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The Basel Week Experience

Art with A. Michel Velazquez

When I close my eyes and think about my artistic career, I must do it intensely. I clench my teeth and it takes me back to selling outside on the streets, standing outdoors rain or shine for hours waiting for the art fanatic that would inspire me to continue the path I was on. I also appreciated the occasional art critic. What’s the saying? There are no flowers without rain.

Got to love the cliche of Dreams come true but... From a very young age, I was a dreamer and like many, I always imagined myself on the cusp of success. However, many things and imponderables cross the path of an artist, economically and emotionally, the lack of opportunities and the lack of knowledge that we as an artist are up
against. The life of artist is like that, sometimes you are at the top and sometimes you are at the bottom. Mentality is the key, persisting, making mistakes, and getting back up and believing in that next project. Creating that harsh reality of succeeding. We are all truly starving to make it to that next pedestal in our own world. I feel like this is what sets us all apart from each other.

Last December was a true turning point in my career as an artist. I was able to partake in a
world-renowned Artistic Event, a world of sharks devouring each other, glamor at its finest and facing the feelings and dreams of hundreds of international artists. I learned that not all success translates into sales, experience and recognition are also remuneration. I learned that art never stops being. It was amazing to appreciate the artistic and character diversity, but all with a similar goal. Without a doubt a great experience I will try to motivate all those who will read this article with some personal experiences and some collaborations from other artists who, through struggle, have managed to stand out in our society. Don't forget to visit me at The Source Hotel Market Hall and on social media @velart_denver_co Michel V.

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