PK 028: Artist Cyrus Smith on Expanding Your Horizons and Working Collectively

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You Like This – a painting by Cyrus Smith

“If you’re with friends that support you and admire your work, you can really push the boundaries of what you’re capable of.”

Some artists never leave their home town, and there’s nothing wrong with that. For artist Cyrus Smith, however, it was a move from his native Winnipeg to Berlin that kickstarted his fine art career. He tells us why in this revealing and inspiring podcast interview.

Having always wanted to be creative, Cyrus felt going to art school in Winnipeg was the right thing to do. However, it wasn’t until several years after his teenage party years as a student that he decided to take things more seriously and develop a career as a full-time artist.

His story is one of dedication and collaborating with others to help push him to develop his creative potential. And, after a friend and fellow artist persuaded him to move to Berlin, he began to carve out a reputation as one of the most exciting artists working in this great European capital for creativity.

His work is a combination of pop-art influences mixed up with graffiti and expressive brushwork. He’s hosted several solo shows, and also interviews other artists to help boost their careers. Although he struggled with learning German at first, he says he never fails to feel inspired by the city and working with other like-minded artists.

Check out this podcast interview and see how a change of scenery and working in a group can really help you reach your creative goals.

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why going to art school helped him develop
  • How travelling helped Cyrus find himself (a cliché, but true!)
  • Why working in a group can help you progress as an artist

People on this Episode:

Mitch
Cyrus

Mentioned in the episode:

Cyrus’s Website

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