We had the good fortune of connecting with Sergey Gornushkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sergey, how do you think about risk?
Risk is everything, it shaped me entirely! My father took a risk leaving the Soviet Union, now I am in the United States. I took a risk to go to Los Angeles after college without a good reason, now I am President of the San Diego Sculptors Guild. I took a risk to gift a sculpture to a mayor of Puertecitos in Baja, now I am CEO and Principal Artist of Pez Gallery and have installed 30 large-scale sculptures in Mexico with the latest 35 foot tower/mausoleum commemorating the founding father of Puertecitos since 1949! I took a risk having a wife for twelve years, now I have a beautiful son Fenix, who’s the center of my universe!…well, the last one wasn’t a risk, it was fate!) So, with that said, without risk…where would I be? Who would I be? Perhaps I would still be a decent human being, but taking risk definitely pushes you to new heights!
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 sculptor. I am President of the San Diego Sculptors Guild and CEO/Principal Artist of Pez Gallery in Baja California. My career spans over a decade, a decade of success, failure and everything in between. I have built over 50 large-scale sculptures for School Districts, Fairgrounds, City Municipalities, and internationally. I have curated over 100 exhibits, participated in numerous shows and led groups of people toward artistic nirvana! Being a professional artist, still, you always have to remind yourself to keep going, it’s tempting to quit sometimes…but then what would I do!? I believe in my message, in my skills, my friends and in my talent, and if that’s not enough to succeed, then I don’t know what is!
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.
Balboa Park would be first, it’s truly a gem in San Diego…it’s as if you are in Spain! My studio and gallery, The San Diego Sculptors Guild, is in Balboa Park..so naturally we would go there and have lunch among art and culture. Next stop, Ocean Beach. It’s a great place to relax by the beach, grab a beer and mingle with locals, who are usually more loco then other places..and that’s great! Then of course we would drive down to my place in Baja California. Puertecitos is on the Sea of Cortez, with amazing views, a sense of complete remoteness and closeness with nature. Besides Puertecitos we could travel Baja…you could easily spend years there non-stop, a week is too short for next time, I’ll tell my friend!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a long list of people and organizations that I am grateful for…let’s start from the beginning and stay focused: Parents, Relatives,Friends, Russia, United States, University of Florida, General Motors, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Diego Sculptors Guild, Clara Orozco and the Orozco Family, Baja California, My Wife, My Son, Sculpture!