Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Rodante Declarador
by Bree Garcia
RD: My work is the synthesis of graphic design, graffiti, & pop art. Inspiration is drawn from artists such as Andy Warhol & Barry Mcgee, as well as iconic graphic designer Saul Bass. The pursuit of the “perfect” piece has led me on a life long journey that is defined by 3 dots at the end of my signature which means – “to be continued”. The quest to achieve greatness continues after each piece. In my lifetime, I strive to create a collection of works that will leave a legacy for generations to come.
SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?
RD: Once I decide on a piece I first draw the image to be stenciled using my tablet and computer. I then paint an abstract background using spray paint, and I apply the stenciled image last.
SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?
RD: I believe in giving to organizations that you sincerely sympathize with. My Tupac piece was recently accepted into the “KVIE” art auction. I also participated in the “My Sisters House” art fundraiser this year. In the past I’ve also conducted art workshops for the “C.S.D. Teen Center” in Elk Grove and I’ve also worked with at risk youth at School of the Arts in San Francisco. As an artist it can be tough to make ends meet at times, but you don’t have to donate a ton to make an impact. I believe that if all artists gave a little to their cause of choice, it can help impact the global community.
What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?
RD: Create a solid portfolio, constantly network, always carry your business cards and never give up even when you are most discouraged, because your big break could just be around the corner. Branding is also very important, your website, cards, and social networks should all be consistent in appearance and name.
SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?
RD: David Garibaldi because his style brings so much energy and I’m amazed at the speed he creates a painting. Derreck Jackson is another artist I admire, his style is unique and his colors are vivid with a lot of energy. His work can be found at “Derrick J Arts on Facebook. Abigail Van Cannon is a figurative oil pointer who paints 50’s style art that I really like also, her site is vancannonart.com I also appreciate the unknown graffiti and street artists that paint throughout the city.
SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?
RD: Crocker Art Museum is a great place to view historic work in person here in Sacramento, but most of my resources are found online. Computerarts.co.uk is a cool graphic design site I frequent and I also like Artcrimes.org for graffiti art.
SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?
RD: Please continue to support your local Sacramento artists whether they are emerging or established
SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?
RD: My studio is located inside Gallery 21Ten at 2110 K St in Midtown Sacramento and you can view my work at declaredesign.com
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