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Interview with Ashish Soni – Artist in India

Ashish SoniAshish Soni is a self taught pencil sketch artist from India. He strives to make his sketches realistic, life like and natural. You can connect with Ashish on Facebook to learn more about him and to purchase his art.

View Ashish’s art portfolio. You can also view his art after the interview below.



ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey as an artist.

I live in a small town Durg near Raipur, capital of Chattisgarh. I have always been good at learning new things and I take it as a challenge to become good in any field. After learning guitar, I was looking for something different yet artistic which would allow me to capture my views in a different manner than music. I used to draw cartoons (Ducktales, Spiderman, Batman, Mogli, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck etc) when I was a kid and also did a lot of ‘Rangoli’ during Diwali time. My craziest work was the Scenes of Jurassic Park (When Dinosour breaks the Fencing) sketching out on paper when I saw the Movie. When I saw pencil sketches online two-three years ago, I got inspired to try my hands at it. I started by downloading a few e-books on sketching and learning from them, I got an idea but not that much help. Soon I realized I had a good eye for lighting, angle, shades, detailing etc. that helped me capture real essence in pictures. Now a days I strive to make my sketches as close to reality as possible. All my sketches have a life and they are realistic.

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Interview with Julie Mancia – Artist from Southern California, USA

Julie ManciaJulie Mancia is an artist based in Southern California. Her artwork is inspired by her favorite movies and her emotions at a particular moment in time. You can connect with Julie on Facebook to learn more about her and to purchase her art.

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ExtraImaginary: Julie, could you please give us a little background about yourself and your art?

Julie Mancia: I’m Julie Mancia. I’m 28 years old. I was born and raised in Southern California. I went to Occidental college and have a BA in Psychology. In addition, I received a minor in Studio art. My focus initially was on print making. After I graduated from Occidental, I got a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. With a full time job and full time school, I found it difficult to incorporate art into my life. It was about two years ago with the encouragement and support of my boyfriend that I began to pick up art once again…. This time I decided to explore the world of painting. I just love it! I paint with oil on canvas and every painting is done in one sitting. A unique thing about my painting style is that I paint while watching my favorite movies playing in the background. I am a huge Disney fan, which you may have noticed inspired most of my current artwork. I’ve done a series of about 15 canvases and it has been a wonderful experience. I’ve just had my first showing about a month ago. I am stepping out there and putting my art out for others to enjoy and see.

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Interview with Julia Rauda – Artist from Los Angeles, CA, USA

Julia Rauda - Artist in Los AngelesJulia Rauda is an artist living in Los Angeles. She describes her artwork as a way of sharing stories, emotions, thoughts, feelings, and memories. You can connect with Julia on Facebook as well as through her website to find out more about her and to purchase her art.

You can view Julia’s Art Portfolio or see her work after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey as an artist.

Julia Rauda: I am a 28 year old woman living in the city of Los Angeles. My parents made me in El Salvador and I was born in LA. I come from a big family filled of love and opinions. I grew up around all kinds of energy and noise making it hard to hear myself. It took me some time to realize how much I love to paint. As a young girl I was easily intimidated and lazy, now I am ready to fall more in love with the experience of painting.

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Exclusive Interview with International Artist Vida Khadem

Artist Vida KhademVida Khadem is a painter, writer and film maker. Her work has been exhibited internationally. She was born in Afghanistan. Her family left the country and moved to the United States when Vida was very young. She has a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Film from George Mason University and an advanced script writing degree from New York University.

You can learn more about Vida as well as purchase her art through her website – Art by Vida.

View Vida’s art portfolio, or you can view it after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: Give us a background of yourself and your art.

Vida: Painting has been one of my passions since childhood. All I can say about myself as a painter is that I paint from a place of feeling. My paintings express things that are being drawn from my sub conscious, which creates images that sometimes I can not explain in the present. Other times have I painted images that were foreshadowing of something that will happen in future. I paint because I have to. Painting has been the way in which I could express most of my unspoken feelings since childhood. I could paint before I could speak. The canvas has been my escape, my freedom, my way of self therapy. It is a place where I feel complete freedom! So I am truly humbled for the encouragement of my friends and fans who have shown so much appreciation for my work.

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Interview with John Hansen – Artist in the USA

John HansenJohn Hansen is an artist from the United States of America. He is a self taught digital artist. His art is mostly abstract, although he also does landscapes. You can connect with John on Facebook, or you can visit his website to learn more about him and to purchase his art.

View John’s art portfolio. You can also view his art after the interview below.


ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

John: I have always had the ability to do better than average art, never was commended for my efforts though. I took a couple of art classes, but I never could please the instructor. I was always trying to find my own comfort zone, rather than please the teacher. I got married and did not try any art for 35 years. I got a windows 98 computer with 815 megabyte hard drive in 2004, the hard drive was too tiny for any kind of large programs, but I did start using windows paint. That got my creative juices flowing. I then got a HP Presario with 30 gigabytes, downloaded Twisted Brush, ArtRage, and Dogwaffle I started using them, without looking for instructions, just experimenting with all the tools, filters, alphas, and whatever else there is there and started getting ah ha’s. 5,000 digital art pieces (FILES), amounting to 6 years later, I am totally in love with art. I do art because I am compelled to do so. Not because people give me accolades or money … I do art because my cells, all of them … tell me … DO ART! My art is basically abstract, I can do very good landscapes, still life, and so forth but I have a strong tendency towards abstract art. I have learned through the use of all programs and file system use, to create interesting compositions.

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Interview with Maria Varga-Hansen, Artist from Hungary


Maria Varga-HansenMaria Varga-Hansen aka Vargamari, is an artist from Hungary, who has lived in Hungary, Austria, Greece, and the USA. She rediscovered her passion for painting much later in life and her favourite medium for art is encaustic. Currently based in Racine, WI in the USA, she currently teaches art to children.

You can connect with Vargamari on facebook and visit her website for more information and to purchase her art.

View Vargamari’s art portfolio. You can also view her paintings at the end of the interview.


ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

Vargamari: My name is Maria Varga-Hansen, a.k.a. Vargamari, was born in Budapest, Hungary.

I believe I was born as an artist … I was always drawing and painting in my childhood (I had some problem with it in the school, doing it also at math-lessons…), then I stopped at 13 because I prepared myself to become an actress. I studied as an actress and had practiced it more than 8 years, but was not happy … long story … I left my profession and started to weave self-designed textiles, at that time already played with colors again … had an own textile-shop for hand-weaving in Budapest, with some employments, I was very successful with it, but it was not “my way”.

I always missed something…

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Interview with Rupesh Patric – Artist from India


Rupesh Patric is a self taught artist and a technology consultant for Microsoft from Bangalore, India. He works mainly with charcoal and one of his many accomplishments include presenting Bill Gates with a charcoal portrait that he had made of him.


You can connect with Rupesh on facebook or you can also visit his blog to find out more about him and to purchase his art.


View Rupesh Patric’s art portfolio. You can also view his artwork after the interview below.


ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

Rupesh Patric: Where do I begin? Let’s see. I was born in this beautiful city called Cochin in South India. I knew from a very early age that art was going to be a strong influence in my life. I wanted to study Fine Arts but had to give in to my parent’s wish and joined an engineering college. I did keep the art alive even during those 4 years of engineering, contributing immensely to the college magazines and also the Arts Committee. Was campus recruited in the final year and that landed me on my first job as a Software Engineer. 8 years later, here I am, a Technology Consultant in Microsoft. Lately my art has started to define who I am – I never thought I would be able to dedicate so much time for art, being in the Software Industry. Generally happy, looking for the good things in life, I try to enjoy every moment of it.

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Interview with Reginald Laurent – Artist in the USA


Reginald Laurent - Artist in the USAReginald Laurent is a self-taught artist based in Atlanta, GA, USA. His unique, signature style, award winning abstracts are large, eye-catching, colourful, and highly detailed works which reveal something different every time you look at them. He calls it his “artistic DNA”. He has journeyed through his art career fighting against developing a signature style, only to realise this gift and find his focus after winning a prize in a juried exhibition. His art speaks a universal language, radiates happiness, and appeals to people of all races, ages and ethnicities.


You can connect with Reggie on facebook or you can see his profile on yessy to find out more about him and to purchase his art.


View Reginald Laurent’s portfolio. You can also view his artwork after the interview below.


ExtraImaginary: We have Reginald Laurent here with us today. Reggie, please give us a little background about yourself and your art.

Reginald Laurent: I’m what you call a late blooming artist. I didn’t actually start painting until I was about 25 years old and I moved to Georgia from Chicago. And what caught me first about Georgia, was a beautiful beautiful fall. The colours on the trees and things like that. So when I first decided I wanted to paint, my first attempts were landscapes. And I did landscapes for probably the first two years or so and with some success. I mean, I was just doing it as a hobby and I enjoyed it. After about 2 years I found my abstract side and I started doing abstracts. And I haven’t looked back since. So for me, painting started out as something of a hobby and more or less blossomed into a career I hadn’t anticipated which makes me enjoy it even more.

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Interview with Evi Apostolou – Artist from Patras, Greece


Evi ApostolouEvi Apostolou is an artist from Greece. Her recent art is about the consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality. Evi has studied both theology and art and is currently a theology teacher.

You can connect with Evi on Facebook or you can visit her website to find out more about her and to purchase her art.


View Evi Apostolou’s art portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.

Extraimaginary: We have Evi Apostolou here with us today. Evi, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your art.

Evi Apostolou: Well, I have studied theology in the University of Athens. This is about religions. Then I studied art in Athens School of Fine Arts. My interest in art came very early when I was a child. I have been always painting all my life and I love every kind of art and especially visual art.

My recent artwork ‘Boundaries at the age of surreal’ (2009) was made for my university diploma. It is about the radical consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality.

14-xenotransplantation-digital-110x140cmAll artworks are based on real facts, such as transplantation from animals, like pigs, to humans, the misuse of animals in order to find therapies for human diseases or for the science to go further, the very fast growing field of nanotechnology, the bionic brain (a brain with an artificial hippocampus) and the total artificial heart, which is going to be used by humans in the future.

At the same time all artworks are an open door to the imagination, real and surreal can be easily confused. I found very interesting to combine art with all this scientific knowledge I had after my two years research about these issues. I also believe that art can be a very strong communication tool, and I wanted to share everything I already knew with people. Something very important I have to say now about the unit ‘Boundaries’ is that I have tried a lot to represent everything in such a way so I would not cause very strong emotional reactions, because the purpose of this work is to represent the reality as it is, not to confuse, but to stimulate people for a clear thinking.

Apart from this unit, my artwork at the moment is painting, digital art and a combination of computer produced images, photographs with painting. I am mostly inspired from biology, exploring the interaction and coexistence of spirit and matter, as well as of the natural and the artificial world. I find very interesting to combine biological, organic with technological, inorganic elements. I also want to express a particular state of mind and soul. Human body, both internal and external, and every living matter could be transformed into images of a flowing energy, and, even though a still life could be seen as something breathing and alive. Everything in my art is living, can be connected, everything is like an organism, or a part of a bigger organism.

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Interview with Alicia Besada – Artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alicia Besada-Artist from ArgentinaAlicia Besada is a 44 year old artist living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She attended art schools at New York, Singapore and Buenos Aires. She has been a painter and sculptor for 25 years. Her main interest is the human figure with the focus on expression.

You can connect with Alicia on Facebook or you can visit her blog to find out more about her and to purchase her artwork.


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ExtraImaginary: We have Alicia Besada with us today. Alicia, please tell us a little about yourself and your art.

Alicia Besada: I think I realized I wanted to paint when I was 14 and I won an art contest in my school district. Even though I graduated as a Systems Analyst and worked with computers for about 20 years, after high school I started going to learn drawing and painting. When I moved to New York I entered the Art Students League. Afterwards I lived in Singapore where I attended the Fine Arts School in the University there. Back in Buenos Aires I completed my art theory education at the university and kept going to different art studios, to learn sketching, drawing and painting human figure live with models. Human figure is my main interest. I focus on expression, on emotion, on telling a story about whoever I’m painting and there is always some identification and connection with the subject I choose to portray or paint. I usually paint nude bodies or portraits because I am attracted to skin, that border between a person and everything around. Part of what is inside transpires through the skin, a battleground between what you want to keep for yourself and what comes to the surface anyway. Restraint and pleasure. The body and its language. What could be more interesting!

alicia-besada-couple-in-love-oil-on-canvas-100cmx120cm-2009I am currently working on a project called “A couple in love: getting together and growing apart”. This is how it started. I called two models who are actually a couple, and asked my husband, who is a photographer, to help me take pictures of them. I already had a clear idea of the poses and situations I was interested in, and that was the starting point. Then I asked them to start moving and acting these scenes meanwhile my husband kept taking pictures. The photo session was three hours long, we got more than 600 photos. Then came sketching, painting and finally selecting what to show. It took me over a year to finish this work. Love, not an easy subject. I tried to convey some feelings, emotions and sensations that associated with love such as desire, tenderness, posession, joy, passion but also jelousy, pain, fear, anguish…

I am in the process of finding an art gallery to exhibit this work, I have not posted these latest paintings on Facebook or my blog for the moment.

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