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Personality Test: Phillipe Jacinto-Velazquez

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By Chris Ramirez

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Simple and straightforward.

That's how Phillipe Jacinto-Velazquez describes his art technique. That much comes across clearly in his use of vibrant color, unabashed imagery and down-to-the-nth-degree detail.

And it doesn't matter if he's using oils or using a computer mouse with Photoshop.

“I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. There was no decision to draw or paint,” says Jacinto-Velazquez, who lives in the Mexican War Streets. “I have always felt moved by color, inside. To provoke a smile, to raise an eyebrow, to make one feel.”

His first solo exhibit was held in Pittsburgh 1992. It took three years to complete seven paintings he entered for that exhibit. Each was airbrushed, super-realistic marbles on canvas.

He also spent a couple years doing freelance work creating animated TV commercials. Since 1998, Jacinto-Velazquez has focused on oil painting, while also studying the works of other artists to further hone his craft.

And for the last two years, he's worked with Home Run Pictures, a Downtown-based 3-D animation studio, to produce “dome shows” for museums and science centers.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

Bruce Willis. He is rough around the edges, a tough guy, but he always plays a thinker, not a reactor to problems like me.

Childhood hero:

I tried like hell to look, act and play like Jimi Hendrix. Why? He had it all — style, talent, looks and personality. Plus, I had a mean Afro-style hairdo.

Pick one:

A. Go-Gos

B. Goo-Goo Dolls

C. Lady Gaga

D. Yo Gabba Gabba

B. Goo-Goo Dolls. Love the song on the “City of Angels” soundtrack.

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

My drawings and sketches; I was always drawing, sometimes all day long.

The superpower I wish I had in real life:

To read minds. Then I could make better decisions in love and life.

I can't live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR or laptop?

I do live without them, basically. I rarely carry my cell phone. My laptop stays at home. I don't watch TV or movies that often. And iPod ? What's an iPod?

My favorite reality show:

My life! When I relive some of my life experiences, hey, pretty exciting!

App I wish I could invent:

Power Failure App. So people would stop looking down to see who called or texted them while walking the streets.

Favorite brunch food:

Fish sandwich from the Oyster House. For over 20 years: brunch, lunch, dinner, whenever!

Favorite guilty pleasure:

I don't have one. It's pleasure! So it feels good! No guilt!

Best mistake I've ever made:

Ending all former relationships and not getting married to any of the women I dated.

Something I would do over if I could:

My spending sprees in NYC from 1998 to 2001. I was freelancing for GE Capitol in Connecticut, making lots of money. I would get my check and go on these shopping sprees at Barney's, Sak's Fifth Avenue and the Armani Boutiques.

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

B. Penguins. Love the sport, hate the excessive violence.

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Sidney Crosby

Favorite lunchtime spot:

Oyster House, Market Square

Top thing on my “Bucket List” to do before I'm gone:

Hike the Inca Trail!

In five years, I'd like to:

Play guitar well enough to take a three-month trip on the Orient Express from France to Istanbul. And make stops in all the major cities and play guitar in coffee shops.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

It is moving along, growing and becoming more international.

Star I'd like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars”:

I'd like to salsa with Vanessa Williams.

Three people I'd love to have dinner with:

Caravaggio, a 16th-century painter; Salvador Dali and Socorro Velasquez, my mother. She died in 2004.

My quirkiest inherited trait:

When I cook, I wash each pot or pan as I go, so, the sink is clean before I sit down to eat.

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

Burrito filled with beans, eggs, cheese, hot sauce and lettuce

One word my mother would use to describe me:

Talented

Celebrity crush:

Stephanie Abrams on the Weather Channel

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

An artist.

Exercise I hate most:

Running. I would rather skate or rollerblade.

I'm deathly afraid of:

My car breaking down on the turnpike going to Ohio.

If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:

Marvin Gaye's “Mercy Mercy Me.”

The first band I saw in concert:

Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Columbus, Ohio, on the Ohio State campus, 1972

The best concert I've ever seen:

Santana at the World Series of Rock in Cleveland, 1973; Aerosmith was also on the bill.

TV marathon I could watch all day:

“King of Queens.” Why? It's set in the New York area. I think they really portrayed married life.

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Mexican War Streets. The houses, circa 1900. The whole area is cool.

Saturday mornings you'll find me:

Cooking a great breakfast, usually for myself.

Best new gadget I've tried recently:

iPad.

The worst advice I ever received:

I was up for review, I wanted a raise, I felt I deserved it. Someone told me to let my boss know how I felt. So I told my boss, at the time, that I was more talented then he was and more valuable to the company. Three weeks later, I was let go.

In high school, I was:

A bully. I was a Golden Gloves boxer and I pushed a lot of people around.

The most famous person I ever became friends with:

Toni Morrison, novelist. I was married to her niece for 18 years and we would visit her yearly in New York City.

The movie that always makes me cry:

“Gladiator”

My most treasured fashion accessory:

My Dolce & Gabanna shoes. I bought them while visiting Rome at the Spanish Steps.

My most embarrassing junk food:

Doritos. I pour a bottle of Red Devil hot sauce over them in the bag, shake it up and eat the whole bag.

If I wasn't an artist, I'd be:

In jail, dead or just an over-the-hill boxer.

The last book I read:

“One Man Tango,” a bio of Anthony Quinn. What a life!

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:

Ephesus Turkish Pide Pie

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:

“We're No Angels” with Humphrey Bogart

My favorite website:

My website, www.velazquezart.com

If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:

Diego Velazquez de Silva. The time period and the work — intriguing.

My childhood nickname:

Phillydog.

My favorite “bad” movie is:

“Waiting to Exhale.” Hate the movie, love Angela Bassett

My first job:

Picking beans

My worst job:

Roofing with my brother

My favorite cable channel:

Discovery History channel

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:

Yuri Buenaventura, “Salsa.” It's old, but still carries a punch.

Life would be better without:

Guns!!!!!

If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:

Pat Metheny Group and Ruben Blades from Panama.

I never travel without my:

Beret or a hat

People would be surprised to know that:

I am very religious ... well, I try to be.

 

 
 


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