Behind The Scenes with Artist: Pablo Caviedes

Most of my projects start from casual conversations, and this was no exception. I met Pablo Caviedes back in 2015, when I participated at the Ecuadorian Art Festival in Jadite Gallery.

pablo caviedes at jadite galleries

He was in fact the curator of this exhibit, but I had no idea who he was until a friend of mine introduced me to him.

ph daniel sanchez at jadite galleries

He was very friendly and gave me some good advice about the Art World. Advice that I really needed back then, when I was just getting started with my Career in Fine Arts. We became friends since the exhibition and kept in touch until now.

ph daniel sanchez and pablo caviedes at armory show 2017 nyc

I have great respect for the work of my fellow artists, and I value their friendship. I also came to realization that if we want to be successful in the art world, we have to add value to each others work to keep evolving.

ph daniel sanchez and pablo caviedes at ph daniel sanchez art studio

During one of my visits to Pablo's Studio, I casually suggested that we should collaborate in a project. I told Pablo, that I would find a way where we can work together.

pablo caviedes ed vasquez and ph daniel sanchez looking at on the map sculpture

In addition, I talked to him about personal project that I had in mind and asked him if I can borrow one of his sculptures to get started. (This will make sense later!)

pablo caviedes ed vasquez and ph daniel sanchez looking at pablo caviedes studio

Weeks later, he actually took the initiative and called me about and idea he had in mind. He was about to complete a 6 years old project titled On The Map. (This photo was taken during our visit to Ed Vasquez Studio)

pablo caviedes ed vasquez and ph daniel sanchez looking at ed vasquez studio

Here is a short excerpt from his book On The Map:

"The “On the Map” project, which began six years ago represents a personal view of
immigration, that is, a graphic perspective of what I consider a common denominator of our American identity." - Pablo Caviedes

pablo caviedes ed vasquez and ph daniel sanchez looking at pablo caviedes studio

He suggested that a Film about his creative process would be a fantastic addition to the overall project, and a good opportunity for us to collaborate. He also told me that unfortunately he didn't have a budget for a film, since he invested vastly in the making of the book.

pablo caviedes at ph daniel sanchez studio

However, he proposed a trade. He asked me if I wanted to keep the sculpture I borrowed from him as form of payment for our project.

ph daniel sanchez holding pablo caviedes sculpture

This is interesting because to me, Money is an exchange of VALUE. In fact, Art to me is the most valuable form of currency. I was very happy with his offer and accepted right away. 

ph daniel sanchez and pablo caviedes

We started filming back in March 1st in several locations such as:

The Armory Show

pablo caviedes at armory show nyc 2017

ph daniel sanchez at armory show nyc 2017

pablo caviedes at armory show nyc 2017

Art Galleries in Chelsea

pablo caviedes listening to singer performing in the chelsea district nyc

Pablo Caviedes Studio

pablo cavides and andy warhol sculpture

Time Square

pablo cavides in time square

The Museum of Modern Art (We came exclusively to shoot Pablo's favorite painting by Picasso)

pablo cavides contemplating pablo picaso painting at museum of modern art in nyc

We completed this project in April 22 (Earth Day) and we are very happy with the results.

pablo cavides at ph daniel sanchez art studio

One piece of advice I'd like to give to all my fellow creatives is that you should always cultivate friendships in the Art World. Be curious and propose exciting projects that challenge you and your friends to make your best work.

pablo caviedes ed vasquez and ph daniel sanchez looking at ed vasquez studio

I'm sure by now, you are wondering who the man on my left side is. He is my good friend Ed Vasquez a very talented painter from the Dominican Republic.

ed vasquez at his studio

As a matter of fact, he is the star of my next documentary that I am currently filming. But that's a story for another time.