馃實 NAVA STUDIO VISIT 馃實

Who? Robert Nava
Where? NYC
What? Purposely raw figuration of mythical creatures framed by lots of negative space
Somebody in music once told me that whenever an artist becomes a star that you will have at least 20 people who will say that they are the person that discovered that artist. In the art world it is probably the same, so I wont say at all that I discovered Robert Nava but I can say that I found out about his work early in his career, it was in 2017 and he was still a part time truck driver at that time. 3.5 years later he evolved into a star and I am happy that I have seen his career evolve from close and it teached me a lot about how the art world works.
The first time I saw his work it was on instagram it was this painting. And i believe it was this post: https://avantarte.co/3JaNF6R I dm鈥檈d Robert on instagram asking if he had work available for a low price below the 1500 because I did not had any more money to spend on art. And he sent me an email with available works back all smallers works on canvas and works on paper. I did not bought anything from it because in my opinion it was not his best work and it thought his style worked really well on a bigger scale and not that much on a small scale. But a few weeks later (september 2017) I went to NYC and I scheduled a studio visit. His studio was in a big building in Brooklyn walking up the stairs full of graffiti. Coming in his studio I realized it was also his house, his cat Jumanji was there and also his bed where he was sleeping was part of his studio. Everyone who met Robert will say the same thing, he is like his art, he lives in his own world which makes him super authentic.
When I asked Robert about his truck paintings he told me that he was driving truck to pay the rent and that while driving the truck he got inspired by the abstract aesthetics of the back of the trucks themselveS. He told me that he kinda liked all the hate he got on avant arte for his art, and that actually one person bought a work from him after that post. As a gift for that post he gave me a work on paper. For an artist without a gallery a that time instagram was really important for him, that was the main way how he sold work from out his studio, he really saw that instagram started to help him out in his career and maybe that he could become a full time artist.
After the studio visit I told everyone that I met about Robert, and besides 2 people everyone disliked it, collectors, art world people, non art world people. What was interesting about his work was that people either loved it with a passion or really disliked it. Now he is a hot topic in the art scene. Not him as a person but his work was very polarizing, in a way that I have not seen before with other artists. He has become such a big star since I first met him and I am incredibly proud of him. He still is the same guy in his own world. And more people are finally starting to understand what this own world means for him.

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Collective Profile - @pai

@pai

Thank you Christian for sharing your story about Robert. He is indeed a very hot topic in the art scene right now but also very inspiring. Glad that you were able to visit his studio back in 2017 so early into his career. Has his space changed since? I know he still lives with his cat Jumanji.
9 months ago
Collective Profile - @salival

@salival

Amazing writeup, thank you
9 months ago
Collective Profile - @affe

@affe

Still regretting to not being there when AA did the first WOP release and not being able to get one on the second.. one of my favs, thanks for the insight and pics! 馃檹馃徎馃殌
9 months ago
Collective Profile - @aamanon

@aamanon

Great read, thanks for sharing!
9 months ago
Collective Profile - @aadenis

@aadenis

Funny how perceptions of an artist can change so much, early supporters are so important in an artist's carreer.
9 months ago
Collective Profile - @roline

@roline

馃挴
9 months ago