How this artist went from bankruptcy to viral sensation?
Meet Felix Semper.
I used to be a builder and developer back in 2008 .
When the housing crisis was at its worst.
I lost my business, I had to declare bankruptcy
and I had to start again. I had to figure out
what I was gonna do with my life.
I was always an artist at heart, I’ve always
incorporated art into everything I did.
And eventually, I decided that
if I was going to make a difference in life
and I was going to make a difference so late in my career
that I had to create something totally radical
totally new that no one had ever seen before.
The sculptures can take months of work.
In order to create my sculptures
I have to first start qluing sheets of paper
into as high as I think my sculptures are going to be
normally about three feet.
I start to carve, I take away paper
by using certain tools that I’ve developed for this.
Once I start to take away these papers
and start getting the shape of the sculpture
of the bust or whatever the item that I’m inspired to do.
Then I start to finally sand it
and get it into a final shape
then paint it,once the paint goes on
then the sculpture takes a life of his own .
Felix’s work has been exhibited around the word.
The advice I would have for aspiring artists
做你自己 敢于创造 与众不同
is to just be yourself, create, be different.
Don’t follow any other people out there,
Don’t follow any rules, just make your own rules.
Create art because you love art,not because you want to do
you want to make money or whatever.
Just create it because of the love that you have for it
and I think you’ll be successful.
The final sculptures can cost thousands of dollars.