced by Alex Thocker.
Q&A with Vince Dibiaso
Where do you think your love of art/your artistic ability came from?
Well I’m the only artist in my family. But my mother definitely encouraged my interest in art very early on. She often took me to the library to get books about drawing and introduced me to two of my favorite artists, Esher and Dahli. That definitely influenced my art and helped mold me into who I am today as an artist.
How long have you been painting/creating art?
I’ve been creating art in some way or another ever since I can remember, so probably around 4 or 5.
What inspires you to create?
Everything inspires me to create in some way, but mostly other artists and our culture. People hold on to their passions and interests from childhood, which is why I try to make art that strikes a nostalgic soft spot. Outside of that I kind of just try to cater to what’s going on around me.
How would you describe your art style?
I have no idea. I don’t really have a style. I try to do different stuff all the time and as a result, most of my art looks like different people made it. I actually kind of fear settling into a “style” to be honest. I want to continually change and grow as an artist.
Could you briefly describe your creative process?
I don’t have much of a process, I just get a vague idea and try to make it not look horrible.
How has your art evolved?
I am always evolving and learning, it’s just part of being an artist in my opinion.
Outside of painting, do you create using any other art forms?
Yes, I am a pencil and pen artist at my core. We didn’t have much money when I was growing up, so that’s all I really had to work with. I also did tattoos and I have been a welder/fabricator for a large portion of my life, which led to me making metal sculptures the past few years.
What’s your biggest challenge as an artist?
I have been lucky enough to have a very supportive wife, and was able to pursue being an artist full time this year. As an artist, trying to make a living off of my talent and being motivated when I’m not “feeling it” is definitely my biggest issue.
Best compliment you’ve ever received about your art?
That’s hard to pin down to be honest. But I do love praise from my wife because she sees all the art I do and she’s very honest, so if she is impressed it feels like it’s really something special. And I love praise from my friends, many of whom are really amazing artists.
What has been your most defining moment as an artist?
Being able to be a full time artist and pursue a dream that I never thought I would be able to do. It’s definitely a struggle at times…so support local artists!
What do you have planned for this summer?
I have a pretty packed summer building art installations and painting at several different festivals including Resonance, Werk Out and Hyperion among others, along with local Essential Productions shows.
What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to figure out how to make enough money with my art that my wife and I can support our family solely through our business, Dibiaso Designs. I’d love to be able to travel the world, creating and selling art wherever we go.
Where can people go to see/buy your art?
Visit the Dibiaso Designs Etsy page.
Now for some fun stuff…
Pepperoni and jalapeños (Spicy Pie)
Favorite word? Least favorite?
I really like words in general. My favorite word to say is “Wichita”. And I’d say my least favorite would have to be “can’t” – because it’s such a defeatist word.
Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Favorite smell? Least favorite?
My favorite smell is fresh cut wood, because it reminds me of camping. And as for my least favorite, I’d say poop.
Favorite four-legged creature and why?
I like panda bears…koala bears are a close second.