The more I do these interviews, the more I realize that there’s no single way to do something. You can be distracted or focused. It can take you seconds or years. You can wake up early or you can stay up all night. How you do your work is different from everyone else, but one thing is certain, good work comes out when you know yourself and work with who you are.
Lean Reboja is a full time artist who delves into creating sporadic and colorful characters, usually having a relative appearance with beasts and animals. These are then set against each other creating a juxtaposition of them all together in one composition.
In my conversation with Lean, his way of working is so different from what I am accustomed to. He works all night, usually with a movie in the background, but still manages to create wonderful work. He’s not rushing anything. He’s created a ton of work, and still finds ways to do the tasks not related to creating art – like joining exhibits, pop-ups, art shows, gallery shows, etc.
In this podcast, we talked about the importance of creating consistently, the impact a community has on art, finding honesty in your work, and dealing with negative feedback.
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Where can you find Lean?
This episode is brought to you by Qube Gallery, a progressive art space in Cebu, Philippines providing network and exhibit opportunities for contemporary artists with whom they work closely with and promote beyond the local reach. For more than five years, the gallery has mounted shows of engaging artworks and has also represented the Visayas region in various international fairs.
Aside from its physical space in Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City, you can check out their online collection on www.artsy.net/qube-gallery.
This month at Qube Gallery: Myriad by Lean Reboja. He explores the complexities of the human psyche with his 4th solo exhibition, Myriad, opening on September 26, 6:00 PM, at Qube Gallery.
While Lean paints a fictitious world inhabited by beasts and bizarre characters, they are autobiographic and metaphorical accounts of his introspections. Pop surrealism, the core of Lean’s technique, becomes the perfect conduit for Myriad’s intention: to explore the in-betweens of the spectrum – the multiplicities and diverse possibilities engraved within us, choices and contingencies, and inner conflicts and dilemmas, that inevitably shape who we are.
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Music is Piano March by Audionautix