Monday, February 11, 2013

Bobby Marines - Mixed Media

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Bobby Marines

Name: Bobby Marines
City/State: Rochester, MN
Website: profile:
Facebook page:!/bobby.marinez

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Bio~   Bobby Marines is a Rochester-based artist who has hosted his own art shows in town and is working to create many more for the future. He has also participated in various community projects such as the Color Downtown Project, the Total Arts Day Camp and live painting at Thursdays on First and Third St. - all in Rochester.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I actually started by jumping into cardboard dumpsters for "canvases" and using old house paints. It was horrible stuff that no one wanted to show. I've since improved on my skills. My works now vary from acrylics on canvas that use vibrant colors in order to convey energy and aesthetics to works with deeper narratives and a more cohesive stream. The latter is what I'm really spending more of my time at the moment. I really wanna produce work that doesn't only worry about aesthetic value but emphasizes more on ambiguity coupled with serious subject matter.


How did you decide to become an artist?
Well I drew a lot as a kid. I remember my mother buying me my first how-to-draw book from Hobby Lobby. I was hooked. However, my left went through a lot of crazy turns and my art took about a ten year hiatus. Only to emerge after suffering through the worst time of my life. I burned every bridge I knew. One day I looked around to find what was left and  all I could find was my love for creating. It was still there with full force. I made myself a promise to pursuit art with the utmost passion and never look back.


What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Practice gratitude, compassion and work your ass off at what you love.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself? 
I use the tricks of all the rest of the passionate entrepreneurs out there; exposure, networking and hard, hard work. I spent all last year trying to establish my name locally. I worked really hard around the clock. Now I've built a level of clout that allows me to ask for decent payments for my work. And since I'm diverse in what I do, I manage to stay in business. I do murals, commissions and sell stuff off of my Facebook page!/bobby.marinez.
I Guess This Means I'm Up

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 
Jason and Jesse Pearson
Simon Huelsbeck
And pretty much all the other artists I'm discovering in the emerging art scene in Rochester.

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see? 
The first that come to mind of course are the Rochester Art Center, the MIA and the Walker I've never been to SooVac but have heard good things. Besides the obvious, I'd also go on a hunt for street art in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Rochester doesn't have quite enough yet. I attended an ArtCrawl in St. Paul once and have wanted to see more ever since. Speaking of the ArtCrawl, that's another thing we'd attend to view some cool work and hear great music. In Rochester I would show you the five electrical boxes I painted outside the Civic Center, the mural I painted on the Rosie Belle building and the Total Arts Day Camp installation downtown 

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 


Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
Definitely. The second "One Night of Art" Show I'm organizing! Saturday, Feb.16th:!/events/313211395457928/
1704 7th St. NW, Rochester, MN
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I'm in the middle of starting the first official artist co-op in Rochester as well as continuing to hold the "One-night of Art" shows I started last year. I really want to create an environment where artists of all types can thrive. As for my work, I'm organizing various series' which I will begin to submit to galleries across the country.

Bobby Marines

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