Q&A with Michael Poncé

Las Cruces – The West End Art Depot (We.AD) is proud to present The Academician, a solo exhibit by local artist Michael Poncé, for the month of September.

A painter from Las Cruces, he studied at Foothill College near San Francisco and graduated with an M.F.A. in painting from the New York Academy of Art. Poncé pursued graduate research in anatomy at Oxford University and studied old master drawings at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.

 

Q. What inspired you to become an artist? My inspiration came from seeing beautiful, emotional paintings and sculptors when going to church as a young child.

Q. How do you manage balancing work/life? Very difficult however I do plan out

my chaotic schedule- keeping my work days Monday through Friday’s days. I draw or paint

between breaks, lunch, evenings and weekends.

Q. Do you work at home or maintain a separate studio? Describe your ideal

times/conditions to work? I currently work at home but I also share a studio with a fellow

artist. My ideal condition would be a work/live situation.

QWhat is the main challenge you face when beginning a piece? Having too many

ideas in my head and not knowing which piece to start on.

Q. Who/what are some of your biggest artistic influences? My biggest influences

are the French artists of the 18th century.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your show for the WeAD. My current exhibit at WeAd

includes drawings and sketches on paper starting from 2003. I chose this date because it

was a starting point of a new body of work based on the classics. The show starts with

anatomical/life studies, studies of light on the form then through quick sketches and ending

with idealized drawings of the human form.

Q. How do you feel about the art scene in Las Cruces? I feel the art scene in Las

Cruces is growing. There is lots of talent in Las Cruces especially with the younger generation.

Q. What would you add to make Las Cruces a truly great city?

I would like to see the Las Cruces Museum of Art develop programs to promote and develop the arts in the

area as well as develop a plan to purchase works of art from local and national and

international artists.

Q. How do you feel about the art scene in Las Cruces? I feel the art scene in Las

Cruces is growing. There is lots of talent in Las Cruces especially with the younger generation.

 

Michael’s exhibit, ,  will be showcased at the West End Art Depot through  September 26th.  Check out more of his work here.

 

Gallery hours are 4 – 8 pm Friday, noon – 4 pm on Saturday, noon – 3 pm on Sunday and by appointment.

For more information www.we-ad.org or contact Chris Bardey at (575) 312-9892 or nmartco.op@gmail.com.