Fanshawe graduate, artist presents first solo art exhibition

A photo of Ian Indiano posing in front of his exhibition CREDIT: MAURICIO PRADO
From Sept. 9 to Oct. 7, Fanshawe graduate and artist Ian Indiano is presenting his first solo art exhibition at Good Sport.

From Sept. 9 to Oct. 7, Fanshawe graduate, and former Interrobang illustrator Ian Indiano is presenting his first solo art exhibition at Good Sport Studio. The exhibition is open to the public on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ONE, includes a collection of drawings and paintings that “playfully explore themes such as belonging, roots, and growth.” Indiano’s artistic process for this exhibition was based on a method of free association, discovering concepts, gestures, images, and ideas, starting from the word “one.”

Born in Franca, São Paulo, Brazil, Indiano has worked in various creative fields, including design studios, galleries, and cultural initiatives.

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“I have always been passionate about drawings and art ever since I was a little kid,” Indiano said. “It was an adventure when I decided to pursue my career in another country, but I knew I was capable.”

Indiano said he feels rewarded with this opportunity, but it also leads him to seek out more rewarding experiences in his art.

“It is gratifying in a very particular way that probably only the artists would understand,” Indiano said. “Nothing makes me happier than putting stuff on the walls and watching people look and appreciate.”

He said that drawing has always been the best and easiest way for him to communicate. He added that his friends were consistently impressed by his drawings when he was in high school.

“Many friends started noticing my talent, so I just started drawing more frequently. Then I slowly started getting better and more confident about my drawings,” Indiano said. “People praising what you do and inspiring you is very influential when you start developing your personality.”

Indiano said that not everything is good and enjoyable, as every time he does a new artwork, there are insecurities he must overcome.

“When you put a lot of effort and time into a piece of art, there is always the insecurity and fear about how people would react,” Indiano said. “Every artist deals with that in some way. I do pretty well with it, and most artists do.”

He advised every student who wants to pursue a career in the arts in Canada not to give up because Canada greatly benefits from immigrants working in the arts and culture industry.

“We are creators; we create great stuff,” Indiano said. “For Canada, that is great because it is where all the different cultures come together to create art.”

He said that all his advice is based on his experience and what he has done that has worked for him. Indiano added that his gallery represents his most important pieces and work.

“In my gallery, people can find weird drawings and funny little paintings that hopefully connect and resonate with them,” Indiano said.

He said that a career in the arts is a long-term process that requires dedication and effort.

“People can learn my journey, processes and techniques through my drawings,” Indiano said.