We had the good fortune of connecting with Sal Cosenza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sal, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Firstly, I enjoy it and it’s not boring. Secondly, being artistic and creative often invites collaboration, diversification, and interaction.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My creative wheelhouse includes acrylic painting, architectural design, and education, but I’m also no stranger to writing, photography, and occasionally singing! I have a Bachelors in Architectural Design from Arizona State University, and a Masters in Architecture from the City College of New York. Born and raised in Scottsdale, I eventually lived and worked in the Big Apple for seven epic years, meeting all kinds of interesting people along the way, before recently moving back to the desert to start anew. While painting is a constant presence in my life and career, I’ve also worked in a New York-based architectural firm for a few years, before switching to teaching Interior Design history and studio courses at ASU. I think that my exposure to cosmopolitan ideals is what sets me apart, since I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and learning their story. During lockdown, I even began a small Instagram series called “Smondays with Sal,” where I interview fellow creatives and other notables. Along the way, I’ve learned that the more open-minded you are to things, the better. I actually pride myself on being open-minded, and I feel that the world could use more of it nowadays. While nothing’s easy, including trying to construct a career that seems creatively informed all the time, my goals in life still seem stubbornly (and happily) in pursuit, and I’m proud to say that I’m still creative after all these years. What I want the world to know is that I’m far from done, and that going forward, I’d love my art to serve a much higher social purpose, which I’m starting to explore. Stay tuned!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Nominees include: Red Devil Pizza (on McDowell Road), Papago Park, Scottsdale’s Art One Gallery, Taliesin West, a trip to Sedona’s Red Rock State Park, Mill Avenue and Tempe Beach Park, Zia Records, The Brush Bar, Roosevelt Row on First Fridays, Old Town Scottsdale during Thursday Night Artwalk, and Los Olivos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate this to my mom, Belle…my biggest fan (and vice versa).
Cover Photo by Belle Cosenza