For those of us who consider ourselves introverted, navigating through life can be somewhat difficult and awkward at times. Enjoying your own company and avoiding large social gatherings isn’t something society as a whole encourages, yet for an introvert, these are the things that make us happy (Saturday nights spent reading a good book in an empty house are divine, I might add).
One artist who is shining a spotlight on the world of introverts is Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, a talented cartoonist and painter who just ‘gets it’ with his INFJ illustrations. We profiled his work a few weeks ago and decided to ask him a few questions about his work, background and what he’s up to next.
You studied at The Julliard School in New York. Can you tell us how you made the transition from music to art?
During ‘postgraduate soul-searching’, I thought back through my entire life and took note of all the things I really enjoyed doing. I realized that I had always been more visually oriented, rather than aurally. Music was more of a skill that I had acquired, like typing. It wasn’t something that was really in my heart. That realization was the impetus for pursuing visual art.
What inspires you to create art?
There are external triggers, which can set me off in a direction, but what really inspires me comes from within. It’s an urge, a bent, a compass. I have always been a ‘maker’ with a need to make things.
Do you have a favorite artist that you look up to?
Georgio Morandi is probably my favorite artist. His work reaches beyond the literal, past objects, and focuses on design and atmosphere. His work touches a very deep part of me.
Do you paint every day? Or at least get creative every day?
When I’m in a ‘season’ of painting, I do paint every day. In other seasons, I write or cartoon or do a combination of the above. No matter what, I always try to stay creatively engaged in some way.
What are you up to next that you’d like to let our readers in on?
I am currently on a cross-country road trip back to the East Coast after a six-month hiatus in California. I’ll be starting a new chapter in my life, looking forward to my next home, studio, and creative wave.