Arturo Samaniegotook a 15-year detour before becoming a full time artist. Today, he wonders why it took him so long to decide to follow his heart and embrace the life of a fine artist.
"From my first art classes at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico when I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be an artist," Samaniego says. But after obtaining degrees in Art and business from the University of Texas, he put his artistic aspirations on hold to pursue opportunities in the computer hardware business.
“My heart was never in the business world,” he now admits. “I was always frustrated that my artwork came second. I felt I could produce much better work if I could devote my full energy to it."
Even though he was painting and even exhibiting all along, at age 40 he left the computer industry and dedicated himself to pursuing a fine-art career.
Samaniego describes his style as a blend of realism, minimalist cool and contemporary edge. "In my work," Samaniego notes, "I combine the beauty of the human form with the emotion-evoking quality of gesture. The figure is executed in the classical style, symbolizing the objective. Around these figures, the environment is abstract and nebulous, representing the emotional and internal."
Whether working in abstract or figurative genre, Samaniego's work has consistently garnered attention and accolades. His most recent award came from International Artist Magazine (may 2013). Other awards include publication in Juxtapoze Magazine, and The Von Liebig Art Center. Juror Diane Camber, who serves as Director Emerita of Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, selected his portraitDown Looking Upas the Physicians Regional Healthcare System Best in Show at the 49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition.