Chilean-born artist / designer / activist Sebastian Errazuriz captivates us with tales of his rigorous arts training, examples of his immaculate hustle and a specific method he employs whenever he needs to force an idea up to the surface. He’s as disciplined and driven as an Olympic athlete, and hell-bent on having us all re-think reality. Listen:
Sebastian opens up about his rigorous upbringing with a very strict father who helped him begin his art training at a very early age. He also recalls many poignant moments about his relationship with his Dad.
He talks about taking risks and never being afraid of asking for what you want, using his own life as examples. He's quite persuasive. His dedication to the importance of making design and art, and making it as big as life (sometimes bigger) is reflected in many of his unique works, from his transforming cabinets to his "A Pause in the City That Never Sleeps" public art project:
"A Pause in the City That Never Sleeps" - Every night in January 2015 at 11:57 PM, Sebastian’s 3-minute yawning video graces the Times Square’s spectacular signs at 42nd-47th Streets, between Broadway and 7th avenue.
Sebastian also reveals how he was aware of his mortality at a very early age, which drives him to create as much as he possibly can while he's still young and energetic. His inspiring devotion to his craft, his creative methods for generating ideas, and contagious enthusiasm are not to be missed - tune into the episode above.
Above: Sebastian's Wave cabinet is one in a series of functional art cabinetry pieces.
Training the brain and body were topics he elaborates on— he talks about his unusual yet effective method to invoke creativity on a daily basis, and how he tries to get a workout in every day while in the studio (thus, the weights in the shot above!).
We encourage you to also listen to his TED talk: