I am Toni and I am an artist
How would you define the separation of talent from skill?
Talent for me is something like a creative energy. If I let it come out by itself, I create art. If not, it would be no art. Skill are things people can learn and approve more and more. I think, bringing talent and skill together is a great thing.
Has your talent ever failed you?
Nope. My talent is not mine. It is ‘it’. If I don’t go with ‘it’, it would fail. With ‘I’ I mean my ‘ego’. As Buddhist I see the ‘ego’ as a concept. If one doesn’t go with that concept and sees the bigger, infinite space, one can be liberated. So, mine is a concept I don’t follow. I follow the path of liberation and try to understand on a very deep level through meditation. My artwork is meditation in a one-pointed way. It’s my way towards liberation, from disturbing emotions, through clinging on an ego. The space itself never fails. Space is a container of possibilities, energy and light.
What was the last thing you saw that you deemed as “powerful”?
Some artworks I have seen since I am on Instagram. I am there since May 2016. Powerful had been the blackness in which I found myself 2014 when I had a serious depression.
Name one person that you borrow inspiration from?
Piet Mondrian, because of his work with the primary colors and the way he abstracted nature. I try in one of my many ways, to put his work in a contemporary context, with the abilities and tools our time now offers to express oneself in that direction. For instance, I use photographs of damaged streets or structures or formations or ‘bad’ photographs and try to give them another visual expression. Some can be seen as a ‘recycling’ process.
The best things in life are being happy with what one has and living ones talent.
When you have free time, what do you work towards?
My whole time is free time. Since December 2015 I am in pension with a minimum wage, after a burnout with a depression following. I use my time with artwork, means everything I do is filled with creativity. If I have some time left, I do photography while bicycling or walking. I also help a friend in a wheelchair (MS) but generally try to help others with my broad range of abilities. I studied natural medicine and energetic healing (QiGong, TCM) so I keep my social contacts and often some patients show up with pain or other illnesses and I try to give them some time, too. Last year I decided the only one to choose out of the many irons I have glowing in the fire, is Art. Nearly 20 years I didn’t cultivate my creative being … now I am a witness of an erupting creative volcano. So I only have to go with that flow.
Best advice you were given?
‘Don't obsess over details!’ … a sentence my teacher in Art, Prof. Herbert Stejskal, often said to me. Even after more than 45 yrs. it’s always in my mind, especially when painting. When doing photography or digital painting I can work with details from the very beginning of the work.
Sophistication is refinement and letting go.
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