I’m a highly sexual person and I put that into my paintings. In my art books there are images that may not be fetishes of mine and in those cases I’m catering to the fantasies of others. An interview with erotic artist Bruce Colero.
How would you personally describe the nature of your art?
Throughout the years I’ve always tried to achieve as much realism as I could with my images. Even before I started going digital and I was an airbrush artist – realism was always my goal. Despite the genre, fantasy, pinup or supernatural I want the viewer to believe that they’ve caught a moment of reality. I would say my art is highly sexual in topic and my women are always perfect.
What artists, art periods, are an inspiration for your own work?
My biggest influences in the beginning were both Boris and Olivia. Although I have a degree in art I was never excited about any of the earlier art periods or traditional masters. If the topic doesn’t interest me – I’m not interested. Even though I can appreciate the technical expertise of the piece it doesn’t move me.
Where are your ideas coming from? Does your work reflect your own erotic fantasies & desires?
Inspiration has never been a problem with me, in fact I keep a list of upcoming images that I want to get to. Thetruth of the matter is, for the most part, I paint what I like to see. I’m a highly sexual person and I put that into my paintings. In my art books there are images that may not be fetishes of mine and in those cases I’m catering to the fantasies of others.
What is your biggest artistic frustration? Or main struggle in the creation process?
I’m lucky in that, from beginning to end – Ill enjoy the process of an image. From that first twinge of an idea thatyou mold into something greater. The design, render and ultimate postwork are all fulfilling for me. My art, like sex, is a release for me – not frustrating in the least – otherwise why do it?
Is it easy to find places to display your work?
There are some websites that have had a problem with some of my images, in fact I was banned from one of them for an image that was totally taken the wrong way. However, I make no apologies for my work. If you like my work (and seeing from the sales of my artbooks that there are quite a few thankfully) then great. If you don’t like my work, I’m not interested in your opinion. Im just about to release my second art book – Skin Deep – The erotic art of Bruce Colero and the printers in China had a problem with the content! I was blown away, my publisher had to scramble to find an alternate printer in Hong Kong who wasn’t offended by such “graphic sexuality.” My best work to date is set to be released May 08.
Can you provide a link to a website that you consider an inspiration for your own work?
Like I said, take inspiration where you get it. You are constantly surrounded by inspiration. You’ll see somethingout of the corner of your eye, and your imagination takes over. Sexuality is one of the most primal of urges, how can we not be constantly inspired?