We had the good fortune of connecting with Yoni Sambo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yoni, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Life and everything that comes with it. The connections and communication between other individuals not always including myself. Other artists and seeing their struggle, behind the scenes moments and their triumphant moments. The weather changing on a daily basis, my emotions on certain days, plants that surround my environment, movies that comfort me. There are so many sources of inspiration around me, but there are days when they feel like they are more difficult to see until you revisit them again and see them in a new light.
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.
What sets it apart from others that is that they are my ideas and thoughts and mine alone. It’s kinda like taking this world that lives in my head and showcasing it to the world and having others around me see what I see in my head. Just giving the outside world a sample of what goes on in my mind.
I would say I am quite proud of my art exhibition from a month ago at how smooth it went and just everything worked so smoothly together. None of that could’ve been achieved without the team that worked on it, so all the gratitude in the world and thank you’s to them.
I’m excited for what’s next I guess. And that’s just a giant question mark as to what’s next for me. Maybe another art show although this last one took a lot out of me. I’m just excited I guess to just get back to creating random things and trying new concepts for the sake of just creating something. It’s just pure torture to leave a concept as an idea and to just leave it at that.
It’s definitely not an easy road. There are quite a few roadblocks, hills and potholes along the road, but that’s what makes this entire journey fun. You learn a lot of lessons along the way as you continue to create this best version of yourself and not just as an artist, but also as a human being.
I’ve learned many lessons along the way. Learning when to put the camera down for some time, to take breaks, to understand when a burnout is on the horizon, to not push yourself over the edge as you don’t actually progress towards anything better, but rather just a burnout. Lots of depression, anxiety and panic attacks sprinkled in there. But I’ve learned to deal with these issues in various forms. Whether it be therapy (highly recommend), taking a break and finding joy in other mediums whether it be painting, playing music, trying new food places or even just going out trying something you’ve never done before and spending time with loved ones.
I’ve simply learned to welcome all the failures and that’s why I’m able to create better work each time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh wow, where do I even begin? I guess all I can say is if you know me, I really like to eat so I hope you can keep up.
Cantina Gia or Gezellig for brunch. Stop by Drip House (where my current art exhibition is being showcased) and then Drip House Cocktail Bar later in the evening for drinks and apps. Honestly it would just be a list of restaurants to go eat at. Definitely hit up all you can eat at Gyubee Japanese Grill, Soul Stone Sushi and Happy Lamb hot pot. I personally love Izakaya places so definitely add Kuidaore and Izakaya Shingen onto that list as well.
What else can we add… Pizza Nerds, Farinella, Heartbreakers, Dreamland, Le Poisson Bleu, Whalesbone, Evoo, Koreana, Jadeland…all I can say is get ready to eat haha
Oh and dessert I guess too eh? Beachconers or Moo Shu for ice cream. And of course if you know me, then you know we’d have to get bubble tea at Gong Cha, Kung Fu Tea, Cha Time, Tiger Sugar, Sip Tea, OneZo or anywhere really!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout all the creatives minds and artists that surround me. Whether we talk often or not at all and I simply see their work over social media platforms, a lot of these artists push me to do better. Also the creative minds that work in collaboration with me and just allow myself to create without boundaries. Major shoutout to the creatives that allowed me to create my first solo art exhibition a month ago: Michaela (MVB Creates), Anika (Casa Muze), Jake (Roam Co.), Annika C. (Make-up Artist), Rey (Drip House) and just any other artists that have impacted me indirectly as well.