We had the good fortune of connecting with Guri Stark and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Guri, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by uniqueness. By what appears (to me) to be different than the “standard” or common. By what jumps above the background noise. In business, as well as in art, I have always looked for creative ideas that are unique, that are different. To me uniqueness implies creativity – creativity of mind and of practice. I have realized that unique ideas have had their way to be noticed and appreciated. Some people (think about Picasso and Cubism, or Steve Jobs and soft keyboards in telephones) had worked hard to find a unique way to express themselves. And that unique way (for Picasso = Cubism) defined their careers. In business and in art, I have always asked myself: what can I do to get noticed. What product ideas, marketing ideas, sales approaches can I implement to be noticed? What type of paintings should I paint to be noticed and remembered?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was an executive in the high-tech world for over forty years, But all along, my passion was on art and music. I have been actively painting for over thirty years, and along the way developed my unique style. When I turned fifty, I decided to start giving back to the community by providing (mostly free) lectures on art and artists. Art is a common denominator to all people of all types, and my mission is to focus people on art and not on politics… To achieve that I have spent a lot for time researching art history and the life and styles of artists, and have enriched myself with knowledge, that I am now giving back to the community. I have been giving art lectures for close to twenty years. Through my studies of art and artists I was influenced by some of the greatest art masters, and developed my own style that is very color-rich and expressionistic. I am striving to capture moments in time and present them in the paintings along with my feelings toward them. So, in general, you can classify my art as an expressionistic collection of moments. (see www.guristark.com)
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Assuming this is my friend’s first-time visit in San Diego: I would show him a combination of nature, culture and art. I would take him to La Jolla cove and stroll along the beach, hike in Torrey Pines state park, climb Iron Mountain and visit some of the area lakes (Lake Miramar, Mission Bay, Lake Hodges…). I will take him the the museum of art in Balboa Park and the museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. For eating, I’ll try to expose him to a variety of restaurants in different location – Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, etc. If we still have time, I would drive north on Road #1 to Dana point and Laguna Beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For my business background, I would give a shoutout to Steve Jobs and his creativeness. His way to defy common thinking, come up with ideas that were waaay out of the box, and actually implement them. For my artistic side, I would give a shoutout to Mark Chagall because he found a way to be unique with his dream-like art style, and incorporate into it his life perspectives and philosophies. And to top it off – I would like to recognize Leonardo da Vinci as an example for a man that was multi-disciplinary – since I believe that being broad-focused gives you and advantage both in management and in life.