Roxy Banos

While her artistic interests were evident from a young age, Roxy Banos' full creative immersion began in 2020 when she delved into modeling, styling, and directing photoshoots.
Where are you from and when did you first show an interest in art? 

I am a native born Cuban but was primarily raised in Miami and Tampa, Florida. When I was in grade school, I was very engaged artistically taking interest in drawing, painting, sewing, and even played some instruments but honestly I mostly focused on academics. It wasn’t until 2020 when I decided to focus my attention into my creative endeavors, it just felt right at that moment. It started with modeling, styling, and directing my own shoots and then eventually I started collaborating with more artists in the area. Creating slowly started to consume a majority of my time but in the best way because through that I’ve met incredible people and have had great experiences. In August of 2022 I decided to move to Los Angeles to further pursue my career and to have the opportunity for more growth. Now that I have more experience, I know that directing, producing, and visual arts is my calling and honestly it feels great to indulge in “my thing”.

Are your parents supportive in your decision to become an artist?

Thankfully, I have very supportive parents who are understanding and are excited for me to follow my dreams. My mom is a designer/seamstress and my dad grew up wanting to work in radio so they understand a creative passion.

Art for art’s sake or art for food on the table? Are you a full-time artist? What’s paying the bills?

This is a good question because I believe it’s all subjective to the person creating and their perspective. In my case, I definitely create because it’s my release and something I thoroughly enjoy in every aspect. I think an artist’s dream is to create full time but that’s a goal that takes a lot of time and dedication to your craft, and of course the right circumstances. It’s much easier for me to devote time to creating because it’s my main focus other than keeping myself alive. On the other hand, plenty of artists need to provide and care for their families, and that can take time away from pursuing a passion. Thankfully right now I’m in a position where even when I’m not working on my personal projects, I’m still getting paid to be in creative space and contribute to that environment. The real currency for me is knowledge and I’m learning so much… it feels great.

What connects you to your peers who make similar types of art? What do you think sets you apart?

What connects me to my peers is honestly the unapologetic love that we have for art. The people I consider my peers and friends aren’t here for clout or fame. We truly love this shit, and if social media didn’t exist our passion would still be the same. There are hundreds of projects and things being done that will probably never come out publicly and they are just as good or even better than what you’re seeing on your favorite inspo page. We do this on & off the gram without speaking about it. That’s love and passion. What I feel sets me apart though is how purposeful I am with anything I touch. Once I become involved with a project things are going to get done accurately and quickly. I find solutions to everything and don’t take no for an answer. I’m also never scared to put on a different hat and fill in a role to get things done. I become very involved in things I’m passionate about. I just dive in fully and let my creativity flow freely with no restraints and the gears just turn and turn.

"Once I become involved with a project things are going to get done accurately and quickly. I find solutions to everything and don't take no for an answer."

Describe your music in 3 words. Now describe yourself as an artist in 3 words.

It’s hard to view my work subjectively since it is so personal but I would say underground, expressive, and innovative. The 3 words I believe describe me best are ambitious, purposeful, and visionary.

What are some of the current projects keeping you busy? How many unfinished works do you have in the vault at this very moment?

Tapping into different mediums such as film and performance art is what’s taking up my curiosity right now, fun things I’m working on. Also really have been loving creative direction so definitely sticking with that. I have my first music video releasing in the upcoming weeks, can’t wait to have that out. I’m really focusing more on producing creative projects and visual arts. I’m in a stage where I’m learning a lot and intaking a lot of information to apply to my craft so I’m pacing myself to comfortably push my boundaries. I’m constantly working and creating, the only way I can stay sane. The more life experience the better my creations get.

What does “success” look like for you as an artist? Do you have any dream collaborations?

For me, success is the freedom to create freely at any scale and without restrictions. The words “can’t” shouldn’t exist in an artist’s vocabulary. The perfect circumstance for me is having the right resources, the funding, and the time to execute. Not to jinx myself, but I rarely ever get creative blocks so as soon as everything aligns I don’t see myself letting up. I wouldn’t say I have a dream collaboration but I do see myself enjoying working with recording artists when it comes to their visuals and stage sets. Imagine being the set designer for Beyonce or The Weeknd’s, or ROSALIA’s tours. Bananas. I’m also a fashion enthusiast so I see myself working with luxury fashion houses on their artistic direction as a brand. To name a few: Alexander McQueen, Alyx, and Maison Margelia mean a lot to me creatively.

Do you have any habits that help or hinder your progression as an artist? What are some of your biggest challenges?

A habit that I feel helps my creative process is being persistent. Once an idea lingers long enough in my head I immediately have to begin executing and getting it out of my system. It’s like a boiling pot of creativity, I guess. I rarely have ideas pile up, if it feels good I’m making it happen for sure. Although I try to be very thorough in my creative process I find that the only time I feel not completely content is when I let others have too much involvement. This makes me sound like a control freak but some people just end up not being on the same page and it’s okay… but for me, it disrupts and alters my experience. I guess I’m very exact and personal (because it’s art) with my work. My biggest challenge which I’ve definitely improved on, is overworking myself. I have to remind myself to stick to my lane and perfect what I know I’m good at instead of being all over the place. A jack of all trades is a master of none. Now that I’ve lived in Los Angeles for a year, it can feel wrong at the moment to turn things down but if I know it isn’t aligned with my path and goals, I’m better off without it.

What do you do when you’re not creating? Do you have a preferred method of escape?

I love music and it’s a huge source of inspiration for me. Music has the ability to transport me wherever I would like, it’s my escape. When I’m not creating it brings me a lot of joy to spend time with my close friends, and when I get the chance I love to fly back home and bond with my family. Lately, though, I’ve been enjoying the outdoors more and going on hikes or just exploring nature. It feels very healing and like a reset. Also, shopping. Retail therapy is real, and I’m very guilty.

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