December 16, 2020

Five Questions with Enrique Quintero: Teaching Artist and Freelance Illustrator

Enrique Quintero, a Teaching Artist and Freelance Illustrator at Creativity Explored, talks about the reality of artist’s block and taking ownership of our talents. Get inspired by this INVT21 Workshop Assistant Leader.

If you need a shot of encouragement, we encourage you to talk with Enrique Quintero. Born to Cuban-Columbia parents in Key West, Florida, Enrique has always loved exploring visual worlds and fantasies based on daydreams and curiosities on a flat surface. His family wasn’t initially supportive of his dreams, so he took it upon himself to carve his own path and trained in Fine Arts and Traditional Illustration.

In 2018, Enrique joined Creativity Explored, a studio-based collective in San Francisco that partners with people with developmental disabilities to celebrate and nurture the creative potential in all of us. “I have nothing but love and gratitude for the amazing artists and faculty who create such a magical space in this dark world,” he says. It’s a sentiment we share.

Enrique says his passions consist of nature, literature, and humans. This will be on display when he joins us at INVT21 as a Workshop Assistant Leader alongside Joseph “JD” Green for “Blind Contour Drawing.”

Get to know a little more about Enrique here, then plan to join him at the workshop on January 14.

What did 2020 bring into focus for you that you want to Re:Make, Re:Think, Re:Imagine, or Re:Design for 2021?

Re:To keep addressing awareness of systemic racism through art, teaching, peers, and any opportunity that arises.

What is your relationship to the creative process?

A responsibility to, ownership of, and respect for my talent.

How or where do you find inspiration?

People, music, and really everything.

What was one of your biggest creative challenges?

Going through an artist’s block for one year. That shit is real. I’m of the mindset that you need inspiration to make work, but it wasn’t happening for a whole year.

When did you first realize you needed to be in a creative field?

I knew I was always creative, so I always did mainly drawing or other creative activities. As a career choice, it came into realization around 8th or 9th grade. I wish it would have been sooner, but it wasn’t acknowledged in my family as a career path or profession. It was never talked about, so I took it upon myself.

Bonus Round: What was your first job?

I was 15, a dishwasher getting paid under the table. The chef/owner of the restaurant kept calling me “Bobby” whenever he addressed me. I quit that job.