We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Luckysova and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, why did you pursue a creative career?
Great question! I have always been artistically inclined, but didn’t pursue the artistic career until I moved to the US from Ukraine 15 years ago. For a while I treated it as such – a career; going from a relatively successful professional photography field, into commission painting and finally maturing into becoming a sculptor. It’s been a long process to realize the only way, for me personally, to stay truly passionate and loyal to my art is to actually stop viewing it as a career. I have compartmentalized my life into various aspects and the art no longer falls under the financial category. I simply do it, because it is my legacy, something beautiful I want to leave behind for the world to see. I know I will do it for the rest of my life, simply because I love it and not doing it is not an option. I don’t care if it sells. When it does sell, I smile. I take it as a compliment.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Ukrainian-American sculptor creating surrealistic art with unconventional materials. I am also a full time futures trader. These two professions complement each other and help me realize myself in a balanced way. Neither one is “easy”, by any means… I believe, statistically speaking, only 0.1% of non-institutional traders succeed in making consistent profits; and I don’t really know exact numbers for the artists, as it’s hard to classify what constitutes success in this field, but I imagine it is rare for a sculptor to gain both recognition and financial stability in a timely manner… I’m not saying it’s impossible to be a well paid artist in their 30′, who does only what they love. I just personally found it too difficult to achieve without undermining my creativity, so I decided not to compromise, and instead, find another path to where I wanted to be in life. Thankfully, I have more than one proclivity. While I still have a long way to go, I consider myself very lucky and I’m well on my way to being successful – in my own eyes. I believe the most influential shift in my thinking occurred when I realized how little time there was to enjoy everything I wanted. There is no “some day”. There is only today and now. And there is absolutely no unsolvable problem, just the time and determination needed to find solutions; and there is always more than one solution:) I travel a lot between San Diego and Mexico. I’m currently in Puerto Vallarta. This lifestyle is very conducive to broadening horizons, getting out of my comfort zone and finding inspiration.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you are asking about San Diego, I personally love the hiking trails, Glider Point sunset dancing, strolling the venues in Little Italy and getting some Harney’s sushi in Old Town. If you ever come to Mexico, the options for entertainment, nature and art scene are limitless.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
On a personal level I owe everything to my partner Drew, who has supported my emotional and financial growth. He has helped me gain confidence in my abilities, break negative thought patterns and go after realization of my full potential. On a professional level there are many artists whom I admire, both past and living. The list is rather long, but the ones that pop immediately into my mind would be Rodin, Szukalski. Bosch. From the living: Ellen Jewett, Kris Kuksi, Aaron Demetz, Sophie Kahn, Han Hsu Tung, Michal Macku, Pichiavo, Agnes Cecile, Adam Martinakis, and too many others to list.