We had the good fortune of connecting with Alberto Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alberto, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Since I was a child I loved to draw and recreate images. In 2013, I learned how to paint and it pivoted where I was focusing my artistic abilities. Over time it became a passion I found, that I could also make my career. So, by mastering my craft while also being compensated to do so, the universe sort of transitioned me into this position.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I would consider myself a Neo-Expressionism style painter. My style comes from admiring Jean Michael Basquiat. I’ve always loved his work and his journey through life. Knowing of his tragic death, I wanted to kind of pick up the baton where he left it and continue the journey of explaining the urban culture through modern art. This journey has not been easy, but it has been enjoyable. The people you meet, the people you influence, and the stories that are told in this art community are some of the most enjoyable experiences. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned while being an artist is that nothing is perfect. Just like a canvas we start off bare with no imperfections. Over time as our canvas starts to take form, we find small blemish strokes that we believe ruin the painting, but if we stand back and look at the painting as a whole the blemishes seem to blend in with the beauty of the completed work. The exact same principle can be applied to this thing called life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say the first place I would take them to would be Hot and Juicy. I love seafood and to me they have some of the best in town. As far as drinks and a nightlife scene, I would recommend Palma. It is a relatively new bar in downtown Phoenix which I love to go to. They have a frozen margarita, called the East by Southwest that’s to die for.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is a book, by U.S. Anderson, that helped to change my mentality and shape me into the man I am today called “3 Magic Words”. Within that book it focuses on the power of thought and how changing thoughts can change things within us to obtain the things we dream of. The law of attraction delivered in not only a simple way but also spiritual way.