Who are you and what do you do?

My names Sammy Hernandez, on social media I go by Korupt Sam. Im a Design/ artist. I make cool stuff

Why do you do what you do?

Umm… I mean Ive always been a artist since I was a youngin. My parents put me in private art classes when I was young, and from then on forward Ive always been into creating. As of recently Ive been getting back into abstract art.

How do you work?

I like to work solo to be honest. Head phones in, maybe a joint or two, and then I kinda just go from there.

What’s your background?

Im Mexican american from a small coastal town (Watsonville,CA) Grew up vandalizing doing graffiti, skating, and all that reckless stuff. I get a lot of influence from my background and how I grew up.

What role does the artist have in society?

I believe artist are the ones who bring light to whats going on around the world. If it weren’t for creatives we wouldn’t have visuals of history. We play a very important role.

How has your practice change over time

Overtime? mmm… My practice is always changing. My style is developing everyday, and to be honest I get inspired very easily. Overtime though? I think Ive been able to loosen up a bit more and be more free with what I create. I used to be very nit picky and was kind of a perfectionist. Now I just go with the flow.

What art do you most identify with?

I would say urban/ contemporary art.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

As of lately I really enjoy oil pastels on sketch paper, but that could change tomorrow for all i know.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood that influenced your art?

My very first art teacher “Susan” s/o Susan doing her thing in Hawaii! She taught me everything I know and is the reason I like abstract art so much. I remember her having me re-create paintings by Pablo Picasso, Ive been going Heavy with the abstract lol.

What’s your scariest experience?

Car crash last year with my girl in the car. Seeing how frightened she was scared the fuck outta me and really had me appreciate life.

What’s your favourite art work?

Artwork of my own? I would say everything I create is my favorite, its how I express myself.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Real Life situation… I remember running into a dope artist named Ron Bass at Agenda Show in Las Vegas. He had a small booth doing live art on a leather jacket, we talked a bit, and I told him how dope his work was. Fast forward to last year I believe, I see him again at The Vegas show, but this time he had a huuuge booth with a whole collection of apparel he created. We talked a bit, caught up and all, and at that point I was like yoooo, bro really elevated and did his thing. Thats when I decided to go harder with my craft.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Veterinary assistant, Gym manager, worked at bubba jump for 2 weeks lol, Now I’m currently a Creative Director for a Creative non profit called Project Level in San Francisco.

Why art?

Ive been in the mix since I can remember, Art chose me.

What is your favorite food?

Food?.. I say a good burger and a beer to go along. Song? I have no specific song, I listen to everything. Different songs make me feel different ways.

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

Ehh I would say no. I have a very social lifestyle and like being in uncomfortable situations at times. Art is my getaway, when I wanna shut my social life off for a day or two.

What do you dislike about the art world?

mmm… don’t really got anything to say about this.

What do you dislike about your work?

I used to dislike I lot of things. No I just go with it

What do you like about your work?

I like that fact that its mine. I made that, it has my twist to it.

What superpower would you have and why?

The power to be invisible. Why? So I can disappear at times and not worry about things around me. Also so I can find truths about certain things.

Name something you love, and why.

I love to daydream. Its a way of relaxing, and inspiring your self.

What is your dream project?

Being able to display work at some of the biggest museums. Starting off in San Francisco. 

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

A lil bit of Yayoi Kusama, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Bobby Hundreds. They all inspired me.

Favourite or most inspirational place ?

The Streets of San Francisco 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Be selfish (the good kind of selfish) love yourself and others, follow god, and never let anyone push you around.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

Take on as many large projects at possible. Ones that I created and oversee.