(Donation stands set up to assist the beleaguered auto industry during the holiday season. Sadly, someone attempted to steal the donations from this stand assuming there was anything to steal. - Vinchen)
Hometown: Columbus OH USA
Where do you now live?: Columbus OH USA
Where would you most like to live?: I believe a larger European city would agree with me.
Who was your first “hero” in life?: Theodor Geisel, more popularly known as Dr Seuss. I can think of no one more imaginative and creative who could succinctly distill life’s complexities into entertaining and serious social criticism. I think he moved me before I knew words to describe the feeling.
What is your favorite thing to do on your day off from work?: Visit with friends. Daydream of things I would like to exist and then try to make them exist. Wander around empty moonlit streets adding my part to reality’s collage.
What is your favorite color?: Orange
Who (or what) do you love?: Having lunch and drinks outside on warm autumn days.
Wooster: Who and/or what are some of your influences?
Khalil Gibran, Milan Kundera, Albert Camus, Raymond Carver, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufmann, Gang of Four, Wire, Banksy, Samuel Smith, Fred Rogers, Dostoevsky, and many more.
Wooster: What other artists do you most admire?
Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Francis Bacon, Caravaggio, James Rosenquist, Conor Harrington, Blu, Jenny Holzer, Max Beckman, Jeff Koons, Basquiat, Kehinde Wiley, Richard Prince, Peter Saville
Wooster: How would you describe your art to someone who could not see it?
That perhaps it is comparable to life; it exists for only a brief moment, for a few people, and then it is gone. I hope finding it is like receiving a letter in the mail. Or maybe it’s more like a six year old throwing a tantrum.
Wooster: What other talent would most like to have?
To be a writer. Novels, stories.
Wooster: What do you fear the most?
Indifference. One person’s indifference is another’s executioner.
Wooster: What is your greatest ambition?
To minimize wants, to be honest and happy.
You can learn more about Vinchen’s art here.