We had the good fortune of connecting with Cami Galofre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cami, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
“Produce, produce, produce!”
As artists, we are taught that productivity is a virtue, yet it is rarely discussed how constant output can lead to creative burn out. It is easy to give in to the expectation that artists should be making art all the time because it reflects drive and passion. However, buying into this narrative can make you lose sight of why you started making art in the first place. While I do believe that it is important to play, experiment, and keep a creative practice alive. It’s also important to give yourself the space for rest and perspective. A piece of art doesn’t always begin when the pencil touches the paper – it starts somewhere within yourself. Enjoy those moments of inspiration and find balance in your practice.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career as an artist has been a dream come true. I was always an artistic child, but back then I didn’t think that it would be something that I would do professionally in the future. Pursuing a career in the arts didn’t seem to be a linear endeavor like other professions, and has never felt like one. However, the biggest lesson that I’ve learned is staying true to your passion and vision. I’ve always know that I wanted to explore the environment, abstraction, and magic within my work, and knew that I needed to prioritize these concepts in my practice. Although it took a lot of experimentation to truly develop my personal style, I never lost sight of what was important for me to create. It has been a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding path for me and I know my younger self would be incredibly proud of me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great places in Denver! I would probably start by meeting at Union Station – it’s the perfect place to welcome anyone into the city that’s coming from the airport. We would head to towards City O’ City for breakfast, or towards Leven Deli for lunch. I love enjoying the city on foot, so the next step would be checking out some art or funky stores on Santa Fe Drive, South Broadway or RiNo, You can’t go wrong when looking for a place to dine, but I would most likely aim for tacos or a burger at My Brothers Bar. Top the night off with a concert at Red Rocks or Mission Ballroom and they will never want to leave! Make sure to make some time for a hike or two.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my parents! I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive family. I specially want to thank them for introducing me to Gabriel Garcia-Marquez when I was young. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” will forever be a source of inspiration for me.