Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Jose Acosta > www.artid.com/jose
What do you need to be an entrepreneur?
Dedication, Motivation, Drive.
What did inspire you to start your business?
I wanted to work doing something that I enjoyed and could do for the rest of my life. I guess I am following my dreams.
How did you finance it?
Saved up money and cut back on a lot of things like vacations, new car, etc.
Being Hispanic…Does it have any influence on your business?
Yes. The Art I create is Cuban-American art so my product is a Hispanic product bought by art collectors throughout the World.
In the face of adversity, how do you decide to keep going?
Their will always be high moments and low moments and sometimes they change very quickly. So you just learn to keep going and have a positive outlook.
What is the biggest challenge your business has faced?
Money. In every business the more money you make the better off you are in terms of producing, advertising & marketing.
If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?
Add an Art Marketing specialist.
What was your childhood ambition?
To be a Millionaire
Tell us about three entrepreneurs that you admire?
Desi Arnaz, Emilio Estefan, Steve Jobs.
For business meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success?
You need to dedicate all of your time to your Business so make sure it is something you love to do. Get family involved and enjoy all.
What is your favorite quotation?
The person who says it can't be done will be interrupted by the person who is doing it.
Is it difficult to be unconventional?
No you always need to look at every situation with fresh eyes. Try new things & experiment. Create new ways of marketing your product.
Biggest mistake made?
No big mistakes so far I have been very Lucky.
Do you consider yourself an innovator?
Yes, because I am creating new art that is very different then past painters. I am also creating custom welded metal frames for my works that make them unique.
About the Company:
Jose Acosta Studio is owned and operated by Cuban American Artist Jose Acosta
Born in San Jose Cuba 1966 currently lives in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. with his Family. Jose has made great strides in America. His works are in over 200 Private and Public Collections. Jose creates both Paintings & Sculpture. Most recently his works were added to the collection of The World Bank Art Program Washington, DC, United Cerebral Palsy, Healthy Families, Touro College, The University of Pennsylvania Art Collection. Jose is included in “Antologia de Pintores Hispano-Americanos” and his painting "Celebration" will be on the cover.
Jose Acosta most recently exhibited in the Exhibition COLORS created by NY Book and exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art. On November 7th Jose Acosta was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Mayor Brian P. Stack & the Board of Commissioners of Union City, New Jersey.
Bright colors, swirling figures, and vibrant energy characterize Acosta’s paintings. “There is a strong influence of my native Cuba in the happiness and bright colors of my paintings,” he says. Acosta was born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 3 years old. He considers himself a Cuban-American and is very proud of both his Cuban heritage and his American citizenship. "Generally my paintings depict my personal history and my surroundings. I paint from my heart, expressing a little hope and happiness in all of my creations.”
More information: www.artid.com/jose
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