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Portrait: Selver Begic

Veröffentlicht: 9. August 2017 in Portrait
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(c) by Selver Begic

(c) by Selver Begic

Selver Begic

born in Postojna, Slovenia in 1981

Selver, what is Art?

I’m not trying to send a message, take a stand or to fight for ideas in art. For me art is intimate and personal experience. I’m trying to create and explain my world and nothing else. There are enough artists who are trying to change the world. I am no longer interested in this romantic idea.

How do you experience your collectors?

Although I create art for already fifteen years, I have just recently started to sell my paintings, maybe in last five years, so I still haven’t experienced true collectors who are passionately interested in my art. But I like to share my creations and I’m always happy when someone is attracted by my paintings.

What defines a “good gallery” for you?

A good gallery is the gallery that can truly understand and represent an artist, a gallery where the artist feels comfortable.

Your opinion on “art and the art market”?

Like I said before: I still don’t have true market experience, but art is always needed and therefore there will always be a market for it.

Is art passion and/or investment?

Art is passion in which you invest your time and soul, and money of course. But if it can be profitable depends on how good you are.

(c) by Selver Begic

(c) by Selver Begic

Artist – a dream job?

It depends on how good you are. If you can sell it than you can live and survive by doing something you love. And that is the definition of a good job.

What dream in the arts should come true?

To reach my true capacities, but that is a double-edged sword, once you achieve your goal, there is always the possibility to lose your passion. We’ll see.

Who is your favorite artist and what is your favorite work or art?

There are a lot of artists I admire, but my favorite is Jean Dubuffet. When I saw his art for the first time, I became aware of my own artistic path.

I don’t have favorite piece. When I enjoy artists I enjoy all of their works.

What is your favorite color?

I also don’t have favorite colour, but I have favorite colour combinations: pink and green, blue and ochre.

Dear Selver, many thanks for this interview and all the best for the future!

(c) by Selver Begic

(c) by Selver Begic

Ed Heck - City Walk © Ed Heck

Ed Heck – City Walk
© Ed Heck

Ed Heck

born in Brooklyn, New York in 1963
Galleries:  The World of Ed Heck Gallery (New York), Galerie Mensing (Germany)


Ed, what is Art?

Is anything done artfully, anything that is done with love and passion behind it becomes and is an art.

How do you experience your collectors?

With the presence of the internet an artist can become involved with your collectors all over the world in real time. This can give you a good sense of what their perceptions and thoughts are on what you are creating.  Now more than ever the collector can play a role in artists work to the extent that you would want of course.

What defines a “good gallery” for you?

A good gallery is one that really gets what you do and supports and gets behind you. This goes for the gallery and the staff selling your work. When the gallery sales people really like your work it shows and they are your connection to the art buyer and collector at the point of sale.

Your opinion on “art and the art market”?

I think as with other artistic markets, music, books, etc. it has become easier and at the same time harder to be noticed.  I have noticed with art that less people go to the art expos and shows than ever before. People may feel they can see everything they need on the computer screen.

I am sad by this because I feel art and music really need to be experienced in person; it brings it to a whole other level.

Is art passion and/or investment?

I think art should always be a passion first, weather as a creator or collector. Artwork should be enjoyed by the collector and viewer and the fact that an artwork is also an investment should be the added bonus.

Ed Heck - Paint Studio © Ed Heck

Ed Heck – Paint Studio
© Ed Heck

Artist – a dream job?

Being an artist is not a job, it’s what you are. As most successful people will tell you “Find what you love to do, and you will never work a day in your life”.  Doing what you love to do, what brings you joy and would do anyway, but you get paid to do it, yes that is a dream.

What dream in the arts should come true?

My dream is to simply have people enjoy my work and support it so I can continue to spend my time creating more.

Who is your favorite artist and what is your favorite work or art?

These two questions I would answer similarly.  I like and I am influenced by so many different artists and their works that I could not pick just one. Each affects me in a different way.

If I was pressed to only pick one I think it would be Vincent Van Gogh the man because of his passion and life. Also favorite work would be „Starry Night“ because standing in front of it I find it alive, magical, and timeless.

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night. 1889

Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night
1889, oil on canvas, 73.7 × 92.1 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York

What is your favorite color?

As for colors it depends on my mood although as anyone who has seen my work would say it’s clearly the blues and purples that I favor.

Dear Ed, many thanks for this interview and all the best for the future!


PS: German fans will have the chance to meet Ed at one of his shows in Hanover, Berlin and Hamburg from 20th to 22th February 2015. More information at

Tobias Heitmann Galerie Zimmermann & Heitmann

Tobias Heitmann

geboren 1974

Was ist für Sie Kunst?

Kunst ist die Nabelschnur zu etwas Göttlichen!

Nach welchen Kriterien entscheiden Sie, welche Künstler Sie vertreten?

Wir verkaufen seit 1879 Kunst, welche eher für die Masse gemacht ist – keine Nischen! Daher müssen neue Künstler schon sehr verkäuflich sein, auch wenn mir persönlich nicht jeder Künstler gefällt.

Wie erleben Sie Sammler?

Aufgrund unserer Ausrichtung haben wir sehr wenig klassische Sammler. Mit den wenigen haben wir aber durchweg gute Erfahrungen und freundschaftliche Partnerschaften.

Die Zukunft von Kunstgalerien?

Das ist die Frage der Fragen! Immer mehr Kunden sind durch das Internet sehr informiert und die Preise werden transparenter bei Serien. Persönlich finde ich das sehr gut, weil viele Kollegen in der Vergangenheit durch den Mangel an Informationen die Kunden quasi betrogen haben!

Lagerfeld (Strumbel) 1.jpg

Lagerfeld (Strumbel) 1“ von Stefan Strumbel.
Lizenziert unter CC BY-SA 3.0 über Wikimedia Commons.

Welchen Kunst-Traum hätten Sie gerne erfüllt?

Eine Ausstellung mit Andy Warhol.

Wer ist Ihr/e Lieblingskünstler/in?

Stefan Strumbel

Was ist Ihr Lieblingskunstwerk?

Meine Uhr von Stefan Strumbel.

Was ist Ihre Lieblingsfarbe?


Lieber Herr Heitmann, vielen Dank für das Interview und weiterhin viel Erfolg!


Portrait: John Suchy

Veröffentlicht: 22. Dezember 2014 in Portrait
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John Suchy in front of the MoMA © John Suchy

John Suchy in front of the MoMA
© John Suchy

John Suchy

born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York in 1946
Website: /

John, what is Art?

I feel art is created when an artist (using various mediums), shows how they see life, how they feel, how they love or hate, what they think they are or want to be. I love to create memories. I think the more years of experience an artist acquires the more powerful their art can be.

How do you experience your collectors?

I enjoy having shows in the same galleries every few years. This gives me time to think and create new images for them to see and hopefully enjoy and purchase. I have done many indoor and outdoor shows where I always bump into people who have bought or collect my art. When I display my art on the streets of Manhattan I always meet people from New York City and around the world who have purchased my art or they have friends that own my art. It’s great when I meet people who have bought art from me on the street when I started in 1976.

What defines a „good gallery“ for you?

John Suchy: A good gallery to me is one that first knows how to treat a customer with total respect. It is very relaxing if I can create a good friendship with the gallery owner. I also think it is important for a gallery to offer the art at a reasonable price and not wait till the customers feet turn toward the door before they say “It’s your lucky day today because we are having a big sale of art now“. The most important thing a gallery can accomplish is to have the customer come back or tell their friends about the gallery.

If a customer goes home and learns that they have be screwed price wise, they will never come back and will tell their friends never to go there. I enjoy making art images that just relate to the town that they gallery is in. There is always a landmark that everyone in the town is proud of.

John Suchy at his Berlin show © John Suchy

John Suchy at his Berlin show
© John Suchy

Your opinion on „art and art market“?

I know many artists that have been displaying and selling their art for the past 30 years in indoor and outdoor art shows around the USA. It is a hard life and the shows cost money.

You have to count on good weather and the economy. They travel and always have to work on their inventory. It is very hard to have a normal family life making a living this way. However it helps them control their prices and cut out the middle man so they make more profit. Many of them don’t want to sell to the galleries at a lower price and have the galleries sometimes make more than them. Some artist find representatives who find art galleries to sell their art & little by little the price of the art goes up & up. Sometime everybody is making money but the artist is still struggling to pay their bills. Some artists hit the jackpot and make a lot of money. I use to sell in the late 70’s on the street with James Rizzi and watched him rise to the top of the art market. That was great! Over the years I have met many representatives and art gallery owners who were very fair and many who were unscrupulous! It amazes me at the prices that some people will pay and how some artists can accomplish tremendous success in a short period of time and the prices that their art demands. Many artist come and go no matter how talented they are. It is nice to see an artist reach a high level of success and stay there for the rest of their life.

Is art passion and/or an investment?

Most people that buy my art because they like it or want to give it to someone who will enjoy it. Many times my art brings back good memories of places or experiences that they have had. My drawing of the pigeon lady is one of those drawing that brings out a story from so many people that I met. In the 80’s and  90’s bought tremendous amount of art for investments. I think most of them wished they didn’t. It is fantastic when you hear stories of people who have hit the jackpot with their art investments.

Artist – a dream job?

After art college I worked for 12 years in the advertising business. In the beginning I did mechanical drafting, layouts, story boards, presentations and finally became an illustrator.

For years I did drawings for books, magazines and newspapers. Finally as my art became very detailed and time consuming I got tired of all the changes the client wanted to have made. It took me so long to make the art that any small change meant, I would have to so the art all over again. I started doing drawings of my neighborhood on the upper westside of Manhattan and selling them on the street corners. This eventually led me into drawing many scenes of Manhattan. If five people asked me if I had a drawing of a certain scene I would make sure I did that scene. Selling on the streets helped me learn what people like and didn’t like as far a buying art. It was a crazy time in my life but I loved it! I have been very lucky in my art life and have many dreams come true. It’s not all about the money however. Every artist is first lucky if people tell them they enjoy their art! After that some get lucky and some don’t! The people that just do their art for their own pleasure and not for a living are the real lucky ones!

John Suchy - NYC canvas  © John Suchy

John Suchy – NYC canvas
© John Suchy

Who is your favorite artist?

Draftsmen – Heinrich Kley (Munich, Germany)  and Gustav Rehberger (Austria)
Painter – John Singer Sargent and Vincent Van Gogh

What is your favorite work of art?

The Frescoes of the Sistine chapel by Michelangelo

What is your favorite color?

When I was younger it was green (money) but over the years it has become cobalt blue.

Dear John, many thanks for this interview and all the best for the future!

Der ArtKiss-Blog bekommt am 22. Dezember 2014 ein neues Feature: die „Portraits“.

Mit den Portraits werden in lockerer Folge Künstler/innen und Galeristen/innen vorgestellt. Sie beantworten mindestens sieben der folgenden zehn Fragen und nennen ihre persönlichen Lieblingskünstler, -farbe und -kunstwerk:

  1. Was ist für Sie Kunst?
  2. Wie erleben Sie Ihre Sammler?
  3. Was ist für Sie eine gute Galerie?
  4. Ihre Meinung zum Thema „Kunst und Kunstmarkt“?
  5. Ist Kunst Leidenschaft und/oder Investment?
  6. Künstler/in – ein Traumberuf?
  7. Welchen Kunst-Traum hätten Sie gerne erfüllt?
  8. Wer ist Ihr/e Lieblingskünstler/in?
  9. Was ist Ihr Lieblingskunstwerk?
  10. Was ist Ihre Lieblingsfarbe?

Sollten Sie Interesse an einer Teilnahme haben, senden Sie einfach eine E-Mail und Sie bekommen die Teilnahmevoraussetzungen zugeschickt:

The ArtKiss blog introduces a new feature on 22 December 2014: the „Portraits“.

Artists and gallery owners should be portrayed in a small interview in the „Portraits“ series. They answer at least seven of the following ten questions and name their own favorite artist, color and artwork:

  1. What is art?
  2. By which criteria do you decide which artists you represent?
  3. How do you experience collectors?
  4. Your opinion on “art and art market”?
  5. Is art passion and/or an investment?
  6. The future of art galleries?
  7. What dream in the arts should come true?
  8. Who is your favorite artist?
  9. What is your favorite work of art?
  10. What is your favorite color?

If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail and you will receive the participation details: