Back Talk with Basco Vasko

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 04 Aug 2010
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Basco Vasko does not aim to please. The Chilean artist paints because he feels an urgency compelling him to, which is one reason we have featured him in our current August 2010 issue.

 

 

One reason you make art:

 

I paint and I don’t need a reason.

 

 

The last good movie you saw:

 

Toy Story 3.

 

 

Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:

 

Ride a horse.

 

 

Favorite country or city visited:

 

Paris.

 

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A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

 

If it is silly to do it is also silly not to.

 

 

Something you want the world to know about you:

 

I’m doing my best.

 

 

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

 

People that are not polite.

 

 

Something that concerns you:

 

Our current government. I mean our current Chilean government.

 

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Artists you admire:

 

Any that cares more about his work than his career.

 

 

Favorite quote(s):

 

True hope is only possible in moments of total despair.

 

 

The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?

 

Boy George, I was eight and The Crying Game was my favorite song, and the last album... well, I don’t even have a computer.

 

 

Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

 

I don’t know what procrastinating means.

 

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What is your most defining characteristic?

 

I don’t know. This is a weird question...

 

 

What is your greatest fear?

 

Being sick, like cancer or something. I don’t even have insurance.

 

 

The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

 

I’m not.

 

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Your greatest quality:

 

This question makes me feel I was in a beauty contest.

 

 

Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

 

Better memory! For sure.

 

 

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?

 

I don’t think I have taken my biggest risk yet.

 

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Something you wish you had known five years ago:

 

I can’t think of anything I wish I had known five years ago.

 

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?

 

I don’t think in terms of ‘accomplish’ or words like that. I hope I don’t get sick during the next five years.

 

 

More from Basco Vasko at basco-vazko.blogspot.com and in our feature interview with him in Juxtapoz #115.

 

 

Portrait of the artist by Paloma Palomino.

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