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Conversations with Pablo Salom

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pablo Salom.

Hi Pablo, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born in Uruguay and since I can remember, I’ve had this passion mostly for drawing. The painting part came later. I studied graphic advertising, but I didn’t really like it. It was more like a heartless business to me. Not what I enjoy to do at all.

In 2001, I came to the U.S. more precisely to New York where I lived for about two and a half years. All those years in New York and many years after here in Maryland were mostly spent adapting myself to a new society, new culture, and providing for my family, so I didn’t really focus on art. But I always drew and did crafts. It’s like if I don’t do something with my hands at the end of the day, that day feels wasted.

Friends and family always told me to show what I do to the public. I decided to create a profile on Instagram, and that was the starting point for me; not as a creator, but a start in showing off my work to more than just my family and friends. That is when I was contacted by RAW Natural Born Artists who provided me with a platform to participate in my first showcase in Baltimore in 2019. After that first showcase came a second one in Philadelphia with Jerks Productions. Since then until the pandemic in 2020, I have been in one showcase in Baltimore and mostly working on some commissioned artwork.

I’m still not a full-time artist but it’s definitely a huge part of my life. It allows me to release stress and manage the weight of any daily burdens more than anything else.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Well, I do try to help situations not, force them. It is a constant learning process. Obviously, if your household depends on your artwork sales it could be rough. But this is not my case. So, I just give it the reasonable time. Not stress on it. When it comes, it comes. I love the creativity. The difficult part seems to be making the business part of art successful. Blending the creativity with commercialization is probably the largest challenge.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As the owner of a general contracting business customers often asks my opinion on colors and layouts. My artistic perspective makes it easier for me to suggest solutions. That and my attention to the finer details is a big part of my work.

Outside of my wife and son, the thing that I am proudest of is my hard work ethic. When I came to this country, I did not know anything about construction. I knew very little English and I had maybe $15 dollars in my pocket. Since those days, with the help of family, friends and hard work, I have the chance to own a small business.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Stay true to who you are and appreciate your own talents. Do not compare yourself with others. Do not let someone else’s success or failure define your path. It is ok to like someone else’s art. Learn and evolve do not copy.

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