This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is an artist Reinaldo Sanguino. Reinaldo makes expressive, exuberantly colorful objects and furniture, mostly made of ceramics – like his popular stools, vases and other works. For this week’s milkshake he comes to us from his studio in Long Island City, where he pulled our questions for him from a custom-made, super-shiny tray in gold, rust brown and deep blue.
Sanguino came to the USA 27 years ago after graduating from the Cristobal Rojas School of Visual Arts in Caracas – he brought along “a lot of hopes and dreams” and only $ 1,000 in his pocket. ” In New York he encountered a spirit that he did not know at home in Venezuela, which opened him up to a new style of object manufacture. “Before I came to New York City, I had just graduated from high school and my work was still very conceptual about creating work,” he says. “When I got to New York City, I came to a place where there was incredible energy and an incredible diversity of people – a place that fascinated me. As a result, I started using all of these elements in my work, and my work became much looser and freer. “
Also in this milkshake: Reinaldo talks to us about what he’s communicating through his work that he can’t say out loud, the most important lesson he learned in art school and how his CrossFit training made him a better ceramic artist: “Being good at CrossFit made me a better ceramist because it helped me learn to mentally challenge myself in difficult situations,” he says. “And also that one of the most important things about getting a job done is learning how to move yourself.” Check out his brilliant, colorful work.
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or receptacle. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal household goods collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.